a bowl of elk chili

The BEST Elk Chili

The best elk chili using everyday simple products. You will find this to be a simple and great way to use your elk burger.

Elk Chili Recipe

I am always trying to find new ways to use elk burger! Sometimes it’s the bull in rut, sometimes it’s the delicious cow elk.

Making chili, especially going into the fall and winter, is my favorite time for this recipe.

It’s so cool to be able to harvest your own elk and often times you find yourself with massive amounts of elk burger.

Smoked elk chili and elk stew meat chili are a couple of recipes I will have a series of “use your elk burger” coming soon!

You may also love: Montana Elk Hunting Tips

Some things to know about elk burger is that it is lean! The traditional beef verses elk, are different but in my opinion in a good way.

Something is special about going on a hunt, harvesting that animal and making awesome meals with it. As Joe Rogan says there is no better meat.

I love hunting in the early elk season with my bow and making a kill knowing exactly from the kill to table where the meat has been.

I like recipes like this that are so simple that after I have made them once or twice I can make it by memory every time.

It’s also great to be able to add things in like onions, garlic powder.

Elk Chili Ingredients

The ingredients in the chili are simple…

elk chili ingredients
  • Ground elk meat
  • Tomato sauce
  • Chili beans
  • Cumin
  • Optional American cheese

Ground Elk

Elk meat is delicious and one of the most lean of wild game meats. No need to drain it!

Ground elk meat

I love during the cool months, during hunting season, to make a large batch of elk chili. You can make enough to last several days.

I hope you enjoy this blissful meal!

Bowl of elk Chili

What to Serve with Elk Chili

Some love a simple peanut butter sandwich, a cinnamon roll, or we personally love this easy yeast rolls for beginners recipe. It never fails.

Yield: 4

The Best Elk Chili

a bowl of elk chili

The best elk chili. Simple around the house ingredients.

Cook Time 15 minutes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1lb ground elk meat
  • 1 15oz can of tomato sauce
  • 2 15oz cans of chili beans
  • 8 slices of American cheese (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons of cumin


  1. brown 1lb of elk meat in a stove pot on medium heat until cooked through.
  2. Add tomato sauce, chili beans, cumin.
  3. Add 8 slices of American cheese until melted.
  4. Stir and reduce heat to simmer.
  5. Allow simmer for 5 minutes prior to serving.


Cheese is optional but will add a salt flavor. Add salt and pepper to your liking. You can serve this with a classic peanut butter sandwich.

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