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A bowl of bison chili topped with chopped avocado and lime crema

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.
Cuisine Southwestern
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 383kcal


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Then stir in cornmeal and add black beans. Let simmer together for 10 minutes before serving. Stir in the vinegar.
  • Combine sour cream with lime zest and juice of one lime and serve chili in bowls with a spoonful of lime cream on top.
  • To serve, ladle a large dollop of Lime Crema on top of the chili. Garnish with chopped cilantro, chopped avocado and sliced green onion.


Calories: 383kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 63mg | Sodium: 500mg | Potassium: 824mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 515IU | Vitamin C: 11.3mg | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 4.8mg