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Idaho Bison Chili

Idaho Bison Chili
  • Prep: 15 minutes
  • Cook: 1 hour
  • Serves: 1 cup
  • Yield: 8 servings
Hearty and satisfying, this Bison Chili recipe features tender chunks of bison meat, aromatic spices, and a medley of vegetables, all simmered to perfection. Enjoy a taste of Idaho’s wild west in every spoonful!


  • 2 pounds ground Idaho bison
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 bell peppers, any color, chopped
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (14.5 ounces)
  • 2 cans kidney beans (15 ounces each)
  • 1 can tomato sauce (15 ounces)
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, thinly sliced, for garnish


  • In a large pot, brown the bison over medium-high heat.

  • Add the onion, garlic, and bell peppers to the pot and cook for 5 minutes.

  • Add the diced tomatoes, kidney beans, tomato sauce, chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper to the pot. Mix well.

  • Bring the chili to a simmer and cook for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until the flavors have melded together.

  • Serve the chili hot, garnished with your favorite toppings (sour cream, shredded cheese, green onions, etc.).