Bison Tacos

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These bison tacos have almost the same flavor and texture as beef tacos but with leaner and healthier meat. This recipe can be prepared in just 20 minutes. Because you can add or leave out ingredients like tomatoes and cilantro, this recipe is an easy choice for picky eaters. Check out these delicious ground bison tacos below, as well as some tips and information.

Bison tacos layered in a dish. Tomatoes, cilantro, red onion, ground bison and sour cream on the side in small bowls.

Bison Taco Ingredients

Bison taco ingredients prepped in small bowls on light wooden background.

For the Bison Filling:

  • Ground bison meat
  • Canola oil (for frying)
  • Garlic
  • Mexican seasoning

To Serve:

  • Hard taco shells

Toppings:

  • Avocado
  • Tomatoes
  • Lime juice
  • Red onion
  • Sour cream
  • Salsa verde
  • Fresh cilantro leaves

You can add our suggested toppings or pick your favorite.

Diced avocado and tomatoes in small glass bowl.

Health Benefits of Ground Bison

What are the benefits of ground bison? Bison meat has various nutrients like iron, B vitamins, zinc, and selenium. These minerals support your immune system, red blood cell formation and fight oxidative stress.

Ground bison in pan with wooden spoon.

Compared to other similar types of meat, it is low in calories but still high in protein, making this a great substitute if you’re watching your diet. For example, bison has lower fat and calories than beef. While 4 oz. of raw 70% lean ground beef is around 375 calories, 4 oz. raw ground bison is only around 164 calories.

The best part about ground bison is that it can be easily substituted in typical beef recipes, like in this bison tacos recipe.

Bison hard tacos layered in a dish.

Tips & Info

There are a couple of things you should keep in mind: because bison is leaner, it cooks a lot faster than beef. Make sure to keep an eye on the cooking process and don’t cook it beyond an internal temperature of 160°F for best results. It can also be more pricey, depending on your location.

Bison hard tacos layered in a dish with green salsa.

When it comes to warming hard taco shells, there are different ways and outcomes. I recommend baking them in the oven because it heats the shells evenly while you cook the meat and you can keep them in a warm space until ready to serve:

  • Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  • Place the shells on a baking sheet, separating them a little.
  • Bake them for about 6 to 7 minutes, until warm and crisp.
  • Then you can turn the oven off and leave them in to keep the shells warm.
Bison hard tacos layered in a dish. Sour cream and sliced red onions on the side.

If you want to heat them faster, put them in the microwave:

  • Place the shells on a microwaveable plate, slightly pulled apart.
  • Heat them in the microwave on high power for 45 seconds, or until warm.

Leftover taco shells can be stored in a zip-top bag.

Did you enjoy this bison tacos recipe? Let us know what you thought in the comments!

Bison hard tacos layered in a dish.

Bison Tacos

Joss D
These bison tacos have almost the same flavor and texture as beef tacos but with leaner and healthier meat!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Servings 10 tacos
Calories 173 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 pound ground bison meat
  • 1 tablespoon garlic - minced
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons Mexican seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 10 hard taco shells - warmed

Toppings:

  • 1 ripe avocado - chopped
  • 1 cup Roma tomatoes - chopped
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • ½ cup red onion - sliced
  • Sour cream
  • Salsa verde - (green sauce)
  • Fresh cilantro leaves

Instructions
 

  • In a small bowl, mix the avocado, tomatoes and lime juice together. Set aside.
    1 ripe avocado, 1 cup Roma tomatoes, 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • Heat the canola oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
    1 tablespoon canola oil
  • Add the ground bison to the pan and break it up into pieces with a wooden spoon. Let it brown for 3 minutes without stirring.
    1 pound ground bison meat
  • Continue to break it up into smaller pieces, until the meat is fully browned, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the minced garlic and stir fry for 1 minute.
    1 tablespoon garlic
  • Add the water, Mexican seasoning and salt. Mix it well and bring to a boil.
    ½ cup water, 2 tablespoons Mexican seasoning, ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Reduce the heat and simmer for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring frequently, until thickened. Remove from heat. Check the seasoning and add more salt, if needed.
  • Spoon the warm meat into the tortilla shells. Top with the avocado mixture, red onions, sour cream, salsa verde and fresh cilantro. Serve immediately!

Equipment

Large skillet

Notes

  • The nutrition information does not include the toppings.

Nutrition

Calories: 173kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 9gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 158mgPotassium: 170mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 49IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 18mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information on In the Kitch is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. It may not include toppings and/or sauces.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What does bison taste like?

Bison tastes very similar to beef but less greasy and slightly sweeter. Although it is said to taste earthy because of the iron content, it does not have a gamey taste! I personally prefer the taste of bison to beef.

Is ground bison better than ground beef?

In terms of health, ground bison is lower in fat and calories than beef and slightly higher in protein. It provides similar nutrients. In terms of taste, that will depend on the individual palate.

Is a buffalo and a bison the same thing?

They are actually not the same, although they are both in the bovidae family. Bison have bigger heads and shorter horns than buffalo; they also have beards and large humps at their shoulders, whereas buffalo do not. Bison are found in North America and parts of Europe, whereas buffalo are found in South Asia and Africa.

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