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Spicy Buffalo Chili

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Spicy Buffalo Chili
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This spicy chili recipe uses buffalo, or bison meat, instead of the usual ground beef. Buffalo chili is lower in fat and calories than a beef chili since buffalo are a leaner animal. Native Indians were cooking bison and chilies for centuries before chili con carne became the popular American food it is today.

Makes 10 Portions of Spicy Buffalo Chili

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 1/2 pounds ground buffalo meat
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 jalapeno, seeded and diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 can (28-oz) tomato puree
  • 1/2 cup chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground chipotle pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 2 cups beef broth, or water
  • 2 (15 oz) cans pinto beans, drained
  • water as needed


  1. In a large pot, over med-high heat, cook the buffalo in the oil until browned and broken in small pieces. Add the onions and sauté for 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for one minute.
  2. Add all remaining ingredients, except the beans, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Add the beans and cook for 15 minutes more. Water can be added during the cooking to adjust for thinner or thicker chili.
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 5 out of 5
Bison chili is fantastic, Member dkaspero32

I halved this recipe because I live alone and it's my first time trying the recipe. It came out great!! I used 1lb of bison meat and put two cans of black beans in chili instead of just one. I love spicy food (even though it doesn't always love me) and it is wonderful. You can even throw a handful of corn into your bowl of chili and it would be great.

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