Wakannai wrote: My dad killed two deer when I was a kid, but we didn't have venison steaks where I might have had the opportunity to understand. He turned every scrap of meat from those two deer into chili. We had deer chili every day for weeks until I hated the stuff. I do know that Venison chili tastes like beef chili. I dunno if that is due to the overload of spices or what not though. .
One of the things you find in chili is that the spices are the main affair and the meat takes a back seat. By gamey, I would say there is a stronger more bold flavor to venison than to beef, which is a bit more mild. This is largely due to what the wild life feed on and how they roam around vs how beef cattle are fed and treated. I have also found that wild life has a larger degree of sinewy tissue etc in the meat due to their twitch fibers being more developed as every day is a life or death struggle for them, where beef cattle are pampered or at least taken care of where they don't have to worry about defending themselves and having to run for their lives.
My family lived off venison for about 8 years, due to the fact that my father brought in a full 800 dollars a month to feed, clothe and pay bills for 7 children, his wife and himself. Without the venison and other misc meat we were able to get through hunting, we would never have had meat. We also had a vegetable garden that took up 70% of our 1/2 acre back yard. again, without that, we would have had little in the way of vegetables. Heck we used to hit the farms after they would cultivate the crops and get "cull" potatoes or other vegetables to augment what we had. From this, I learned a serious appreciation for the unique flavors of pretty much anything. I also learned something that stayed with me even until now. Try it once before you decide you don't like it. If you find you don't like it, then you can make an effort to avoid it in the future.
anyways, I understand the "chicken" thing, I guess I didn't realize we were kidding about taste. chicken and beef, there are no other tastes right? lol