Warm up with Slow Cooker Bison Stew

Crock pot bison stew – comfort food that’s as easy to make as it is to enjoy on a cold autumn day.  It’s also an excellent way to introduce bison meat to your cooking repertoire.

Bison meat is a highly nutrient dense food that’s very lean.  Cooking it slow and low like in this stew will make it tender and delicious.

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And don’t forget, stew is one of those dishes where the flavor improves over time – so it’s always a good idea to make extra for lunch the next day or to pop in the freezer for when no one feels like cooking. And while, like in this bison stew recipe, you can just dump all the ingredients in the crock pot and let it do all the work, you can also brown the meat first for extra flavor. Totally, your choice!

Slow Cooker Bison Stew

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5 from 2 votes

Slow Cooker Bison Stew

A delicious comforting stew made with lean bison. Serve with freshly baked Spinach Cheese Biscuits.
Prep : 15 mins
Cook : 6 hrs
Total Time: 6 hrs 15 mins


  • 2 parsnips
  • 4 potatoes
  • 3 carrots
  • 3 celery stalks
  • 1 onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 lbs stewing bison
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper flakes
  • 2 tbsp dried leeks optional
  • 1 tsp Italian Seasoning or 1/2 tsp oregano & 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 1/2 cups 28 oz canned diced or crushed tomatoes
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • parsley sprigs


  • Wash, peel and dice parsnips, potatoes, carrots and celery to 3/4 inch pieces.
  • Add to bottom of crock pot.
  • Slice onions and garlic and add to crockpot.
  • Add stewing bison to crockpot on top of veggies.
  • Add seasonings, tomatoes and broth to crockpot.
  • Turn slow cooker to low and cook for 6 to 8 hours or on high for 4 to 5 hours.
  • Wait to add salt and pepper until the end of the cooking cycle.
  • Add parsley as garnish just before serving.


You can easily substitute beef or other meat for the bison. The long cooking time makes this recipe ideal for tougher cuts of meat.
For even more flavor, brown the meat before adding to the crock pot. It's an extra step, but it does add flavor.
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We paired this stew with Spinach & Cheese Biscuits, but the No Knead Artisan Bread, Rosemary Focaccia or the 50/50 Whole Wheat Bread are also great with this bison stew.

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If you enjoy a hot bowl of soup or stew you may also want to check out:

Leek and Potato Soup (with or without Farmer Sausage)

Garden Vegetable Hamburger Soup

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo


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    1. Hi Patricia,

      Absolutely, you can substitute with whatever stock you normally would use.



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