When spending a winter getaway in Yellowstone four years ago, we had Buffalo Chili at a local diner.  We loved it so much, I had to make it.  We have bison at our local markets, but love to pick some up when spending time in Jackson Hole, WY.  You can order through this site


I turned to Betty Crocker for an easy recipe and added some spices and black beans, just like the diner served.


Buffalo Chili

2 pounds ground bison or substitute with lean ground beef

1 cup chopped onion

3 cloves garlic, minced

4 tablespoons chili powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1 can (28 oz) whole tomatoes, undrained

1 can (15-1/2 oz) red kidney beans, undrained

1 can (15-1/2 oz) black beans, undrained


Cook ground bison or beef, onion and garlic in a large saucepan, stirring occasionally, until meat is brown; drain.  Stir in remaining ingredients except beans; break up tomatoes.  Heat to boiling; reduce heat.  Cover and simmer 1 hour, stirring occasionally.  Stir in beans  Heat to boiling; reduce heat.  Simmer uncovered about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Top with cheese and sour cream if desired.

This has become a family favorite around our place since we moved to Idaho.


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Get Off Your Butt and BAKE!February 18, 2011 - 6:50 pm

Well that looks scrumptious as well! The bread bowl puts it over the top. I think I will stick to Ground Beef though, since I’m not willing to step out of my comfort zone. I hope you are feeling better!

JessicaFebruary 18, 2011 - 9:42 am

My husband loves it. I hope you will too!

JordanFebruary 17, 2011 - 10:56 am

This looks delicious! I have enjoyed buffalo chili in restaurants, but never made it. I will have to give it a try!

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