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Spicy Elk Chili Recipe

elk chili

This Spicy Elk Chili recipe from George Bryant is great for evenings when it’s a little bit cool outside or when you want something with some zip! The great thing about chili is that you can substitute almost any ingredient to make it the way you want it. Ground elk is a dark red, lean meat similar to venison. Enjoy this nutrient rich lunch or dinnertime treat!

Utah elk graze in the wide open mountain meadows of the west enjoying mother nature at her finest!

Author: George Bryant | Civilized Caveman

USWM Shopping List: Ground Elk, Ground Bison, or Ground Beef, Bacon Grease

Servings: 3 – 4
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 1 hr
Total Time: 1 hr 20 min

elk chili

PHOTO CREDIT: Spicy Elk Chili by George Bryant | Civilized Caveman


  • 1 pound ground elk meat (or ground beef)
  • 2 zucchini peeled and diced
  • 2 bell peppers diced
  • 1 onion peeled and diced
  • 1 8 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 14.5 ounce can fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne (leave out if you want mild)
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 tbsp bacon fat




  1. Preheat a dutch oven or large stock pot over medium heat
  2. Add in a cooking fat of your choice. I prefer to use 3 tablespoons of bacon fat
  3. Add in your onions and sweat them for about 10 minutes or until translucent
  4. Add in your peppers and zucchini and sauté for another 5 minutes
  5. Stir in your ground elk meat and all the spices and mix well, stir every minute or so for 7-9 minutes until your elk is cooked
  6. Add your tomato sauce, fire-roasted tomatoes, and cinnamon stick and stir well
  7. Reduce heat to low, cover and let simmer for at least 45 minutes
  8. Serve hot and enjoy


Slow Cooker

  1. Combine all the above ingredients in your crock pot and mix well
  2. Turn on low and let cook for 8 hours
  3. Serve and enjoy


George BryantMeet The Chef

Thanks to The Civilized Caveman, George Bryant, for another delicious dish!

George Bryant is a professional Husband, Bonus Dad and family man. He is also the New York Times Best-Selling author of The Paleo Kitchen and creator of the wildly popular Paleo food blog “Civilized Caveman Cooking Creations.” After spending the first 20-something years of his life in a constant battle with his weight, and then nearly losing both his legs while on deployment as a US Marine, George took matters into his own hands and began his own Paleo-journey. What started as a simple place to post recipes for friends, has since turned into an award-winning food blog. After being in the Marines for 12 years, George has since been medically separated and is enjoying working full time creating delicious Paleo recipes, while hoping to change as many lives for the better by making REAL food recipes simple and tasty.