Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Bison Chili

On Sunday, the chef in our household (my husband) made chili in the crock pot using ground bison to mix things up a bit from the usual beef or turkey. 

I think my husband seems to have the recipe memorized at this point, as he makes it often (probably 1-2x/month during cooler weather).  But the original recipe came from the Better Homes and Gardens cookbook:  Biggest Book of Slow Cooker Recipes, a book he's been using for many years now.

We went to the local farmer's market earlier in the day and picked up 2 quarts of Roma tomatoes for $4.  We picked up 2 green bell peppers for .25/each.  We got a little basket with a couple small red onions for $2.  I still can't get over the 25 cent bell peppers!  I think when they're in season they can be as cheap as $1.79/lb at the store.

We swung by the grocery store to pick up vegetable stock and ground bison.  We had a bunch of the spices on hand already.

Using fresh tomatoes instead of canned, this is pretty low on sodium, and the grocery store brand of vegetable stock is pretty low sodium as well (3% per serving if I remember).  Fresh tomatoes also made it pretty juicy!

Here's a bowl of the delicious results:

With the chili, we had some seven grain sourdough bread from the grocery store:

(And I had a Java Head Stout, by Troegs.  
It's an oatmeal stout brewed with coffee beans!!  Yum!)
Apologies for not removing the Zyrtec bottle in the background prior to the photo.  It's seasonal allergy time!

We didn't realize until after eating our dinner Sunday night that there was something missing...beans!  Haha.  Normally, this would have red kidney beans in it too.  Oh well, it was good anyway!  The lack of beans may have also contributed to the extra liquid in our "chili."

Another shot of my delicious beer.

It comes in part of a variety pack the brewery refers to as their Anthology No. 2, available in Fall and Winter.  Troegs Brewing Company is a fantastic brewery about 3 hours from us in Harrisburg, PA.  Sadly we have not been there for a tour, but we haven't had a bad beer from them yet.

Back to the chili- we have enough left still for us to each bring some in to work for lunch tomorrow.  So as usual, crock pot meals are awesome because they make meals easy for 4 days after!

For those that eat meat, have you tried buffalo/bison?
Any favorite chili recipes??


  1. That chili looks so hearty and fresh. Yum! My favorite chili is a white chicken chili. I like the spice in the one I make.

  2. It was pretty good, even without the beans...haha. My husband has made a white version with turkey - maybe chicken should be next on our list!


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