July 15, 2019

Blueberry bison chili

A summertime chili made with blueberries, black beans, ground bison, and a surprise ingredient -- blueberries!

Welcome to #BlueberryWeek! I'm super excited to be sharing four new blueberry recipes this week as we celebrate blueberry season. Blueberries pair beautifully with red meat and for this chili I decided to use bison. I think venison would work nicely as well (ground beef is also good, of course). I can find bison at our local grocery store and I like to use it on occasion. 

This concept was first introduced to me when I was at a dinner where we were eating Native American dishes. One of the dishes was similar to a chili and it combined venison and blueberries along with a side of white cornbread.

I know you may be a bit skeptical (like that time I made chili with apples), but this chili was a big win at dinner time in our house. The flavors all come together very nicely and the blueberries provide a hint of both sweetness and tartness. Adding fruit to your cooking is a fun way to change up your meals.

We recently went camping and took our twins (who will be turning three at the end of the month -- where has the time gone?!?) for the first time. Chili is something I would often make when my husband and I would go camping because it freezes so nicely. Then you can put the frozen container in your cooler and it lasts a couple of days before it needs to be heated and eaten - giving you have a quick and easy dinner.

I love the idea of taking a chili with seasonal blueberries in it for a summer camping trip, but it's good anytime you have blueberries! You can use fresh or frozen blueberries in this recipe.

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Yield: 4-6 servings

Blueberry Bison Chili


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small jalapeño, seeded and minced
  • 4 green onions, chopped (greens and whites separated)
  • 1 medium green pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 lb. ground bison
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 (14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (15.5 oz.) can black beans, drained
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn


How to cook Blueberry Bison Chili

  1. In a large soup pot heat the olive oil over medium heat. Stir in the jalapeño, white parts of the green onions, and green pepper. Cook, stirring often, until they are just getting soft. Stir in the garlic.
  2. Add in the bison and break it apart with a wooden spoon or spatula. Add in the coriander, cumin, and smoked paprika, along with a good pinch of salt and a few grinds of black pepper. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the meat is cooked through.
  3. Stir in the tomatoes, black beans, blueberries, and corn. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the blueberries have begun to burst, about 15-20 minutes.
  4. Check for seasoning. Serve hot. Garnish with the reserved green portions of the onions and sour cream, if desired.
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I hope you give this chili a try this blueberry season! Let me know in the comments below.

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  1. I would have never thought of adding blueberries in the chili. Now I am really intrigued to give it a try too since we love all sorts of chili dishes. Thanks for the great idea, Amy.

  2. Oh goodness, I can imagine the flavor these blueberries give to some chili! I'd love a big bowl right about now!

  3. Loving the "print" recipe card idea! Thanks.

  4. I sometimes use blueberries with corn and beans in a salad, but have never used them in chili. I will! I LOVE chili. :-) Brilliant idea -- thanks.

  5. So looking forward to trying this. I have not ever had blueberries in chili. Now I am questioning why!

  6. What a cool idea to combine blueberries into a chili! Sounds delicious.

  7. What a creative way to add blueberries to a savory dish!

  8. This is a great blend of sweet and savory! It sounds like a great recipe for camping!

  9. Blueberries and bison? I'm totally intrigued!

  10. I love this savory blueberry recipe- the heat and sweet is an awesome combo!

  11. Now I'm totally in the mood for a big ol' bowl of chili!

  12. Amy, blueberries and chili - who would have thought?! Your recipe sounds intriguing and very delicious - I would love to have a taste!

  13. Our grocery store sells bison AND I have a freezer full of venison, so I'll definitely be giving this a try!

  14. You have outdone yourself with this creation. Bison and blueberry - what a fabulous combination of flavors. I want a bowl of this chili in front of me right now.

  15. Most creative chili ingredients ever, I love it!

  16. Blueberries in the chili? I bet they taste delicious and rich with the bison meat.

  17. This chili was amazing! Made it tonite minus the corn. Blueberries didn't pop so much but it didn't matter still good!


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