4 Bean Bison Chili

If you are looking for a great chili to bring to your next chili cook-off or football game, then try this recipe and let the compliments roll in. Even better the second (or third) day - if there’s leftovers.

Ingredients (Serves 10):

  • 2 – pounds Wild Idea Buffalo Premium Ground
  • 2 – tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 – onion, chopped
  • 2 – tablespoons fresh garlic, chopped
  • 2 – tablespoons cumin
  • 2½ – tablespoons chili powder
  • ½ – tablespoon oregano
  • ½ – tablespoon thyme
  • 2 – teaspoons coriander
  • ½ – teaspoon each smoked paprika and cayenne
  • 1 – tablespoon black pepper
  • 2 – teaspoons salt
  • 1 – quart stewed tomatoes
  • 1 – quart tomato sauce
  • 8 – golden pepperoncini, diced + juices
  • 1 – 15oz can each: butter beans, black beans, kidney beans, and pinto beans, (drained - but not rinsed)
  • 1 – lemon, juiced
  • 2 – cups water


  1. Mix all dry spices together.
  2. In heavy stew pot, over medium high heat, heat olive oil.
  3. Add Wild Idea bison meat, crumbling into small pieces.  Lightly brown, stirring constantly for 4 minutes.
  4. Add onion, garlic and seasonings. Continue to brown, stirring occasionally for 10 minutes.
  5. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a full boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for ½ to 1 hour, or until desired thickness is achieved.

Adjust seasoning to taste. Garnish with fresh lime or lemon wedges, fresh chopped cilantro, sour cream, or grated cheddar cheese. Serve with Cheesy Jalapeño Corn Bread, recipe included with purchase, upon request.

Photo Credit: Jill O'Brien

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  • Hi Harold. I would puree or flash process jared roasted red peppers & hatch roasted green chilies as a substitute for the tomatoes. It will give you great flavor too! Thank you! jill

  • I made this the other day and it was wonderful! My family loved it! Since then, my husband has learned he is allergic to tomatoes. I wondered if you might have any suggestions for a good substitute? I’m thinking of maybe adding some beef or veggie broth for the liquid, and maybe some black beans for substance? Just wondering if I should add some extra seasonings too, and/or if there are some other things you might recommend. Thank you!?

    Harold Burton

    Harold Burton
  • JUST defrosted the packaged 4 Bean Chili I bought probably 2 years or so ago. All I have to say is WOW!!! Tastes like it was made FRESH. I look forward to my next purchase, maybe a Quarter . . .

    Gerald King

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