Unless you live under a rock (and maybe you do, I don’t know, I don’t live your life) you’ve probably heard somewhere along the way that bison, aka buffalo, is a healthy substitute for beef.  You may have heard that bison are grass fed, that they’re free of drugs, chemicals, and hormones.  You may have heard that bison is full of iron and essential fatty acids.  You might know that bison is very high in protein while being super low in fat, calories, and cholesterol.  Perhaps you’ve heard that it’s basically interchangeable with beef in most recipes.  Ok, so if you love beef as much as I do (no jokes please) that last little factoid may give you pause.  Interchangeable with beef?  Don’t people say that about ground turkey, and can’t we all totes tell the difference?

You know who can always tell the difference?  Like even if I use ¼ ground turkey to ¾ ground beef?  My twelve-year-old son.  He’s like a bloodhound when it comes to this kind of stuff.  One bite and he says “this has turkey in it”, and he doesn’t even believe me when I lie and tell him its all beef.  Well, I’m happy to report I substituted ground bison for ground beef in our tacos last night and guess what?  The kid ate four without even noticing the difference.  So you might be saying “big deal, when you make tacos you season the heck out of the beef and then add toppings and what not”.  And to that I say true, but isn’t that kinda the case for most ground beef recipes?  Does anyone ever just eat a bowl of plain ground beef?  Ok, in the interest of full disclosure I do, but I know I have a funky pallet and I’m in the minority.

Interested in giving bison a try?  Of course you are.  I recommend baby stepping and starting off with giving it a whirl in your favorite taco or chili recipe.  Then maybe move on to a stir-fry or a Bolognese and finally work your way up to bison steaks (you are so brave, I’m so proud of you).  Just remember that since bison is good deal leaner than beef it cooks quicker, so keep an eye on it.  You don’t want to be eating a tough, over-cooked steak no matter what mammal it came from.