Slow Cooker Buffalo Chili


This slow cooker buffalo chili recipe is seasoned with Lexie’s Chili Seasoning which I make in bulk and keep on hand.

When the weekend rolls around I am so over with the prep and cooking of meals. I want quick and easy or take me out! Now that the weather is turning (had our first snowflakes tonight with 60+ mph wind gusts!), chili is back on the menu. This chili recipe is seasoned with Lexie’s Chili Seasoning which I make in bulk and keep on hand. My meat of choice for chili is ground buffalo, or bison. My friend and bison rancher, Jill Klawonn, says “to find the meat with the most flavor, purchase your bison directly from the ranchers who raise them on pastures with minimal handling and do not finish them in a feedlot on corn.” You can find ranchers and retailers near you by visiting the National Bison Association’s website. For more on bison’s nutritional value as compared to other meats, read here.

This post is linked to Miz Helen’s Country Cottage Texas Star Chili Cook-off 2010 event.

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chili

This recipe is: Gluten-Free | Casein-Free | Citrus-Free | Corn-Free | Dairy-Free | Egg-Free | Fish-Free | Peanut-Free | Potato-Free | Shellfish-Free | Soy-Free | Tree Nut-Free | Wheat-Free | Sweetener-Free | GFCF

Serves:  6
Prep Time:  15
Cook Time:  4-6 hours


2 pounds ground BISON, browned (or beef or turkey or just lots of veggies!)
3-5 large TOMATOES diced and crushed
2-1/2 cups cooked BEANS (pinto, kidney, black or a combination)
1 small ONION minced
1 cup chopped CELERY
1/2 cup diced green BELL PEPPER
2 cups WATER


Place all ingredients in slow cooker and cook 4 hours on high or 6 hours on low. Salt to taste prior to serving.

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Karen from Globetrotter Diaries October 27, 2010 - 5:09 am

Yum! I'm making chili this week too– this looks yummy and I love buffalo!!

Shirley @ gfe October 27, 2010 - 11:10 am

Oh, yum, Lexie! It's neat seeing all these chili recipes come in for Miz Helen's event. 🙂

I'd always heard that Wyoming can be brutal when the weather turns cold, especially with the winds. Yikes on 60 + mph gusts!


Heidi October 27, 2010 - 1:30 pm

Yum! I love Chili and Buffalo, so this sounds wonderful Lex. Thanks for the link to the National Bison Association, I am planning on buying my grass-fed meats in bulk directly from the ranchers once I get my new deep freezer, so this info will help a lot!


Miz Helen October 27, 2010 - 9:19 pm

I am so excited that you brought your wonderful Slow Cooker Buffalo Chili to the Texas Star Chili Cook Off. We are going to have so much fun. Thank you for coming over to The Country Cottage.
Miz Helen

joudie's mood food October 27, 2010 - 10:28 pm

This looks like a meal for winter….. So happy its cold outside!!!!

Kim @ Cook It Allergy Free October 29, 2010 - 5:12 pm

This looks wonderful! I have not used bison before, but my butcher had some the other day and I was really really tempted. Now I think I will, to try it in this chili.
And, I had not seen your chili seasoning recipe before. That looks amazing – I will have to mix some of that up since we make a ton of chili throughout the winter here!

Miz Helen November 1, 2010 - 12:58 pm

Congratulations Lexie! Our judges have named your Chili our Third Place Winner in our With Beans Category at the Texas Star Chili Cook Off. Your Chili is wonderful and the judges just loved it. Thank you so much for bringing it to the Cook Off. Come over to the Winners Page and check out your link.
Best Wishes!
Miz Helen


Yay! Thanks Miz Helen. What a fun surprise. Thank you for hosting the event!! My first cook off award, yippeee.


Poha November 2, 2010 - 5:11 am

So happy for your award!

Abby November 3, 2010 - 10:34 pm

Congrats on your ribbon!!! Awesome chili!

Ruthie Ma November 14, 2010 - 3:43 am

3rd place!!!! I am going to try this!
…. instant coffee?? really?
AND cocoa? hmmmm well, it got 3rd place you must know what your doing!!!

Trista June 11, 2011 - 11:09 pm

Here it is June and I was hungry for chili. So I made this for dinner tonight. Super yummy! Thank you for sharing this recipe. 🙂

Lexie June 12, 2011 - 4:21 am


Oh man, now that you mention it, I could go for some, too … even though it's pushing 90 out : ) Thanks for reporting back!!



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