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Cooking With Chef Jon Benedict: Bison Chili -- Steakhouse Style


Bison Chili -- Steak House Style

Serves 6-8 people

Ingredients:

2 each             bacon slices, chopped
2 lbs                bison steak meat, trimmed and cubed into pieces
1 each             large onion, chopped small
2 each             green bell peppers, chopped small
1 tbsp              garlic, minced
2 cans             crushed tomatoes
¼ cup              Worcestershire sauce
¼ cup              brown sugar
1 can               black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can               kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 can               pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1/3 cup            chili powder
To taste           salt and pepper
As needed      Beef broth

Method:

Add the bacon to the Dutch oven and cook about ½ way.  Add the bison meat and brown on all sides.

Add the garlic, onions, and peppers and sauté for 5-7 minutes.

Add the remaining ingredients and simmer for 35-45 minutes.

Make sure steak meat is tender and chili has thickened.  If the chili is thick add some beef broth to thin it down.

Adjust flavor with salt and pepper or your favorite spices.

Serve with crackers, cheddar cheese, diced red onions, sour cream, or jalapenos.

Nutritional Information:

4 oz trimmed bison sirloin steak  -  128 calories, 3 grams fat, 24 grams protein

4 oz trimmed beef sirloin steak   -  149 calories, 5 grams fat, 25 grams protein

Bison tends to be a little leaner then beef and although people sell it as a "game" meat there is nothing gamey about it. It tastes just like beef.  For more recipes and information regarding Bison in the state of Iowa visit the Iowa Bison Association's website at  http://www.iowabison.org/ .       


 



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