The Heartiest Spicy Chipotle Bison Chili

We're going to need a bigger bowl...

Photo: Photo by Rachel Korinek

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If it’s cold, rainy or snowy outside, you can bet I’m going to be whipping up some chili.

This chipotle bison chili has just enough of a kick to clear out my sinuses, but is also so hearty and protein-packed. Bison meat has higher amounts of micronutrients compared to beef, with more vitamin B12, zinc, iron and omega-3 fatty acids. In terms of taste, bison tends to have a delicate flavor profile and some say it’s a bit sweeter than other meat.

FYI – if chipotle chiles are a little too hot for your palate, try substituting them with 1/2 Tbsp. of smoked paprika. This will still give your chili that smoky flavor you want but with a much milder spice.


Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
55 min
65 min


  • 2 Tbsp. avocado oil
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cups butternut squash, cubed
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb. ground bison
  • 1 can chipotle chiles, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. adobo sauce
  • 1 15-oz. can fire-roasted tomatoes, diced
  • 1 1tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 15 oz.-can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 orange, zested and juiced


  1. In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat avocado oil.
  2. Add 1 yellow onion, chopped, and cubed butternut squash; cook 5 minutes.
  3. Add garlic and ground bison; cook 5 minutes, breaking up bison with a spoon.
  4. Add ½ of a canned chipotle chile and adobo sauce, fire-roasted diced tomatoes, ground cumin, chile powder and smoked paprika, black pepper and salt; heat on low for 45 minutes.
  5. Stir in 1 15-oz can black beans, rinsed and drained; cook 15 minutes more. Remove from heat and stir in orange zest and juice.