Colorado Buffalo Chili


This spicy chili recipe uses ground buffalo. To step up the heat, use different peppers and experiment with the seasonings. This gets even better if you let it sit overnight. The chili is so good you'll need to find another way to use up your cheese and crackers.

close up view of Colorado Buffalo Chili in a blue pot, on a red tablecloth
Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
8 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
8 hrs 40 mins
6 servings


  • 1 pound ground buffalo

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste

  • 1 (10 ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chiles

  • 1 (10.75 ounce) can tomato soup

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can kidney beans, drained

  • 1 (15 ounce) can chili beans, drained

  • ½ medium onion, chopped

  • ½ teaspoon minced garlic

  • 1 Anaheim chile pepper, chopped

  • 1 poblano chile pepper, chopped

  • 2 tablespoons chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin

  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Brown the buffalo in a skillet over medium heat; season with 1/2 teaspoon cumin and 1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste. Drain excess grease.

  2. Combine the buffalo, tomatoes with green chiles, tomato soup, kidney beans, chili beans, onion, garlic, Anaheim chile pepper, poblano chile pepper, chili powder, red pepper flakes, 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin, 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper in a slow cooker. Cover and cook on Low overnight or 8 hours.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

219 Calories
3g Fat
30g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 219
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Cholesterol 39mg 13%
Sodium 726mg 32%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 10g 35%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 31mg 153%
Calcium 77mg 6%
Iron 5mg 25%
Potassium 631mg 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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