NEW ORLEANS — Over the course of its 300-year history, New Orleans’ cuisine has been one of its greatest gifts to the world. Now, as we celebrate the city’s 300th birthday and WWL-TV’s 60th anniversary, our gift to you is a free e-cookbook, with free summer time recipes.

Click here to download the free "Summer Favorites" cookbook as well as the previous editions with Recipes for Cajun cooking, Lent, Global Cuisine and Holiday Recipes.

This edition of our "360 In the Kitchen" cookbook series focuses on dishes that are perfect for the long, hot south Louisiana summer. Coping with the heat and humidity of a New Orleans summer has been a way of life here from the beginning. From salads and dishes with lighter sauces to icy cool desserts, our cookbook gives you some creative recipe ideas to try without sacrificing any of the flavor that New Orleans cooks are known for.

Colorado Bison Chili

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. ground bison
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper (or to taste)
  • 1 can rotel tomatoes
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 2 cups stock, beef or chicken
  • 2 cans kidney beans, drained 
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 Anaheim chili pepper, chopped
  • 1 poblano chili pepper, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp. Creole seasoning
  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

Directions: 

  1. Brown the bison in a skillet over medium heat; season with 1/2 teaspoon cumin and 1 pinch cayenne pepper or to taste. Drain excess grease.
  2. Combine the bison, rotel tomatoes, tomato paste, stock, kidney beans, onion, garlic, Anaheim chili pepper, poblano chili pepper, chili powder, Creole seasoning, 1 1/2 tsp. cumin, 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper in a Dutch oven and simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Or in a slow cooker, cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.

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