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Healthy Chili Recipe

If you've never tried cooking with ground bison, this healthy chili recipe will have you using it on a regular basis! Ground bison is low in saturated fat and high in nutrients and along with extra veggies like butternut squash, carrots and pumpkin make this a rich and delicious healthy chili for lunch or dinner!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8 1 cup servings
Calories 202kcal


  • 1 pound ground bison
  • 1/2 cup finely diced carrots
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 shallot diced
  • 2 tablespoons ancho chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • 28 oz crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 12 oz frozen cubed butternut squash
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken bone broth


  • Using large dutch oven heat oil and then add ground bison, breaking apart and browning
  • Once meat is about halfway cooked add carrot, garlic and shallot and saute for 2-3 minutes
  • Add seasonings and stir into meat
  • Add tomatoes, pumpkin, butternut squash and broth
  • Simmer for 20 minutes or until veggies are softened


This chili is quite spicy.  If you don't care for spice, simply omit the chipotle chili powder.


Calories: 202kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 39mg | Sodium: 665mg | Potassium: 785mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 11235IU | Vitamin C: 22.9mg | Calcium: 82mg | Iron: 4.2mg