Whole30 Bison Chili

This Whole30 Bison Chili recipe requires just a few ingredients, minimal prep work, is as healthy as a meat chili will get, and is certified comfort food. The tomatoes and multiple peppers gives this recipe deep flavors.

Chili is a great platform recipe, you can get really creative using what you have on hand. Bell peppers, shredded carrots, black beans, pinto beans, baked beans, and lentils are all game. If you have fresh garlic, use it! It’s so easy to load it up with a bunch of veggies or keep it simple if you’re in a pinch like I was.

Bison is the healthiest option if you have a craving for red meat.

Over the past 50 years, Bison has been gaining popularity as a heard animal in the great plains. This can be a great alternative to raising cows for farmers who are looking to diversify.

Buffalo Chili

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: medium
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whole30 , paleo, Buffalo Chili




  1. Chop yellow onion, green bell pepper, red bell pepper, and mince the garlic.
  2. Melt coconut oil in your dutch oven over medium heat. Cook and stir onion, green bell pepper, and red bell pepper until tender, 5 to 10 minutes.
  3. Stir garlic into your onion mixture and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  4. Stir the bison and sausage into your onion mixture. Cook and stir until meat is browned and crumbly for 10 to 12 minutes.
  5. Stir chili powder, cumin, oregano, and cocoa powder into the bison mixture; add crushed tomatoes, salt and pepper, and stir. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer until flavors are blended, 10 minutes.

Makes 4 servings, about 1 1/2 cups each.

One of my favorite ideas is a chili bar party, an especially fun Super Bowl party idea. If you are inviting vegetarians, it would be a good idea to have a vegetarian chili option (try replacing the meat with kidney beans). Make sure to have some toppings for everyone as well. These can include green onions or chives, jalapeno’s, raw sliced bell peppers, lime, salsa, sliced avocado’s, diced red onion, sour cream or cheddar cheese (for those who are not currently in the middle of a whole30).