West Texas-Style Buffalo Chili


Many of my Texan friends doubted a Canadian could make decent chili. They were wrong. Keep water and cornbread handy for the uninitiated.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
3 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs
8 servings


  • 1 (8 ounce) package dry black beans

  • 1 (8 ounce) package dry kidney beans

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 large sweet onion, chopped

  • 2 green bell peppers, chopped

  • 2 zucchini, diced

  • 3 (10 ounce) cans diced tomatoes with green chile peppers

  • 1 (10 ounce) can tomato sauce

  • ½ (16 ounce) jar hot chunky salsa

  • 2 tablespoons chili sauce

  • 2 pounds ground buffalo


  1. Soak beans in water overnight. Drain and rinse.

  2. In a large pot, combine beans with water to cover. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 1 to 2 hours, until tender. Once the beans have absorbed most of the water, and are starting to soften, season with chile powder, red pepper flakes, jalapeno, salt and pepper. Reserve the seeds.

  3. Heat oil in a large heavy skillet over medium low heat. Saute the onion and bell peppers for 3 minutes. Stir in diced zucchini, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce and salsa. Season with jalapeno seeds and chili sauce, stir well, and leave on medium-low heat.

  4. Place ground buffalo meat in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain excess fat. Stir buffalo and vegetable mixture into beans. Continue to simmer for 1 hour.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

536 Calories
23g Fat
49g Carbs
37g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 536
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g 29%
Saturated Fat 9g 43%
Cholesterol 79mg 26%
Sodium 923mg 40%
Total Carbohydrate 49g 18%
Dietary Fiber 12g 44%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 37g
Vitamin C 40mg 202%
Calcium 122mg 9%
Iron 8mg 42%
Potassium 1696mg 36%

* 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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