One-Pot Basil Bison Chili

One-Pot Basil Bison Chili

Every now and then I have a craving for chili. Even though it is hot here in Texas, I can still go for a bowl of chili. And with football season finally here, I figured I’d start sharing some of my favorite tailgating recipes so that your party can be just as – or even more – exciting than the game itself!

Ingredients for at least 8 servings:

• 2 lbs. extra lean ground bison, I used North Star 100% Ground Bison (or your choice of protein or hearty, fibrous vegetable)
• 2 garlic cloves
• 1 chopped shallot
• 3 vine tomatoes (finely chopped)
• 3 celery stalks (chopped)
• 1 yellow bell pepper (chopped)
• 1 red bell pepper (chopped)
• 1/2 orange chili pepper (chopped, with seeds removed)**
• 2/3 cup chopped mushrooms
• 3/4 cup low sodium chicken broth
• coconut oil spray


o 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
o 1/8 cup chopped fresh sage
o 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
o 1 teaspoon cumin
o 1 teaspoon cayenne
o 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
o sea salt & pepper to taste
(**) – denotes optional ingredient


1. Spray a large, deep skillet with coconut oil and set on medium high heat. When the pan is hot, toss in all of the ingredients except for the chicken broth, tomatoes and bison. Stir with a wooden spatula and ensure that all sides of the veggies are seared.

2. Then toss in the seasonings and stir quickly with a spatula to ensure the veggies are not burning.

3. Toss in the bison and chop and cook until the bison is cooked and there are no visible pink areas.

4. Add chopped tomatoes and chicken broth and stir. Once the chili is thoroughly mixed, reduce heat to medium and cover and cook for at least 10 minutes.

5. Serve and enjoy immediately with your favorite complex carbohydrate or fresh, raw vegetables!

Approximate macros for 1 of 8 servings:

149 calories, 30g protein, 6g carbohydrates, 2.5g fat, 1g fiber, 2.75g sugar

About the Author

photo 1 (1)Kevin is a fitness enthusiast out of Dallas, TX. When he saw himself in his friend’s Facebook photo he knew it was time to make a change. He was overweight, felt sluggish and had steadily rising blood pressure. So, he did what many people try to do – he started exercising to try to “out train” a poor diet. He quickly learned through periods of weight cycling that if he was going to accomplish his fitness goals, it would have to be through a steady, healthy diet, complemented by hard work in the gym.

He started studying nutrition and got started cooking! In 2012 Kevin started a small blog to share his meals online in order to build a community around healthy food ideas.

The blog was called Fit Men Cook and it had a simple message and belief system – “Our bodies are built in the kitchen, Sculpted in the gym.”

Kevin firmly believes that healthier food options do not have to be boring. Ever. In fact, they are pretty tasty!

Fit (Wo)Men Cook is the “fit” story of all of us. It is taking your individual success stories and things (in nutrition & fitness) that have worked for you, and sharing those ideas with the masses so we can all grow, improve together. Just everyday people – no matter the fitness level or athletic ability – aiming to live the best life possible through fitness and healthy eating. Are you a Fit (Wo)Men Cook?

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