Bison Chili

This protein-packed bison and bean chili recipe is bursting with sweet and smoky flavors.

Bison Chili - A hearty, protein-packed chili soup recipe

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This week is all about trying a new lean protein source at dinner which is why I’m thrilled to share this Meaty Bison Chili. Don’t get me wrong, I love cooking with chicken and ground turkey but there are many other options that are equally nutritious and flavorful.

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Bison Chili - A hearty, protein-packed chili soup recipe

Bison and Bean Chili Recipe

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This protein-packed bison and bean chili recipe is bursting with sweet and smoky flavors.
PREP: 15 minutes
COOK: 45 minutes
TOTAL: 1 hour
Servings: 8


  • 1 pound ground bison
  • 2 tablespoons cumin
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne or black pepper
  • 1 medium onion (diced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (grated)
  • 2 sweet bell peppers (seeded and diced)
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (minced – remove seeds to keep mild)
  • 12 ounce can light beer
  • 4 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 14 ounce can stewed tomatoes
  • 14 ounce can black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 14 ounce can kidney beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 2 tablespoons barbeque sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • shredded cheese (scallions and sour cream – optional garnish)


  • Heat a large sauce pot over medium-high and spray with cooking spray.
  • Add bison, cumin, smoked paprika, chili powder, oregano, salt and cayenne. Cook until bison is browned, stirring occasionally, 7-9 minutes.
  • To the pan, add onion, garlic and peppers. Cook until vegetable are softened, 6-8 minutes.
  • Add beer to deglaze, scraping up brown bits on bottom of pan using a wooden spoon.
  • Stir in chicken broth, tomatoes, beans and barbecue sauce then return to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for 20-30 minutes or longer.
  • Serve with a dollop of sour cream, scallions and shredded cheddar cheese.


Calories: 240kcalCarbohydrates: 27.9gProtein: 24.6gFat: 2.1gSaturated Fat: 0.6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1.5gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 1031mgFiber: 6.8gSugar: 7.2g

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