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Bison Chili with Black Beans

Bison chili is a lean chili with no scrimping on big flavor!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword bison chili, black bean chili, buffalo chili
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 429 kcal
Author Toni Dash


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound ground bison/buffalo meat (lean ground beef may be substituted)
  • 2 cups corn canned, frozen (no need thaw) or fresh
  • 1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes undrained
  • 1 15-ounce can kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 medium yellow onion chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 yellow bell pepper chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper chopped
  • 1 4-ounce can mild green chilies
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt or to taste
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups tomato juice or Bloody Mary mix *

Optional ingredients

  • 2-3 teaspoons Epazote (an herb used in Mexican cooking which diffuses the digestive effect of beans)

Suggested Toppings

  • Chopped fresh cilantro
  • Sour cream
  • Grated Cheese


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large heavy pot over medium-high. 

  2. Add the bison/buffalo meat and brown, breaking into small pieces as it cooks (3-5 minuts). NOTE: there should be no pink color remaining. If substituting ground beef, drain (bison will render almost no fat). 

    browning ground bison
  3. Add the corn, diced tomatoes, beans, onion , garlic, peppers, green chilies, spices and tomato juice or Bloody Mary mix. Stir to fully combine.

    Chopped colorful peppers
  4. Simmer, covered, for 45 minutes, stirring periodically to prevent sticking. 

  5. Serve in bowls with toppings as desired.

Recipe Notes

*Tomato juice will be mild and Bloody Mary mix will add more spiciness to the recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Bison Chili with Black Beans
Amount Per Serving
Calories 429 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 23g 35%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 79mg 26%
Sodium 1919mg 80%
Potassium 1073mg 31%
Total Carbohydrates 32g 11%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 10g
Protein 26g 52%
Vitamin A 64.2%
Vitamin C 169.6%
Calcium 6.9%
Iron 31.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.