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Sioux Stew

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For those of you who might be worried that I am not eating properly, I just thought I’d show you an example of the home-made cuisine I get to eat every day;

Sioux Stew (made with ground bison meat),
without any garnish (I added dried blueberries and shredded cheddar cheese
after I snapped this picture).

Image: GrrlScientist 2008. [larger view].

The recipe is below the fold;

Sioux Stew
courtesy of Elizabeth Dodd.

1.5-2lbs ground bison meat
2c diced onions
garlic, minced
3 cans diced tomatoes
1 can chicken broth
3 Bell peppers (red, yellow, orange, or green or all of these colors), diced
2 4-ounce cans diced green chili peppers, drained
2 cooking apples (Granny Smith is what we used), cored and diced
3 T chili powder
3 T unsweetened cocoa powder
1 T curry powder
1 t ground cinnamon
2-3 c cooked red beans

Garnish with slivered almonds, raisins, dried cherries, dried cranberries, or cheddar cheese.

Preparation Instructions:

Brown bison meat with onions and garlic ina large kettle (may need to add olive oil). Stir in tomatoes, chicken broth, peppers, apples and seasonings. Bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for one hour. Add beans and almonds and heat thoroughly. Serve with suggested garnishes.

Diced Bell peppers for Sioux Stew (yummy!)

Image: GrrlScientist 2008. [larger view].


  1. #1 Tegumai Bopsulai, FCD
    March 28, 2008

    Pre-Columbian Americans would not have had access to cheddar cheese, apples, cinnamon, curry powder, and several other of those ingredients. Also, some Indians (native Americans?) consider the term “Sioux” to be racially derogatory. Otherwise, enjoy your meal.

  2. #2 PaWalleye
    March 28, 2008

    There is little question that there is a lot of discussion about the use of the word Sioux but, I do not think it would be the case here.:) It is very offensive when the University of North Dakota calls their athletic teams the Sioux and have logos on the floor, of their multimillion dollar hockey pavilion, that people walk on.

  3. #3 Chris' Wills
    March 28, 2008


    As an addition to a meat stew!!? I’ll have to try that. Normally it’s Vanilla ice-cream and blue berries.

    Just out of interest, is there such a thing as bison cheese? (buffalo cheese is Mozzarella) Cheddar cheese should, of course, come from cows living in the Chedder gorge but seems nowadays a generic term for a type of cheese.

  4. #4 Bill the Cat
    March 28, 2008

    Wot, no chili peppers?

  5. #5 blf
    March 29, 2008

    We know now what happened to the bison in the previous post. 😉

  6. #6 Tegumai Bopsulai, FCD
    March 29, 2008

    Wot, no chili peppers?

    The recipe contains “chili powder,” which is a powdered mix of chili pepper and cumin.

  7. #7 Horwood Beer-Master
    March 29, 2008

    Nice salt and pepper dispensers! The portion of the meal looks a bit small to me, but then I can be a bit of a glutton sometimes.

  8. #8 David Harmon
    March 30, 2008

    Cool — I’ve been seeing Bison meat in my supermarket, now I know what to do with it.

    Tegumai: No apples? Hmm, those have certainly settled in since. In any case, they’d probably have had a bunch of ingredients that would be uncommon nowadays. (They might not have had chilies, for North American Indians.)

    I’ve been collecting “wild garlic” from my local hiking trail, but in fact, the stuff has been popping up all over the place here, including ornamental flowerbeds and lawns.

  9. #9 Tegumai Bopsulai, FCD
    March 30, 2008

    Tegumai: No apples? Hmm, those have certainly settled in since.

    They’re native to Kazakhstan. North American dispersion is generally credited to Johnny Appleseed.

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