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Red Deer Foodie

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Monthly Archives: January 2013

So it’s been a long time since I’ve updated the ol’ Red Deer Foodie!  I want to assure you that I’ve still been cooking up a storm and creating lots of new recipes and I am going to really try and get those posted over the next few weeks!!  Time to get back in the saddle!!  Today I want to share a recipe that I created last week for Bison & Bell Pepper Chili!  Luckily we have a few places in town to buy ground bison – if you’re in Red Deer, try Big Bend Market!!

Just a heads up; even though this is a slow cooker chili, you are still going to need to dirty a frying pan and you will also need about 30 minutes of prep time before you can dump everything in the cooker!


Slow Cooker Bison & Bell Pepper Chili


1 lb ground lean bison

2 cups finely diced onion

1 rib celery finely chopped

4-5 cloves garlic, minced

1 tbsp olive oil

2 jalapenos, seeded and finely chopped

3 tbsp chili powder

1 tbsp cumin

1 tbsp dried oregano leaves

salt & pepper

1 each, yellow, orange & red pepper, chopped

540 mL (19 oz) can diced tomatoes + juice

540 mL (19 0z) mixed bean medley (not the marinated kind!) drained and rinsed

156 mL tomato paste (the little can)

1/2 cup beef broth

Serve with: sour cream, fresh cilantro, grated cheddar & diced jalapenos!


In a large heavy bottom skillet, heat oil over medium high heat.  Sweat the onion, celery and garlic – add the spices and cook until onion is translucent.   IMG_0418

Add the bison to the skillet and brown.

The next part is super easy: add all of the rest of the ingredients into the slow cooker, stir and get it going on low for 6 – 8 hours!  If you want to get it really spicy, you can add a couple dried chilis and fish them out later.

Top with cilantro, more jalapenos, cheese, sour cream (I needed this b/c of course I put in too many dried jalapenos and it was too spicy for me) and whatever else you top your chili with normally.  This dish actually tastes better the next day, just like most chilis!!



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