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Saturday, July 11, 2015

have you tried bison

Bison have been around for quite some time. Some species of bison have become extinct through history as they were hunted for furs and meat at different times. Here in America the American bison can be found. Through out history the bison were known as buffalo however they are only distantly related to the true buffalo of yester year.

In America bison are used as meat but are not widely spread in the commercial world.  Bison has fewer calories and fat than beef and there fore is healthier. Here in southern Illinois several Bison farms speckle the land. One local farm has 350 bison that roam over more than 1000 acres. The bison dine on grass and grain. There are no chemicals or hormones in their diets. The meat products that are made from bison include steaks, roasts, ribs and more.


Bison Chili

Bison chili is the perfect comfort food.

  • Serves: 4
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 1 hour and 10 minutes
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • 1 lb ground bison
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 15 oz. can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 16 oz. ccans diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Grated cheddar cheese
  • Sliced jalapenos
Cooking Directions: 
  1. In a non-stick skillet, saute the ground bison and onion until the meat is browned and the onion is tender.
  2. Add the pinto beans, tomatoes, water and seasonings.
  3. Cover and simmer for 1 hour, adding more water if chili becomes too thick.
  4. Add chopped cilantro and simmer an additional 10 minutes.
  5. Spoon into bowls and garnish with grated cheese or diced jalapeno peppers.
Recipe courtesy of the National Bison Association

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