Buffalo, or bison, is a healthier way to enjoy red meat. It’s generally leaner than beef, which means you get less calories and fat. The inspiration for this healthy buffalo stew recipe came after I picked up some pasture-fed buffalo stew meat.
You can make any stew healthier by adding lots of vegetables, and that’s exactly what you get with this buffalo stew. I tossed in some onions, red peppers, carrots, potatoes, and black beans. I cooked the beans and chopped some of my veggies the day before to save time on some of the prep work.
I also used a soup bone I picked up from the farm I buy meat from. This step is optional, but it imparts a nice savory flavor in the stew so I recommend it. And, you can drain the liquid and get some awesome broth to make soup or gravy with. If you don’t have a soup bone, then omit the step below where I talk about using the soup bone and water.
You’ll need a slow cooker or crock pot for this recipe too. I love using the slow cooker because once your prep work is done you just back and let it cook for the rest of the day.
Healthwise, this buffalo stew is a winner too. We’re talking just 259 calories and 6 grams of fat for a large serving … pretty awesome. And, it’s low in sodium and has 5 grams of fiber and 26 grams of protein.
Here’s the buffalo stew recipe. It’s even better the next day!
|Prep Time||Cook Time||Serves|
|15 min||6 hours||6|
Ingredients: Buffalo Stew Recipe
- 1 lb. buffalo stew meat
- 1 beef soup bone
- 1 cup black beans
- 1 cup diced mushrooms
- 2 cups diced onion
- 1 cup diced red pepper
- 4 carrots
- 1 potato
- 4 cups of water
- 1 cider beer
- 1 tsp. kosher salt
- Black pepper to taste
1. Dice all your vegetables.
2. Place the beef soup bone in a slow cooker with the 4 cups of water. Cook on high for 2 hours.
3. Reduce heat to low and add remaining ingredients. Cook for 6 hours.
4. Strain the majority of the liquid and save for soup broth. Remove the soup bone.
5. Serve or turn slow cooker down to low until you’re ready to serve it.
259 calories, 5 g fat,23 g carbs (5 g fiber), 26 g protein, 398 mg sodium