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Bacon Bison Chili

Recipe Macros

Tracking your macros is important while trying to remain in Ketosis. Here they are for one serving of this recipe.


Fat: 23g


Protein: 19g


Carbs: 9g (net)

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Last week, as I was trying to figure out what to make for dinner, chili crossed my mind. Then I thought “I don’t want to deal with trying to figure out chili without beans, not now. Besides, it’s not ‘chili season’ yet.” So I didn’t make chili. Then this week, there was a sale at Sprouts on everything frozen, including meat. We decided it was the perfect time to stock up on some bison and while we were there, we also found some wild boar sausage and ground kangaroo. What? Kangaroo? Heck yes, I’m trying that! So we get home, I thaw the ‘roo meat, and then realize I have no idea what to do with it. Then I realized “Oh, chili”.

So it was on. Time to make some chili, before chili season. You know what I’m talking about. People don’t make chili in the summer. And here in Colorado, it’s still plenty hot during the day, although I guess I’ll admit that chili season might be right around the corner. Anyway, kangaroo chili. I make this stuff and it’s really good, and I’m pretty dang impressed with the taste, considering my old, pre-paleo chili “recipe” came from a can of Bush’s Chili Starter, no lie. I was not about to win any chili cook-offs, so when this stuff actually tasted good, and with just the right amount of fire, I was doing a little happy dance in my head. In my head because I can’t dance for real, two left feet over here.

However, there was a downside to this yum chili: the kangaroo. Bummer, right? I was kind of excited to love kangaroo meat, but I just couldn’t. It was a sort of grainy, gritty texture, and a little too mushy. The meat in chili should be more substantial which is why I won’t be using ‘roo again, bison is the only way to go. So if you find kangaroo meat, maybe try it just for fun, and maybe you’ll like it. Maybe kangaroo steaks are better than the ground version of the meat, but I’ll have to wait until I can find some of that, which I’m guessing won’t be anytime soon.

Oh, and I haven’t really mentioned the fact that there’s bacon in this, so, bacon!

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Bacon Bison Chili

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 40 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 341 kcal
Author: Kendra Benson


  • 1 lb Ground Bison
  • 6 oz Uncured Smoked Bacon diced
  • 1 Yellow Onion diced
  • 2 Bell Peppers red or yellow, diced
  • 1 Jalapeno Pepper seeded and diced
  • 1 large Carrot diced
  • 2 Cloves Garlic minced
  • 2 14.5 oz cans Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 3/4 tsp Chipotle Pepper
  • Sea Salt to taste
  • Ground Black Pepper to taste


  1. In a large cast iron skillet (or non-stick skillet), add the bacon pieces. Turn the heat up to medium and cook the bacon for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  2. Add the onion, bell peppers, jalapeno, carrots, and garlic to the skillet with the bacon. Saute, stirring frequently, for about 10 minutes, until the veggies are crisp tender.
  3. While the veggies are cooking, heat a large stockpot over medium heat and add the ground bison. Cook until it is browned all the way through, breaking it up with a wooden spoon as it cooks.
  4. When the bison is completely cooked, add all the veggies to the stockpot.
  5. Add the tomatoes and all the spices. Stir to combine everything in the pot.
  6. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to low. Cover and let simmer for 2 hours.
  7. Serve hot.
Nutrition Facts
Bacon Bison Chili
Amount Per Serving
Calories 341 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 23g 35%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 71mg 24%
Sodium 456mg 19%
Potassium 720mg 21%
Total Carbohydrates 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 6g
Protein 19g 38%
Vitamin A 72.6%
Vitamin C 83.1%
Calcium 7.3%
Iron 24.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



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12 Comments on “Bacon Bison Chili

  1. Missy Mindek

    While I was out of town, my husband made this and loved it so much that he kept bragging about it! Thanks for your great recipes!

  2. Therese

    Amazing chili! I served it over roasted spaghetti squash and had to keep the kids from fighting over the last of it! Keeper recipe for sure! Thanks

  3. Janice

    Leftovers? There was no leftovers. The kids finished it all and were asking for seconds. I’ll have to double the recipe next time. Great job!!

  4. Caria

    This has become one of our bi-weekly favorite recipes! Anytime I take it to work, everyone asks what smells so delicious! Thank you!

    1. Kendra Benson

      Does he just hate tomatoes or tomato flavor too? My husband doesn’t like tomatoes either but like chili and salsa. If he just doesn’t like chunks of tomatoes but is okay with the flavor, I’d add another bell pepper and replace the diced tomatoes with a can (about 6-8oz) of tomato paste and about 8 oz of water as well.


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