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Chipotle Bison Chili with Lime Crema

A unique chili recipe using Bison and chipotle chile peppers. Don't skimp on that lime crema, it adds a divine creaminess.

Course Main Course Soup
Cuisine Southwestern
Servings 12
Calories 383 kcal
Author Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch)


  • 2 pounds ground bison
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil optional
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 cups chopped onions about 2 medium onions
  • 6 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 32 ounces beef broth
  • 28 ounces fire roasted chopped tomatoes canned, undrained
  • 1/2 cup stout or dark beer
  • 4 canned chipotle chiles veins and seeds removed, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons yellow cornmeal
  • 30 ounce black beans canned, rinsed and drained
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 lime zested and juiced
  • Avocado chopped for garnish
  • Cilantro chopped for garnish
  • Green onion sliced for garnish


  1. Heat a large stock pot over medium high heat. If your ground meat is very lean, add 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil to the pot before adding the ground meat. Season with a little salt and pepper and cook until meat is almost browned, using a spoon to break up meat.

  2. Add onions and garlic and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add chili powder, broth, tomatoes, beer and chiles. Bring to a boil, reduce to low, cover partially, and cook until very thick, about 1-2 hours.

  3. Then stir in cornmeal and add black beans. Let simmer together for 10 minutes before serving. Stir in the vinegar.

  4. Combine sour cream with lime zest and juice of one lime and serve chili in bowls with a spoonful of lime cream on top.

  5. To serve, ladle a large dollop of Lime Crema on top of the chili. Garnish with chopped cilantro, chopped avocado and sliced green onion.

Nutrition Facts
Chipotle Bison Chili with Lime Crema
Amount Per Serving
Calories 383 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 63mg21%
Sodium 500mg22%
Potassium 824mg24%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 9g38%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 515IU10%
Vitamin C 11.3mg14%
Calcium 89mg9%
Iron 4.8mg27%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.