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Bacon Bison Beer Chili

Bacon Bison Beer Chili the perfect cool weather food recipe.  Layers of ingredients using  bacon, bison, salsa, and beer, leaves you with a big flavor, low calorie, high protein recipe.  Easy to prepare makes this the perfect family recipe, or for watching the big game.  Gluten free, Grain free, and Dairy free.
Course Main Course
Keyword Bacon, Bison, Chili, Gluten Free, Paleo
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6
Author Amy


  • 3 slices thick-cut bacon finely chopped
  • 1 large yellow onion finely chopped
  • 1 large garlic clove minced
  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground bison
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sweet smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • About 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 can 14.5 oz. crushed fire-roasted tomatoes or regular crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can 8 oz. salsa
  • 1 cup flavorful medium-bodied beer, I used Green's
  • 1 can 14.5 oz. mixed beans, drained {or use black beans}{check label for gluten free}


  • Chopped cilantro
  • Sliced jalapeno


  1. In a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat, cook bacon, stirring until it just begins to brown, about 4 minutes.
  2. Add bison, breaking up and string until slightly cooked through, about 5-6 minutes.
  3. Sprinkle chili powder, cumin, paprika, cayenne and salt, stir to combine.
  4. Push bison to the perimeter of pan making a clear spot in the center.
  5. Add the onion and garlic to the center and stir cooking until translucent, about 4-5 minutes.
  6. Add tomatoes, salsa, and beer and bring to a boil.
  7. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover partially, and cook 30 minutes.
  8. Add beans and cook 10 minutes, uncovered. Season to taste with salt. Serve warm, with toppings on the side.