Bison and Black Bean Chili

Bison and Black Bean Chili
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Bison and Black Bean Chili
Matt Moore

Bison and Black Bean Chili

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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4
Servings
670
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1/4 Cup canola oil
  • 1 onion, diced finely
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 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)

Directions

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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
43g
61%
Sugar
24g
27%
Saturated Fat
16g
67%
Cholesterol
100mg
33%
Carbohydrate, by difference
35g
27%
Protein
39g
85%
Vitamin A, RAE
113µg
16%
Vitamin B-12
4µg
100%
Vitamin B-6
1mg
77%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
27µg
30%
Calcium, Ca
83mg
8%
Choline, total
165mg
39%
Copper, Cu
1mg
0%
Fiber, total dietary
7g
28%
Fluoride, F
2µg
0%
Folate, total
23µg
6%
Iron, Fe
10mg
56%
Magnesium, Mg
127mg
40%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
10mg
71%
Phosphorus, P
471mg
67%
Riboflavin
1mg
91%
Selenium, Se
38µg
69%
Sodium, Na
380mg
25%
Water
129g
5%
Zinc, Zn
9mg
100%

Bison Shopping Tip

Most cattle are fed a diet of grass until they are sent to a feedlot – where they are finished on corn. When possible, choose beef from cattle that are “100% grass fed” - it will be more expensive, but better for your health.

Bison Cooking Tip

The method used to cook beef is dependent on the cut. Cuts that are more tender, like filet mignon, should be cooked for a relatively short amount of time over high heat by grilling or sautéing. While less tender cuts, like brisket and short ribs, should be cooked for a longer time with lower heat by braising or stewing.