World’s Best Chili Makes a Super Bowl!


The World’s Best Chili happens to be Venison Chili: and it makes a Super Bowl!

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World’s Best Venison Chili: this chili recipe works equally well with beef, perfect for the Super Bowl.

 See what I did there? Did you like that? I managed to put a pun in my recipe title! All my punny dreams are coming true.

I can die happy now.

But I won’t. Not until I share this wonderful recipe with you. Because when you’ve learned a thing or two in this life, you really ought to share the things you’ve learned before you charge down the Football Field of Life to that Big End Zone in the Sky.

So before you Drop Kick Me, Sweet Jesus, Through the Goal Posts of Life, allow me to teach my friends how I make this venison chili recipe, that works equally well with beef. 

And help me to to teach them, without scaring them off, how to make their own chile powder, just like I do. 

Waiting for it….in 3…2…1….


Why yes, I do! And you can, too.

(Also, when I’m talking about the dish, it’s spelled “chili”. But when I’m talking about the spice, or spice blend, it’s “chile”. Trust me on this.)

I learned the process of making my own chili powder from chef Rick Bayless, who is an authority on Mexican Cooking. (I ate at his famous Frontera Restaurant in Chicago, and LOVED it!) He calls his chili recipe that I adapted my recipe from The World’s Greatest Chili. And it pretty much is. But I may have made it better. At least, it’s the best for MY family. My recipe calls for venison, because that’s what I have and that’s what I use, but you don’t have to. Rick Bayless doesn’t. And, I cut down a bit on the chili powder, because my family can only take so much heat.  And I added more tomatoes. And more beans. Because if you’re going to make a pot of chili, you might as well make enough for leftovers. Am I right?

We like to eat it with a sprinkling of cheddar cheese, a dollop of sour cream, cilantro, and tortilla chips on the side. It would make a GREAT centerpiece dish around which to build your Super Bowl party menu. Warm, comforting, with a kick from the chili powder, creaminess from the cheddar cheese and sour cream, and some crunch from the tortilla chips. 

And you really WON’T BELIEVE how much of a difference it makes to make your own chili powder. No, really! It’s so easy to do, and so very worth it, and it only takes a couple of extra minutes. I use dried ancho chiles (the brand I bought is Frontera), which I bought at Walmart, in the produce section. (In my town, Walmart is actually a great place to find a wide variety of ingredients for Mexican recipes.)

I use a Vitamix blender to do this, and am not positive how well it works in an ordinary blender, but it seems to me like it should work out fine.


  1. Cut off the stems from and slice open a couple of dried ancho chile peppers. Remove and discard the seeds. 
    How to Make Your Own Chilie Powder

    How to Make Your Own Chile Powder

    Place chiles on a hot cast iron griddle (or some type of skillet), flattening them with a spatula, and toast them so that they release their oils a bit. It takes about 15-20 seconds for them to begin releasing their wonderful aroma. Then flip them and let them toast on the other side as well. Mine smoke, just a bit, but you don’t want to allow them to burn.

  2. How to make your own chile powder

    See the dried ancho chiles toasting on the griddle?

  3. (At this point, you have options. You can either whir them up in your Vitamix – or another really good blender or spice grinder – and you’ll have dry chile powder that you can use for other recipes OR you can follow the directions for THIS recipe – making the World’s Best Chili – which you’ll find in step 4. )

    How to Make Your Own Chile Powder

    I love seeing the smoke rise up off of them while they’re toasting.

  4. Place the toasted chiles in a bowl and cover with about 2 c. of water, to rehydrate them. Let them rehydrate for about 30 minutes. 

    How to Make Your Own Chile Powder

    Pour the chiles and the water into the Vitamix, with the garlic and the cumin.

  5. Pour them into a Vitamix, and throw in 3 peeled garlic cloves, and 1 t. cumin. Purée until you have no lumps. But try not to let it get TOO foamy. I use a low speed.

    Top view of chile purée

    View from the top of the Vitamix: just a little bit of foam on top of the purée.

  6. You have arrived! You have now made the spice mixture that is going to flavor your Super Bowl of Chili. There will be just a little bit of foam on top, and that’s OK.So, now that you see how easy the process really is, you must try it for yourself, so you can see what a difference it makes in the flavor of your dishes that call for chile powder!And, onward to MY recipe, for the World’s Best Chili. The one that absolutely makes  a Super Bowl!
    The World's Best Chili
    Serves 6
    Venison Chili, made with your own homemade chile powder!
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    Prep Time
    45 min
    Cook Time
    1 hr 15 min
    Total Time
    2 hr
    Prep Time
    45 min
    Cook Time
    1 hr 15 min
    Total Time
    2 hr
    1. 2 large dried ancho chiles, stemmed and seeded
    2. 3 garlic cloves
    3. 1 t. ground cumin
    4. 2 T. canola oil
    5. 2 lbs. ground venison
    6. 1 large onion, chopped
    7. 2 14.5 oz cans of fire roasted diced tomatoes
    8. 2 14.5 oz cans of dark red kidney beans
    9. 2 T. masa harina
    10. 1 1/2 t. salt
    1. Cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese
    2. Sour cream
    3. Cilantro or green onions
    4. Tortilla chips
    Chile Seasoning
    1. Heat a medium size skillet over medium heat. When the skillet is hot, open chiles flat, and press down with a spatula, toasting chiles 15 to 20 seconds on each side.
    2. Place toasted chiles in a bowl, and cover with approximately 2 c. of hot water to rehydrate for 30 minutes. Drain.
    3. In a blender or food processor, combine the chiles, their soaking water, the garlic and the cumin. Blend to a smooth purée.
    Brown the meat and the onion
    1. Heat the oil in a Dutch oven over medium high heat. When hot, add onion and cook for 2 or 3 minutes. Then add meat. Stir, breaking up clumps, till meat is browned thoroughly, about 10 minutes. (Venison is a low-fat meat, but if you are using ground beef, you may want to drain off some fat at this point.)
    Finishing the chili
    1. Add the chili purée and stir for about 5 minutes. Simmer uncovered for about 45 minutes. Add tomatoes, beans, masa harina and salt. Partially cover and simmer gently over medium low heat, stirring frequently, until the sauce has reduced to coat the meat rather thickly, about 30 minutes.
    2. Allow each person to garnish their bowl with their favorite ingredients: cheese, sour cream, cilantro or green onions. Serve with tortilla chips.
    1. Masa harina is a corn flour, used to thicken the chili.It is like a very finely ground corn meal.
    2. It is available, as are the dried ancho chiles, in the Hispanic section of the International section of larger grocery stores.
    Adapted from Rick Bayless
    Adapted from Rick Bayless
    That Susan Williams

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  1. Hubby is a great chili-fan, will be making this for certain!
    My recent post Dogs make no sense

  2. I could not help but think of a time my daughter was learning to make her own chili powder and rubbed her eyes. Do not touch your eyes!
    I was always afraid to try it because of that but it looks so easy and good…
    I never heard of Masa harina. I will be looking for that…

  3. Everyone seems to have a favorite chili recipe, but this is by far my very favorite. I have tried many "best chili" recopies but I think I have ended my search. You can always adjust to your liking, but it has the right amount of beans and was loved by my family and friends!

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