TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + soaking Cook: 1-3/4 hours
MAKES: 14 servings


  • 2-1/2 cups dried pinto beans
  • 2 pounds ground musk ox, buffalo or lean beef (90% lean)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste

Nutritional Facts

217 calories: 1 cup, 2g fat (0g saturated fat), 26mg cholesterol, 208mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 7g fiber), 24g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 3 very lean meat 1 vegetable


  1. Place beans in a Dutch oven; add water to cover by 2 in. Bring to a boil; boil for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; cover and let stand for 1 hour. Drain and rinse beans, discarding liquid; set beans aside.
  2. In the Dutch oven, cook meat over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add the beans, onion, garlic, seasonings and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1-1/2 hours or until beans are tender.
  3. Stir in tomatoes and tomato paste; heat through, stirring occasionally. Yield: 14 servings (3-1/2 quarts).
Originally published as Musk Ox Chili in Farm and Ranch Living June/July 2009, p25

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