Reel Recipes: Bachelor Venison Chili

Reel Recipes: Bachelor Venison Chili

Reel Recipes: Bachelor Venison Chili


This recipe is by far my family’s favorite meal on those cold and snowy days after sitting in the treestand for hours. It’s so good however, that I’ve been known to make this delicious meal in all weather, including the heat of the summer! This is a sweet chili, so it’s great for those that can’t handle the kick of spices or for those that are picky eaters. The original recipe was given to me by a friend; it originally called for 2 hours of cook time and a dutch oven which I didn’t have at the time. I also did not have the patience to wait the two hours of cooking time so I’ve made modifications to make it more convenient as well as tastier for my family.


Bachelor Venison Chili (Sweet Chili)

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes

Serves: 8-10



2lbs of ground venison

½ cup chopped onion

3 garlic cloves, minced

2 cans (14½ oz) petite diced tomatoes, drained

1 can (28 oz) Bush’s Baked Beans Original

3 tbsp of salsa

2 tbsp of brown sugar

2 tsp of chili powder

½ tsp of garlic salt

½ tsp pf pepper

Maple Syrup to taste (REAL maple syrup), save till almost the end



  1. In a large saucepan, cook meat, onion, and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Once fully cooked, drain excess oil.
  2. While meat is cooking, place the remaining ingredients, except the maple syrup, in a large pot and bring to a light boil.
  3. Once meat is fully cooked and drained stir into the sauce mixture.
  4. Add in maple syrup to your liking (taste test), I prefer a sweeter chili so I use at least a cup of maple syrup.
  5. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.




Megan Radtke

Megan Radtke is an accomplished hunter and angler with a unique ability to share her love for the great outdoors and all things wild with her family and friends. Growing up in a region known to sportsman for its wide variety of hunting and fishing opportunities, Megan immersed herself in a Central Wisconsin lifestyle filled with options. For example: deciding which tree stand to hunt after school or if she’d have better luck fishing instead were just some of the decisions this young woman had to make. Surrounded by an outdoors bound family, filled with love and mentors galore Megan grew up hook and worm fishing for native brook trout and rifle hunting whitetail bucks. She had soon discovered however that wasn’t challenging enough so over the years she’s taken on fly fishing and bow hunting, actually quitting rifle hunting altogether. It soon became apparent that chasing whitetails and longbeards wasn’t enough for her, so she set her sights on something even bigger: Black Bear. Bear hunting was relatively new for Megan’s family, but she pursued it with tenacity, finding a new passion and even harvesting a Pope and Young bruin. Outside of hunting, Megan is an avid photographer, having been published by the Montana Department of Tourism. She also loves sharing her passion for the outdoors with other women and children, introducing them to the sport. She encourages women to break barriers and to prove that they can do what they love while crushing the glass ceiling of a male dominated sport.

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