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Bison bean chili over a bed of rice topped with radishes, avocado, sour cream, and green onions.

My Bison & Bean Chili

A hearty beef and bean chili, spiced with chipotle peppers and rounded out with coffee and molasses.
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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American, Southwest, Texan
Servings 8 people
Calories 364 kcal


  • Large stewpot


  • 1 lb bison ground
  • 2 tbsp bacon fat or oil
  • 1 onion red, minced
  • 1/3 bell pepper or poblano, minced
  • 2 cans tomato sauce 8 oz
  • 2 cans black beans drained and rinsed
  • 4 chipotle peppers with sauce, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds whole
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp Hungarian paprika
  • 1 tsp molasses
  • 1/2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup coffee brewed


  • 4 radishes cut into wedges
  • 8 tbsp sour cream
  • 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup cabbage shredded
  • 1/4 cup green onion finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro chopped
  • 1 lime cut into wedges


  • Toast cumin seeds in dry pot.
    toasting cumin seeds in cast iron pot
  • Once fragrant, add bacon fat (or oil) and sauté onions, pepper, and garlic on medium low until translucent.
    White onion, yellow bell pepper, and red chili pepper sautéing in cast iron pot.
  • Add coriander, paprika, and chipotle peppers.
    Chipotle peppers on cutting board with Embasa brand can behind.
  • Add bison. Cook until no longer pink.
    Bison meat in cast iron pot with onions, garlic, etc.
  • Add beans, tomato sauce, and coffee.
    Beans, tomato sauce, and coffee in the chili pot.
  • Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat and cook for one hour.
  • Adjust salt and pepper to taste.


  • Serve in a bowl on a bed of white rice.
  • Place dollop of sour cream, cut cabbage, radishes, green onion, cilantro, and grated cheese on top.
    Lime wedges, cut radishes, cilantro, and green onion.


Calories: 364kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 21gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 57mgSodium: 995mgPotassium: 1083mgFiber: 10gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 1241IUVitamin C: 25mgCalcium: 129mgIron: 5mg
Keyword Fall/Winter, hearty
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