We saw some frozen, ground wild boar the other night, and decided to make chili!
Enjoy, because we sure did.
Wild Boar Chili Recipe
Makes 4 servings
- 1 lb ground wild boar
- 16 oz chopped, red, yellow, and green bell peppers
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 celery stalks, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tbsp cumin, ground
- 1 14.5 oz can tomato sauce (or small can of tomato paste and water)
- 1 lb carrots, chopped
- 2 tbsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp bourbon (optional)
- 1 tsp cayenne (optional)
Options, condiments, and additions
- hot sauce
- chopped cilantro
- chopped white or green onions
- shredded cheese
- sour cream
- avocado, cubed or sliced
- serve over spaghetti squash
- add 2-4 chopped zucchini or summer squash (add them when you add the chopped carrots)
Brown the boar meat in a heavy bottomed, lidded pot. Remove the meat to a bowl, and reserve about 2 tbsp fat. If your boar meat is really lean, then make up any extra with a light olive oil or another neutral tasting fat.
Saute the peppers in 1 tbsp fat until soft, cooked through, and they are starting to brown. Remove the peppers to a bowl. For a nicer textured chili, puree half of the peppers in a blender, if desired.
Saute the onion and celery in 1 tbsp fat until the onions are soft and translucent. Add the cumin and garlic, and saute until fragrant (about 45-60 seconds). Do NOT burn the garlic. 😉
When the garlic, cumin, and onions are done, add the tomato sauce and stir to halt the cooking process.
Stir in the carrots, paprika, salt, and bourbon and cayenne (if using). Add enough additional water to make the chili thin enough to stir easily and allow the carrots to stew.
Cover and simmer for thirty minutes to an hour.
Salt to taste, and serve with your condiments of choice.
For even more veggies, stir in chopped summer squash or zucchini along with the carrots or serve over some shredded spaghetti squash!
If wild boar isn’t available, you can also use ground pork, but this basic chili would be great with any ground meat or a mixture of several. We make a similar one with ground lamb and eggplant, sometimes, and boy is that amazing!
Experiment with different meats, more (or different) veggies, hotter, jazzed up with exotic herbs and spices. …whatever.
Enjoy the Wild Boar Chili!
PS. It’s even better the next day, so go back and make it yesterday!