Bison and Black Bean Chili

Bison and Black Bean Chili
Matt Moore


  • 1/4 Cup  canola oil
  • onion, diced finely
  • cloves garlic, minced
  • jalapeños, seeded and diced
  • 1 1/2 Pound  ground bison
  • 2 Tablespoons  chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon  ground cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon  kosher salt
  • 1/2 Tablespoon  black pepper
  • 1 Cup  dark beer
  •   One 28-ounce can tomato purée
  •   One 28-ounce can petite diced tomatoes
  •   One 14-ounce can black beans
  •   One 14-ounce can kidney beans
  •   Shredded Cheddar, for serving (optional)
  •   Sour cream, for serving (optional)
  •   Sliced jalapeños, for serving (optional)

Bison, as many of you have now seen, can be readily found in most grocers next to the ground beef. For those unaware, bison has less fat, calories, and cholesterol than beef, while also promoting a denser concentration of protein, iron, and B vitamins. Still not convinced?

Bison has a rich beef flavor, similar to that of grass-fed, organic beef. Quite frankly, I've served this chili to many of folks who never knew the difference. Of course, a good bold chili is a great way to introduce new meats to those unfamiliar. Reminds me of the time I served up a heaping bowl of squirrel chili to a group of sorority girls... kidding. But, you get my gist.

Anyways, here's my recipe for an outstanding, healthy (sans the cheese and sour cream) Bison and Black Bean Chili.

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Preheat a Dutch oven over medium heat and add the oil. Next, add the onion and sauté until tender, for 8-10 minutes. Add the garlic and jalapeños and sauté until just tender, about 2-3 minutes. 

Add the ground bison and seasonings and cook until the meat is just browned through, about 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Deglaze the pot by adding the beer, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan using a spoon. 

Finally, add add the tomato purée, diced tomatoes, and beans. Reduce the heat to medium-low, and simmer partially covered for 30-45 minutes. Remove from the heat and serve with desired toppings.


Calories per serving:

837 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Fiber

Daily value:



  • Fat 174g 268%
  • Carbs 257g 86%
  • Saturated 52g 261%
  • Fiber 85g 339%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 75g
  • Monounsaturated 80g
  • Polyunsaturated 25g
  • Protein 198g 395%
  • Cholesterol 476mg 159%
  • Sodium 10,767mg 449%
  • Calcium 932mg 93%
  • Magnesium 719mg 180%
  • Potassium 10,047mg 287%
  • Iron 56mg 312%
  • Zinc 38mg 256%
  • Phosphorus 2,633mg 376%
  • Vitamin A 622µg 69%
  • Vitamin C 245mg 408%
  • Thiamin (B1) 7mg 456%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 4mg 210%
  • Niacin (B3) 58mg 292%
  • Vitamin B6 6mg 280%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 659µg 165%
  • Vitamin B12 12µg 204%
  • Vitamin E 41mg 207%
  • Vitamin K 141µg 176%
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