Oh give me a home, where the buffalo roam…
I couldn’t resist. And, now you’ll be singing Home on the Range all day too. Sorry.
One of my New Year’s Hopefuls (I don’t do resolutions) is to buy a side of beef. Is that normal? I would love to have an assortment of cuts of local, grass-fed beef stashed away in the deep freezer. Only we don’t own a deep freezer which is a technicality of sorts. I actually thought about giving this (the side of beef not the appliance) to Husband for Valentine’s Day, but I’m not sure I can pull it off by then. In the meantime, I’ve stocked up on various cuts of bison from Thunder Heart Bison which I gratefully find at our Farmer’s Market.
If you haven’t stumbled upon all the reasons you should love bison, you should know that it has more protein, iron and good omegas than beef or chicken. Plus, it has fewer calories and less fat. It’s delicious and if you are a hearty meat eater, you should really add bison to your rotation.
This is a super easy recipe. Measuring out the spices is the hardest part! You’ll love the flavor and your heart will thank you.Print
1 lb ground bison
1 cup onion, chopped
1 cup bell pepper, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 Tbs chili powder
1 Tbs ground coffee
2 tsp cocoa powder (I use Scharffen Berger)
2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
1/4 tsp allspice
2 (14 oz) cans diced tomatoes + their juices
2 (8 oz) cans tomato sauce
2 (15 oz) cans beans, rinsed and drained (I used one can of kidney beans and one great northern)
1 – 2 cups water
1 (7 oz) can diced green chilis
In a small bowl, mix together all the spices.
In a large pot, brown the bison until nice a crumbly.
When the bison is browned add the onion, bell peppers and garlic. Continue to saute until the veggies are soft.
Add the spices and stir for a minute or two until all the meat and veggies are covered. Then add the rest of the ingredients.
Stir until well combined and simmer for an hour.
Ask a hungry eight year old to taste the chili for you. Ask the same hungry eight year old to please save some chili for the rest of his family.
Try it and let me know what you think.