Buffalo Chili Recipe

Buffalo chili recipe - Dr. Axe

This buffalo chili recipe is easy, healthy and delicious! Make it in the crockpot or on the stove; this recipe caters to you!

Total Time

90 minutes



Diet Type



  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • ½ cup chopped onions
  • 2 medium garlic cloves, minced
  • 1½ cups chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1½ pounds grass-fed ground bison or grass-fed ground beef
  • 2 teaspoons thyme
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 8 ounces diced tomatoes (no sugar added)
  • 12 ounce jar salsa (homemade or all-natural)


  1. In a large stock pot on medium-high, combine coconut oil, onions, garlic, celery, and pepper. Saute until onion is translucent; about 3-4 min.
  2. Add ground meat, thyme, chili powder and cumin and cook, stirring frequently, 5-6 min.
  3. Pour salt, tomatoes and salsa into pot.
  4. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for at least 1 hour. (Optional: Add mixture to a slow cooker and cook on low for about 3 hours)

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    • Carolyn on

      Regarding the question about the taste of coconut. If you use refined coconut oil, you will not have a coconut taste at all.

  1. Amy on

    It’s also not possible to sauté the onions, oil, meat in a crockpot. You need to transfer that in order for it to work. I added one 15oz of beans (kidney or cannelloni work). I also used red pepper and carrots because I didn’t have green pepper. You can tweak and because it’s chili, it tastes good!

  2. Kim on

    I made this for a group and everyone really liked it. They did mention there were no beans, but it was good without. My son was even asking for leftovers, so I know it was a really good recipe! I’ll be making it again this weekend.


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