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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
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 429kcal
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


  • Heat the olive oil in a large heavy pot over medium-high. 
  • 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
  • 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
  • Simmer, covered, for 45 minutes, stirring periodically to prevent sticking. 
  • Serve in bowls with toppings as desired.


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


Calories: 429kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 79mg | Sodium: 1919mg | Potassium: 1073mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 3210IU | Vitamin C: 139.9mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 5.7mg