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Bison Chili

Alright all here is a recipe that you can prep everything a few days beforehand or throw it all together last minute, wherever your day or week takes you. Bison Chili is hearty and full of meat and vegetables, but no beans that result in you sleeping on the couch later! We usually double the ingredients and freeze half so that we can bring it back out in a couple weeks with little effort.

You can grab a 2 pack of ground bison meat at your next Costco run or you can usually find it in your local grocery store. Bison is a leaner meat then it’s beef counterpart and adds a great flavor to this recipe. It all depends on the amount of time you have in your day, but I have found the longer you let it simmer, the better.

If time isn’t on your side, you can absolutely pull it off the stove after an hour and serve with out ruining the recipe. Feel free to adjust the recipe or add and leave ingredients as you go. I don’t know how many times we have missed an ingredient because we didn’t have it on hand and it was still just as good. Okay, here is the recipe:



1 Tbs coconut oil or bacon grease

½ onion, diced

3 celery stalks, diced

2 garlic cloves, sliced (or two frozen garlic cubes)

1.5 lbs ground bison (elk, venison, or beef may be substituted)

2 tsp cumin

2 tsp chili powder

2 tsp thyme

1 jar salsa

1 can diced tomatoes

1 can green chiles

2 tsp sea salt (optional)


  1. Heat oil in heavy bottomed soup pot
  2. Add onions, celery, garlic (and any other diced veggies you wish) – sauté 3-4 minutes
  3. Add in ground meat, cumin, chili powder, thyme – stirring for 5-6 minutes
  4. Pour in salsa, tomatoes, green chiles and salt (again, optional)
  5. Simmer for atleast 1 hour
  6. Dish up and serve with sliced avocado