Have y’all tried cooking with bison? I first used it last year after hearing about it’s nutritional superiority to beef: 75 percent less fat, 40 percent more protein, loads of iron. I was happy to discover how yummy it is, too, and now I use ground bison in place of beef most of the time. As I mentioned yesterday, this week is about clean, simple cooking after the indulgences of the holidays, and this super quick bison chili is packed with nutrients, yet totally satisfies comfort food cravings on a cold winter’s night. Serve simply, sprinkled with a little english cheddar, a skillet of cornbread and glasses of cab. Keep reading for the recipe…Β 

Quick Bison Chili

*serves 4

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1/2 pound ground bison
  • 1- 28 oz can diced tomatoes in juice (use fire-roasted, if you can find them.)
  • 1- 28 oz can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • grated cheddar and sliced scallions, for serving
  1. In a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat oil over medium-high. Add onion and garlic, and season with salt and pepper. Cook until softened, 3 to 5 minutes.
  2. Add tomato paste, chili powder and cumin. Cook, stirring, until mixture is fragrant, about 1 minute. Add bison, and cook, breaking up with a spoon, until no longer pink, about 3 minutes.
  3. Add tomatoes (with their juice) and beans. Bring to a boil over high; reduce to a simmer, and cook until chili is slightly thickened, 10 to 15 minutes. Serve with toppings.

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Comments (15)
  1. 1
    Hello Lover December 27, 2011 at 7:35 am

    this looks amazing! I cannot wait to try this!

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    Jessa Belle December 27, 2011 at 8:59 am

    Not quite sure why the thought of bison squeaks me up slightly? Maybe because a friend use to have them as pets? Anywho, that recipe looks amazing and sounds delicious!

    Love & Lollies… Jessa

    Confessions of the Cupcake Countessa

    • Camille Styles December 27, 2011 at 9:08 am

      I know, I know, it’s a little weird…but I swear you will NOT even notice that you’re not eating beef!

  3. 3
    The Design Daredevil {Jessie D Miller} December 27, 2011 at 9:37 am

    That looks SO good! I am starting to get nauseous from indulging, so a healthy recipe is much needed. Thanks!

  4. 4
    Kelly December 27, 2011 at 11:21 am

    Looks amazing Camille, must make this soon! Wonder if it would be good with turkey sausage as well?

  5. 5
    Supal December 27, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    I make my chili the same way except with turkey and try adding in a little bit of unsweetened dark chocolate. It makes the chili extra creamy. I need to try the bison. I always thought it was different/difficult to cook?

    • Camille Styles December 27, 2011 at 3:13 pm

      It’s a cinch. Just cook it a little less time than you would beef since it can dry out a little faster. Love the idea of the unsweetened chocolate! I bet that would add so much depth…

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    viv December 27, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Found you via Sacramento Street and am now following πŸ™‚

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    Tiffany @ Savor Home December 27, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    That looks fabulous! Ted Turner owns a few restaurants here in Atlanta that specialize in bison burgers and they are GOOD! Bison tastes way better than beef in my book. I will have to try this chili!

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    Jonii December 27, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    So simple and quick! I’m going to have to try this one. πŸ™‚

  9. 9
    Barchb December 28, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    My trainer got me hooked on bison a few years ago. We do bison burgers, bison meatloaf, and bison chili. We tried bison meatballs but they weren’t our fave experiment. We will have to try this recipe during Austin’s brief cold snap!

    • Chanel Dror December 28, 2011 at 12:22 pm

      Yes, it’s an absolute must! Camille introduced it to me about a year ago, and it’s been a staple in my house ever since πŸ™‚

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    Anna January 22, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    For a super healthy version, this recipe works great with 2 veggie patties instead of bison meat and a spritz of olive oil spray instead of 1 tablespoon. Have made at least 5 pots of this chili since you posted it! Delicious!

    • Camille Styles January 22, 2012 at 4:18 pm

      Oh what a great veggie spin on this recipe! Can’t wait to try Anna!

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    playgroundparadise April 22, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Does anyone have any idea on the nutritional information for this recipe?