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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

    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.

    Meaty Bison Chili - A hearty one-pot chili soup recipe loaded in protein

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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 mins
    COOK: 45 mins
    TOTAL: 1 hr
    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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    Liz DellaCroce

    Liz Della Croce is the creator and author of The Lemon Bowl, a healthy food blog. Since 2010, Liz has been sharing delicious recipes that just so happen to be healthy. By using real ingredients with an emphasis on seasonality, Liz has built a growing audience of loyal readers who crave good food for their families. Click Here To Subscribe to my newsletter:


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