With plenty of health benefits, ground bison is a delicious and nutritious replacement for ground beef. Perfect in this slow cooker chili that’s also easy to make!
Using bison in your chili adds unique flavor. It's not gamey, but it does have a slightly sweeter taste than beef. The texture is a bit more coarse than beef which makes this chili more interesting to your taste buds.
Bison has health benefits that are lacking in other red meats. It's leaner, has more protein, and less fat. It's also packed with nutrients including iron, zinc, selenium, and vitamin B12.
Letting bison chili simmer all day in the slow cooker causes the flavors to meld. That's a good thing! Throw it in the pot when you're getting ready for the day and it will be ready by dinnertime.
You can make this chili even healthier by adding more veggies. The sky's the limit!
Ingredients You'll Need:
fire roasted tomatoes
ancho chili powder
How To Make Slow Cooker Bison Chili:
- Crumble and brown bison in a skillet (add a little olive oil if needed.. bison can be very lean)
- Add the cooked bison and all the remaining ingredients to the slow cooker
- Cover and cook on high 3-4 hours or on low 6-8 hours
Do you like your chili spicy? Leave a few seeds in the peppers... that'll do the trick.
Meal prep prior to cook day. Brown the bison ahead of time then cool and refrigerate.
Leftover chili freezes well. Use individual containers or Souper cubes and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.
You can use plain tomatoes if you prefer them. However, fire roasted tomatoes will give your chili a smoky flavor. They're also healthier because they contain nutrients lost in the cooking process.
If you don’t care for the larger tomato chunks, go for crushed tomatoes instead.
Make it your own! Garnish your chili with crushed chips, sour cream, cheese, and/or avocado.
Slow Cooker Bison Chili
Slow Cooker Bison Chili is delicious and packed full of peppers and delicious spices!
- 1 pound ground bison
- 1 Anaheim pepper diced (ribs and seeds removed)
- 1 poblano pepper diced (ribs and seeds removed)
- ½ yellow onion diced
- 3 garlic cloves minced
- 14.5 oz can fire roasted diced tomatoes
- 8 oz can tomato sauce
- 2 cups beef broth
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 2 teaspoons ancho chili powder
- 2 teaspoons cumin
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried cilantro
- Crumble and brown bison in skillet (add a little olive oil if needed, bison can be very lean)
- Add the cooked bison and all the remaining ingredients to the crock
- Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-8
Leave a few seeds in from the peppers for a spicy chili.
Prep ahead: brown bison ahead of time, cool and refrigerate.
Stores in freezer for up to 3 months.
Use plain or fire-roasted diced tomatoes
If you don’t care for the larger tomato chunks, go for crushed tomatoes instead
Garnishe with crushed chips, sour cream, cheese or avocado
Calories: 324kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 25gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 79mgSodium: 1064mgPotassium: 951mgFiber: 4gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 1380IUVitamin C: 40.8mgCalcium: 96mgIron: 6.2mg
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Sharyn Wilde says
Just returned from Yellowstone so this sounded marvelous! I made some and WOW is it ever good!!! Thank you! I added grilled Bison ribeye and it really added good flavor and texture.
Hi! This recipe sounds delicious! Could it be done in an instant pot? And for how long if so?
Yes! After browning the meat I recommend cooking on high pressure for 12 minutes.
Missy B says
Is this pretty spicy? 🌶 my husband is not too big of a fan of spicy. But if it’s like a mild heat. We will be ok? Just curious with the fresh peppers and different kinds. He hates jalapeños. But this looks amazing
I don't find it super spicy, but you could also reduce the chili powder.
Wait…. Where is the BEANS AT???
Feel free to add beans if you want them!
The fresh chiles intrigued me and we happened to have some ground Bison in the freezer. Oh my gosh. Definitely a winner. Berry yummy meal.
jerry b says
What a great idea for chili. Thanks for the tip on keeping it mild.
Angela (Life in Velvet) says
Oh this just looks out of this world! I'm dying to make this! Yum 🙂
Thanks!! If I had more bison meat at home I think I'd make it for dinner again tonight! I'm craving it right now 🙂