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:

877 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Fiber

Daily value:



  • Fat 175g 269%
  • Carbs 286g 95%
  • Saturated 53g 263%
  • Fiber 92g 367%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 74g
  • Monounsaturated 80g
  • Polyunsaturated 25g
  • Protein 209g 417%
  • Cholesterol 476mg 159%
  • Sodium 10,223mg 426%
  • Calcium 901mg 90%
  • Magnesium 858mg 214%
  • Potassium 10,233mg 292%
  • Iron 57mg 316%
  • Zinc 41mg 271%
  • Phosphorus 2,760mg 394%
  • Vitamin A 622µg 69%
  • Vitamin C 234mg 390%
  • Thiamin (B1) 7mg 483%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 3mg 196%
  • Niacin (B3) 58mg 290%
  • Vitamin B6 6mg 283%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 1,008µg 252%
  • Vitamin B12 12µg 204%
  • Vitamin E 39mg 195%
  • Vitamin K 131µg 164%
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