Mexican Bison Stew

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Mexican Bison Stew

Mexican Bison Stew

Mexican cooks are great at turning tough chunks of meat into delicious and tender stews. This one, which uses tougher cuts of bison, such as chuck or brisket, is flavored with chili powder, cumin and tequila. Serve with warm tortillas.

Serves 8

Prep Time 60 min

Total Time 180 min.


  • 3 tablespoon chili powder, divided
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 pounds bison chuck, or brisket, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 3 mild green chiles, such as Anaheim or poblano, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1/2 cup tequila, or water
  • 1 15-ounce c white or yellow hominy, (see Note), rinsed
  • 2 cups diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoon lime juice
  • 3 cups diced (1-inch pieces) patty pan, chayote or summer squash (see Tip)
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • Garni
  • 8 lime wedges
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 2 cups finely shredded cabbage
  • 1 cup finely chopped red onion

Cooking Directions

Step 1

Combine 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder, salt and cumin in a large bowl. Add bison and toss to coat.

Step 2

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium, add half the meat and brown on all sides, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and brown the rest of the meat. Transfer to the plate.

Step 3

Add onion to the pot and cook, stirring, until starting to soften, 3 to 5 minutes. Add chiles and garlic; cook, stirring, for 2 to 3 minutes more. Add the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder and stir until the vegetables are well coated. Add tequila (or water), scrape up any browned bits, and simmer until most of the liquid is evaporated. Stir in hominy, tomatoes, broth, orange juice, lime juice and the reserved bison. Return to a simmer, reduce heat, cover and cook until the bison is easily pierced with a fork, 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

Step 4

Stir in squash and cook until just tender, 8 to 15 minutes, depending on the type of squash. Season with pepper. Serve the stew with lime wedges, cilantro, cabbage and red onion on the side, if desired.