Bison ChiliPosted: February 6, 2011
I love chili! It is super easy to whip up and makes a lot. My favorite chili to make is Bison Chili! I like to use ground bison in recipes over other ground meats because of the health benefits. Ground bison costs more than other ground meats, but I think that the cost is worth it, especially since we do not eat a lot of red meat. Here is some nutritional information on bison meat.
- Compared to lean beef, lean pork, turkey, and chicken, ground bison has less calories, less total fat, less cholesterol, and more protein and iron.
- Unlike other meat products, bison are not subjected to chemicals, drugs, steroids and growth hormones, and are not force-fed in high density pens.
- Bison are farm-raised on open pastures.
- Bison meat is very high in the essential fatty acids and has an excellent ratio of Omega-3 to Omega-6 acids.
Bison Chili Recipe
yields 6-8 servings
What you need:
1 lb. ground bison
1 medium white onion, diced
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1-2 jalepeno peppers, seeded and diced
4 cloves of garlic, minced
3 T chili powder
1 T cumin
1 T cayenne pepper
1 15 oz. can of black beans, drained and rinsed
1 15 oz. can of kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 28 oz. can of diced tomatoes
1 8 0z. can of tomato sauce
1 cup of water
3 T olive oil
salt to taste
1 saute pan
1 large soup pot with lid
1 wooden spoon
1 sharp chef’s knife and cutting board
How to prepare:
1. Add ground bison to a pan set on medium-high heat. Brown the meat and crumble into pieces with wooden spoon as the meat cooks until it is longer pink.
2. Heat oil in large pot on medium-high heat. Add next five ingredients and saute, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutes or until veggies begin to soften.
3. Add the remaining ingredients along with the cooked ground meat to the pot.
4. Turn the heat down to a low-medium heat and cover the pot with a lid. Allow the chili to simmer for 15-20 minutes in order to let the flavors combine. Stir occasionally and add salt to taste.
5. I serve my chili with cooked quinoa. Why choose quinoa over rice? Quinoa is a complete protein source among plant foods and is a a good source of dietary fiber, phosphorous, magnesium, and iron. It is gluten-free and easy to digest.
(The bowl on the left is chili with quinoa and the bowl on the right is just plain chili)