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May 22, 2017

Recipe: Bison And Kidney Bean Chili

by Wendy Myers

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I’m from Texas, so chili is one of my favorite stews to make. I pride myself on being a chili expert. Why not make it with some grass fed bison? 

The granddaddy of this Tex-Mex dish, chili con carne, is thought to have originated in the 1800s along the Texas cattle trails. Range cooks would commonly prepare a pot of fresh beef and wild-grown seasonings for the cowhands. Before long, the popularity of this spicy stew spread like cheese on a hot burrito throughout the trail towns. It’s even said that Frank and Jesse James would stop to eat a bowl before pulling their next bank job.

Texans obviously take their chili seriously, and opinions vary widely on what makes a perfect bowl of “red”–a common nickname for the meaty dish. Some add a variety of meats including pork, while others insist on beef. Many use commercial seasonings and powders for convenience, but purists grind their own chile peppers. Ground buffalo, also known as bison, is a great alternative to ground beef because it has a rich, delectable flavor.

True Texas classic chili doesn’t include beans so you can skip the beans (and the gas) if they don’t work for you.

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