Bison Chili

This recipe abounds in flavors from classic chili spices and veggies, plus zesty salsa for extra zing. Use a hot salsa and additional chilies for even more zing! Bison is as tasty and nutritious as beef but it’s a bit leaner so using ground bison, as the meat for a batch of hearty chili is a great no-fail way to cook it. If bison isn’t available, the flavors in this recipe will enhance any ground meat you have on hand.  

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Bison Chili

Servings 4

Total Time: 120 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours

Nutrition Information

calories 428

carbohydrate 11g

protein 41g

fat 23g

saturated fat 10g

cholesterol 88mg

sodium 1764mg

potassium 308mg

fiber 2g

sugar 6g


  • 1 tablespoon(s) coconut oil tallow, bacon grease, or lard
  • 1/2 medium onion(s) diced
  • 3 medium celery stalk(s) diced
  • 2 medium garlic clove(s) sliced
  • 13/4 pound(s) bison, ground (elk, venison, or beef may be substituted)
  • 2 teaspoon(s) cumin
  • 2 teaspoon(s) chili powder
  • 2 teaspoon(s) thyme, dried
  • 1 jar(s) salsa (12 oz)
  • 1 can(s) tomatoes, diced (8 oz)
  • 1 can(s) green chiles, mild (7 oz)
  • 2 teaspoon(s) sea salt (optional)


  1. Heat a heavy bottomed soup pot over medium-high heat. When the pan is hot, add coconut oil.
  2. Add onions, celery and garlic and saute until onions are translucent, about 3 or 4 minutes.
  3. Next, add ground bison, cumin, thyme, and chili powder.
  4. Stir while this cooks, about 5 to 6 minutes.
  5. Pour in salsa, tomatoes, green chiles and salt.
  6. Simmer for at least 1 hour.

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