Bison and Sweet Potato Chili with Harissa and Sumac

This Bison and Sweet Potato Chili is a different spin on the traditional chili, made with bison and sweet potatoes. There's just the right amount of spice with the addition of harissa and sumac. #bison #chili

This Bison and Sweet Potato Chili is a different spin on the traditional chili, made with bison and sweet potatoes. There’s just the right amount of spice with the addition of harissa and sumac.

Seasonal Abundance on the Farm

I haven’t been ‘home’ in a good long while. I’m thinking of the place I grew up, a mixed farm in central Saskatchewan. Right now I can feel (and smell) the nip in the air and watch the leaves that are falling almost as if I were there. The tomatoes have been harvested (while still green) in anticipation of first frost and now lay in boxes beneath my mom’s bed. They ripen while she sleeps. Root veggies are always the last to be harvested because they can withstand a bit of frost.

I talked to my brother the other day. He was excited to tell me that he and his wife harvested their first crop of potatoes. The potato bin is filled and overflowing with more than enough to share around the community. The farmers are working night and day, except during the hours of dew fall, to get their crops off before snow fall.  The earth has given up its seasonal abundance and we are thankful.

Home is Where the Bison Roam

Our mixed family farm used to include cattle with grain farming. There was a time when my Uncle Glenn took a leap of faith and decided to make the switch to bison. Bison are much easier for aging farmers to take care of, in addition to being low in fat and high in protein. Bison meat is just plain delicious. I count my blessings which include access to good quality farm raised bison, it’s so important to know where your food comes from! The last time I was home it was cold enough to transport frozen Bison in a cooler for 10 hours. It was still frozen when I placed it in my freezer, where it stayed until the day I remembered to take it out to thaw.

Cold Weather Chili Cravings

When the weather turns cool I get a huge craving for chili. While the pound of ground bison was thawing I made a trip to our local Co-Op. There I found some wonderful sweet potatoes and thought they would be super in the chili.  My usual chili recipe contains a lot of chili powder and cumin but I had some ‘more interesting’ spices that I wanted to use for this version. Back at home, I searched for chili recipes including sweet potatoes and got quite a few results. Then I tried to throw harissa and sumac into the search mix and got fewer results. The search eventually revealed a recipe for a North African soup and I thought it would be fun to add those flavours to my Sweet Potato Chili.

This Bison and Sweet Potato Chili is a different spin on the traditional chili, made with bison and sweet potatoes. There's just the right amount of spice with the addition of harissa and sumac. #bison #chili Basic Ingredients minus the spices

Begin by sauteing the onions with the spices until they become soft. Then add the minced garlic, red peppers, and the ground bison. After the bison becomes browned add the tomato paste, peanut butter and chunks of sweet potato. After about ten minutes on low, dump in the tin of diced tomatoes, sriracha, and lemon juice. The key is to cook the sweet potatoes until they are just soft, then add the chickpeas at the end. For extra heat, serve with cilantro and some more harissa.

This Bison and Sweet Potato Chili is a different spin on the traditional chili, made with bison and sweet potatoes. There's just the right amount of spice with the addition of harissa and sumac. #bison #chili

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This Bison and Sweet Potato Chili is a different spin on the traditional chili, made with bison and sweet potatoes. There's just the right amount of spice with the addition of harissa and sumac. #bison #chili

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Bison and Sweet Potato Chili with Harissa and Sumac

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A different spin on the traditional chili, made with bison and sweet potatoes.
  • Difficulty:Easy
  • Prep Time:25 mins
  • Cook Time:45 mins
  • Serves:4
  • Freezable:Yes

Nutrition per portion

    Ingredients
    • 1 TBS olive oil
    • 1/2 large onion; diced small
    • 1 1/2 tsp harissa
    • 1 tsp sumac
    • 1 tbsp ground cumin
    • 1 tsp ground coriander
    • 1-2 garlic cloves minced
    • 2 tiny bomb peppers; sliced into slivers
    • 1 pound minced bison
    • 1 ½ tbsp tomato paste
    • 2 tbsp peanut butter
    • 1 sweet potato; cut up into cubes
    • 1 tbsp sriracha (garlic/chili paste)
    • 1 tbsp lemon juice
    • 1 (16 oz) can diced tomatoes
    • 1 can chickpeas
    • Salt and pepper
    • cilantro
    Method
    1. Begin by sautéing the onions with the oil and spices until they are softened.
    2. Add the minced garlic, red peppers, and the ground bison. Break up the minced bison and sauté until it turns brown.
    3. Add the tomato paste, peanut butter and chunks of sweet potato.
    4. Cover and cook on low for a bit, then add the diced tomatoes, sriracha, and lemon juice.
    5. Cook on low until the sweet potatoes become soft then add the chickpeas.
    6. If you would like extra heat, serve with cilantro and more harissa.

     

    This Bison and Sweet Potato Chili is a different spin on the traditional chili, made with bison and sweet potatoes. There's just the right amount of spice with the addition of harissa and sumac. #bison #chili.

     

    9 comments

    1. foodisthebestshitever

      I love a good home town/tales of childhood story. Very nice, my friend. Cockle warming… And the chilli would be too I’m sure! 🙂

      Reply

    2. chef mimi

      This looks fabulous! Bison is so good, and I’m already thinking about what other goodies I could add to this Chili!

      Reply

      1. dishnthekitchen

        Yeah I kept it pretty simple but I really like the addition of peanut butter.

        Reply

    3. La Cuisine Helene

      Wow this looks different and so yum, my sons would love it.

      Reply

    4. Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen

      Bison is one of my favourite game meats! Also I love the addition of peanut butter. I’ve used sunflower seed butter (I’m allergic to PB) in North African inspired recipes and I’m always surprised at how good it tastes in savoury dishes like that.

      Reply

      1. dishnthekitchen

        That’s a great idea Chelsea. Sunflower seed butter would add a creaminess to the sauce without a huge flavour change. I must try that next time! Thanks for stopping by.

        Reply

    5. Flavour and Savour @flavourandsavour.com

      Love harissa, but I’ve never thought about adding it to chili. Great idea!

      Reply

      1. dishnthekitchen

        Thank you. I think there are quite a few uses for harissa…love the flavour!

        Reply

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