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

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Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
3 hrs 30 mins
total:
4 hrs
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Soak beans in water overnight. Drain and rinse.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

536 calories; protein 36.5g 73% DV; carbohydrates 49g 16% DV; fat 22.7g 35% DV; cholesterol 79.4mg 27% DV; sodium 922.5mg 37% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
01/07/2004
I used canned beans which reduced the cooking time significantly. This is a very yummy and very easy chili recipe. Make sure you have sour cream on hand! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
01/29/2005
No true TEXAN would and or could enjoy a chile made with "beans". All of the Terlingua chili cookers will have a good chuckle at this recipe....... Read More
(6)
32 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 18
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
01/07/2004
I used canned beans which reduced the cooking time significantly. This is a very yummy and very easy chili recipe. Make sure you have sour cream on hand! Read More
(18)
Rating: 5 stars
08/05/2007
Impressive!!!Our neighborhood community had a chili cook off and I won 1st place ( 75 prize) using this receipe.I did use canned black beans/kidney beans to save time. Whole Foods does sell buffalo meat but a 1. & I was able to find the meat @ a reg.grocery store. My chili was completely gone at the end of our community chili cook off. Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2009
Love love love this recipe. I use canned beans vs. dried beans leave out the zucchini add 1 can of green chilis and use the entire jar of salsa. I also put it in the crock pot in the AM on low and it is perfect at dinner time! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/21/2009
Mmm good chili! The zucchini goes wonderfully with the other flavors I would never had thought of adding it to chili. I used canned beans and added water to a small can of tomato paste in place of the tomato sauce. I added about a tsp. of garlic powder (out of habit) and had to skip the jalepeno pepper (we are spice wimps). I will be using this recipe for chili from here on out. Read More
(8)
Rating: 4 stars
03/01/2006
So how's about that changing around recipes? I used half beef and half buffalo meat one can each of northern red and black beans an onion a large can of tomato sauce a thing of spicy salsa and then seasoned the heck out of it with crushed red pepper chile powder cumin etc. The cumin gives it much more of a Southwestern Mexican flavor than just the spices. I didn't have any jalapenos on me so instead I used a few Thai chile peppers. I tend to not like my chili overwhelminly tomato-y so this version came out great! I'll probably add more meat next time though. And however insecure East Texans are West Texans are certainly not immasculated by adding a few beans into their dishes. Read More
(6)
Rating: 1 stars
01/29/2005
No true TEXAN would and or could enjoy a chile made with "beans". All of the Terlingua chili cookers will have a good chuckle at this recipe....... Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/19/2008
Very good recipe. I also used canned beans instead of dry to save time. I'm not sure what chili sauce is and couldn't find it so I omitted that ingredient. I served it with shredded cheese on top and corn chips. Very yummy. I wonder if the flavor would be any different with another type of ground meat (turkey beef venison pork etc); I'll probably be trying this recipe with other types of meat to see. Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
10/08/2006
I made this for a Sunday afternoon football watching gathering, and everyone LOVED it! We decided to double the recipe to feed the masses, in doing so we doubled all ingredients except: both types of beans (I used 1 can of each instead of dry), zucchini, and I omitted the bell peppers entirely. Great flavor, my husband said to never make another kind of chili again. Read More
(4)
Rating: 4 stars
08/27/2008
This was really good - i especially liked the black beans with the recipe. I don't know if it was because the pieces of zucchini were too big but they stayed too firm and I'll probably leave them out entirely next time I make this. A great use for buffalo meat! Read More
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