Ground Bison & Vegetable Stew

Ground Bison & Vegetable Stew

Warm, filling, and nourishing, this AIP/Paleo and low-FODMAP Ground Bison and Vegetable Stew is perfect for cold winter days. This hearty and flavorful stew is one of my family’s favorite meals and the bison . The white sweet potatoes, carrots, kale, and pureed butternut squash are such a great complement to the ground bison.

If following a low-FODMAP diet, this stew is compliant at one serving size.

Why do I love rotating between bison and beef?

  • Bison is not only significantly lower in saturated fat compared to beef, but it is higher in protein. I find the lower fat content makes it much easier to digest.
  • Bison is very high in omega-3 fatty acids, perfect if you are allergic to other high omega-3 food sources, such as salmon.
  • I honestly really love the taste. It isn’t gamey at all and has a slightly sweet, almost smoky flavor.


  • If you don’t have any access to ground bison, feel free to replace the meat with ground beef or your preferred ground meat.
  • For the pureed butternut squash, I recommend purchasing canned butternut squash puree. This saves a lot of time — the brand I recommend is Farmers Market Foods. If you buy canned butternut squash, make sure it doesn’t include any additives.
  • If following a low-FODMAP diet, this stew is compliant at one serving size.
  • I like to massage the kale with avocado oil and salt before adding it to the stew — this helps if you have a sensitive stomach since it helps break down the kale. However, this step is definitely not necessary since cooking the kale will already soften it up.


Ground Bison & Vegetable Stew

: 5-6
: 10 min
: 55 min
: 65 min
5 from 3 reviews

Warm, filling, and nourishing, this allergy-friendly bison stew is perfect for cold winter days. Diet Type: SFED, AIP, Paleo, W30


  • 1 lb ground bison
  • 1-2 tbsp avocado oil
  • 3 large carrots (2 cups), chopped
  • 3 celery stalks (1 cup), sliced
  • 2 large white sweet potatoes (2 cups), chopped
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups butternut squash, pureed
  • 3 cups kale, chopped
  • Fresh parsley, topping (optional)
  • Step 1 Heat a large pan over medium heat and add the ground bison, breaking into pieces. Once the meat has finished cooking, remove from the pan and set to the side.
  • Step 2 Heat the avocado oil in a large stock pot on medium heat. Once hot, add the chopped carrots and celery. Saute for about 8 minutes.
  • Step 3 Add the white sweet potatoes, salt and turmeric and combine ingredients. Continue cooking the ingredients over medium heat, stirring periodically, for another 10 minutes or until the vegetables have softened a bit.
  • Step 4 Add in the broth, pureed butternut squash, kale, and bison. Stir all ingredients together and set to low-medium heat, letting the stew simmer for roughly 30 minutes.
  • Step 5 Once the stew is ready, serve warm and top with fresh parsley if desired.

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11 thoughts on “Ground Bison & Vegetable Stew”

  • This is an excellent foundational stew. I added different spices to give it a more Indian/Arab cuisine flavor, but my husband and I very much loved the dish. Spices added: powdered mustard, thyme, nutmeg, ginger, garam masala

  • Thank you for this recipe. I have a severe food sensitivity problem and am limited in what I can eat. I get tired of the same old things. I made this with slight modifications and loved it. It was so nice to have something different.

    • Hi Anne, thank you for taking the time to leave a review! I am so happy to hear you enjoyed the recipe and that you have something new to add to your rotation of meals.

  • Loved this soup!!!! It was amazing! I could not find puréed butternut squash, but bought a package of chopped squash in the vegetable section, boiled it and smashed it. Thank you for sharing! It was perfect for tonight’s cold weather!

  • Just made this tonight. Just as written but sans parsley. It’s definitely a two thumbs up on my thumb – o – meter! A keeper for sure. All at the table agreed. Thank you!

  • Thank you – this stew was delicious – first time I’ve ever had bison & thought it would be gamey but it wasn’t. Only thing is that my stew was not as bright yellow as yours – mine looked more in the muddier side.

  • Made this stu & loved it. I also added a couple of different spices, such as, curry, nutmeg, garam malasa. Also didn’t have sweet white potatoes, so used yams.
    Flavours with bison are amazing..
    Thank you

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