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Bowl of bison chili with butter squash topped with jalapenos, cilantro, and red onion. A spoon is coming out of the bowl and around is is another bowl, a bowl of cilantro, and lime wedges.
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Bison Chili (Paleo/Whole30)

Hearty and comforting Bison Chili made with ground buffalo, butternut squash, veggies, and warming spices make an easy and delicious healthy chili recipe that only requires 11 ingredients and 45 minutes. Make it for meal prep, an easy weeknight dinner, or game day. Paleo, Whole30, gluten free, and dairy free.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Bison Chili, Bison Chili Recipe, Buffalo Chili, Paleo Bison Chili
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 12 cups
Calories 399kcal
Author Kelly


  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 2 cups diced onions⁠ (240 grams)
  • 2 pounds ground bison
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 5 heaping cups cubed butternut squash (1/2 medium squash/750 grams)
  • 2 medium bell peppers, chopped⁠ (3 cups/360 grams)
  • 2 cups broth
  • 16 ounces tomato sauce⁠
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1-2 tablespoons lime juice
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • for serving: cilantro, jalapeno, diced red onion, sour cream, greek yogurt, cheese, hot sauce...


  • Mix together the chili powder, cumin, paprika, and cinnamon in a small bowl. Set aside.
  • Heat a large dutch oven up or stock pot over medium-low heat. Add oil and let it get hot, about 30 seconds. Add onions and salt and pepper and sauté for 3 minutes. Add bison, garlic, 1/2 of the spice mixture, and salt and pepper and sauté for 3-5 minutes until browned.
  • Add broth, tomato sauce, and butternut squash, cover with a lid, and let simmer for 20-25 minutes until squash is fork tender. Add peppers and the rest of the spices and mix well to combine. Let simmer for 5 or so more minutes until peppers are softened and cooked to your preference. Remove from heat and stir in 1-2 tablespoons lime juice. Top with your favorite toppings and enjoy!


To make bison chili in the slow cooker:
brown bison on the stove and then transfer all ingredients to a large crockpot. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.


Serving: 2cups | Calories: 399kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Potassium: 860mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 296IU | Vitamin C: 135mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 33mg