Mexican Bison Bake with Cilantro-Lime Cream


Browned ground bison casserole recipe with tomatoes and penne pasta gets a Mexican-inspired twist with cumin, oregano, and black beans in this easy weeknight dish.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 10 mins


  • 6 ounces dried penne pasta

  • 1 pound ground bison

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained

  • ¾ cup salsa

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

  • ½ cup crushed tortilla chips (Optional)

  • ½ cup shredded Cheddar cheese

  • 1 tablespoon sliced green onion

Cilantro-Lime Cream:

  • cup sour cream

  • 3 tablespoons sliced green onions

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro

  • ½ teaspoon finely shredded lime zest


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Cover and keep warm.

  3. Meanwhile, cook ground bison and garlic over medium heat in a large skillet until meat is brown. Drain off fat.

  4. Stir cooked pasta into cooked, drained ground bison in the skillet. Stir in beans, undrained tomatoes, salsa, oregano, cumin, and chili powder.

  5. Transfer mixture to an ungreased 2-quart baking dish or casserole. Bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle with tortilla chips and cheese. Bake, uncovered, for 5 more minutes or until cheese is melted. Sprinkle with the 1 tablespoon green onion and serve with Cilantro-Lime Cream.

  6. Cilantro-Lime Cream: Combine sour cream, 3 tablespoons green onions, cilantro, and lime zest in a small bowl. Cover and chill until ready to serve.


Note: Recipe developed and tested by the Better Homes and Gardens Test Kitchen using High Plains Bison products.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

375 Calories
11g Fat
42g Carbs
26g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 375
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 60mg 20%
Sodium 687mg 30%
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Dietary Fiber 8g 28%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 26g
Vitamin C 10mg 48%
Calcium 180mg 14%
Iron 6mg 34%
Potassium 687mg 15%

* 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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