Chili For Change

Barack Obama has said chili is his favourite meal to cook at home. Instead of using beef in this unusual version, we opted for venison (or veal if you cannot get venison) for a healthier, more interesting chili for Obama. You can use ground meat if preferred.


2 tablespoons vegetable oil

2 pounds venison stewing meat diced in small pieces

2 cups chopped onions

1 tablespoon chopped garlic

3 tablespoons chili powder

1 tablespoon ground cumin

1 tablespoon ground coriander

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

3 cups beef or chicken stock

1 cup puréed tomatoes

2 tablespoons grated orange rind

2 cups black beans, cooked or canned and drained

Salt and freshly ground pepper


Sour cream, grated orange rind, chopped fresh coriander


Heat oil in a large pot over high heat. Add venison and brown on all sides. Remove from pan. Lower heat to medium-low, add onions and cook for 10 minutes or until softened. Add garlic and cook 2 minutes longer.

Return meat to pot and stir together with onions. Stir in chili, cumin, coriander, oregano and cayenne and cook over medium-low heat for 2 minutes or until you can smell the spices. Add beef stock, tomatoes and orange rind and bring to boil, stirring occasionally.

Cover and simmer for 1 hour. Add beans and simmer 20 minutes longer or until meat is tender. Season well with salt and pepper.

Serve each portion garnished with sour cream, a sprinkle of orange rind and coriander. Serves 6 to 8.