Healthy Spicy Buffalo Chili

Spicy Buffalo Chili

Chili gets a bad wrap. If you add all sorts of cheese and use fatty meat, sure, it’s not healthy for you. But if you make a couple changes to your recipes it turns into a super healthy, fiber filled, delicious meal (read some health benefits here)! Here’s a great recipe using lean buffalo meat

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 1/2 pounds ground buffalo meat
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 jalapeno, seeded and diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 can (28-oz) tomato puree
  • 3 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground chipotle pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 2 cups beef broth, or water
  • 1 (15 oz) can pinto beans, drained
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained
  • water as needed


  1. In a large pot, over med-high heat, cook the buffalo in the oil until browned and broken in small pieces. Drain excess fat from meat. Add the onions and sauté for 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for one minute.
  2. Add all remaining ingredients, except the beans, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Add the beans and cook for 15 minutes more. Water can be added during the cooking to adjust for thinner or thicker chili.
This was probably my third helping... don't think I didn't eat 5 times as much as what's in this picture! So good!

This was probably my third helping… don’t think I didn’t eat 5 times as much as what’s in this picture! So good!

Spicy Buffalo Chili


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