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Pow Wow Tacos

Chef/Owner Christa Bruneau-Guenther
Feast Café Bistro

Bison chili sits atop fry bread in this colourful “Tipi” taco.



1-2 lbs lean ground bison
2 Tbsp cooking oil
1 large onion, diced
2 stalks celery, sliced
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 green pepper, chopped
3-4 Tbsp chilli powder
1 tsp cumin
28 oz can of diced tomatoes
13 oz can tomato sauce
5.5 oz can tomato paste
1/2 cup water
19 oz can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
19 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
13 oz can maple beans
2 Tbsp brown sugar
1 cup frozen corn
salt & pepper, to taste


bannock dough (see recipe below)
shredded lettuce
red onions
shredded Bothwell cheddar
salsa or chopped tomatoes
sour cream


1. In a large pot, heat cooking oil on medium high. Add onions and celery, sautéing for 3 minutes. Add bison and sauté 8-10 minutes, stirring often until meat is cooked. Add garlic, peppers, chilli powder and cumin. Sauté for 3 more minutes while stirring.

2. Stir in tomatoes, tomato sauce, water, beans, corn and brown sugar. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and cover for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3. Season with salt and pepper as needed.

4. For taco base, piece bannock dough into 8-10 equal parts. On lightly floured surface, roll out each piece to 1/4 inch thick and poke a small hole in centre of each piece (this helps when frying).

5. In a wide saucepan, pour in 1″ of oil and heat to medium high.

6. Place dough into oil one piece at a time and fry, turning once, for 2-3 minutes on each side. Remove from oil and set onto paper towels to absorb any excess oil.

7. Top fry bread with chili and add taco toppings.

Yield 8-10 servings


Bannock Dough

Use for taco fry bread and pizza crust.


3 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 1/4 cup warm water


1. In large bowl or on clean surface, combine flour, baking powder and salt.

2. Make a well in the middle of flour and pour in warm water.

3. Using a fork, spoon or hands, work the flour into the water. Gently knead dough into a ball. Do not over knead.

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