Mexican Bison Bake with Cilantro-Lime Cream Recipe -
Mexican Bison Bake with Cilantro-Lime Cream Recipe
  • READY IN 55 mins

Mexican Bison Bake with Cilantro-Lime Cream

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"Browned ground bison with tomatoes and penne pasta gets a Mexican-inspired twist with cumin, oregano, and black beans in this easy weeknight casserole."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    35 mins

    55 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Cover and keep warm.
  2. Meanwhile, cook ground bison and garlic over medium heat in a large skillet until meat is brown. Drain off fat.
  3. Stir cooked pasta into the cooked, drained ground bison in the skillet. Stir in beans, undrained tomatoes, salsa, oregano, cumin, and chili powder.
  4. Transfer mixture to an ungreased 2-quart baking dish or casserole. Bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle with tortilla chips (if using) and cheese. Bake, uncovered, for 5 more minutes or until cheese is melted. Sprinkle with the 1 tablespoon green onion and serve with Cilantro-Lime Cream.
  5. Cilantro-Lime Cream: Combine sour cream, the 3 tablespoons green onions, the cilantro, and lime zest in a small bowl. Cover and chill until ready to serve.
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  • Note: Recipe developed and tested by the Better Homes and Gardens® Test Kitchen using High Plains Bison products.

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Sep 29, 2013

I made half a recipe of this which served us not only dinner but several lunches for me as well. While it was tasty, it was mostly the result of my having added more spices to the pasta part. The cream sauce was excellent! I made mine using rice. You can use any pasta or rice with this that you happen to have on hand. I would make this recipe again, changing up the spices again. Thanks!

Sep 24, 2013

This recipe is very good. I jazzed up the cream sauce (which I made with parsley instead of cilantro for personal preference) with a bit of lime juice and some cumin, but I think everything was pretty fantastic. I made the casserole more mild to share with the kids, but I think it would be even better kicked up to full spice. A very easy, very satisfying meal.


9 Ratings

Sep 07, 2013

This recipe was really different, compared to any casserole I have made. It was almost like pasta and tacos mixed together. My favorite part of the recipe was actually the bison. I will definitely buy ground bison again. It cooks up quickly and has very little grease compared to other similar ground meats I have tried cooking. As far as the recipe, I followed it as is except I used low-sodium canned products, reduced fat dairy, and whole grain pasta I had leftover from another dish. I found the recipe requires 3 cups cooked (2 oz of dry pasta, equals 1 cup cooked). On the bake time I also had to reduce it by almost 10 minutes, so it did not dry out. Lastly, I blended the sauce after trying it. It looked and tasted too much like just sour cream with some green onions and cilantro mixed in. I added the sauce ingredients to the blender along with juice from half the lime I had grated and a pinch of garlic salt. It turned out very well that way. ty

Jan 23, 2015

Great tasty and easy recipe! I used spaghetti squash instead of penne pasta and greek yogurt instead of sour cream to make it healthier. The spaghetti squash added some time to the recipe, but it still was so easy! Just put the spaghetti squash in the microwave for a couple minutes, cut it in half and baked the halves for 30 min until I could use a fork to pull the spaghetti squash apart like pasta. Everyone loved it!

Nov 02, 2014

I used extra lean ground beef and it came out great!

Sep 19, 2014

It needs smaller pasta. Macaroni. Quinoa?

Sep 14, 2013

This was my first time eating Bison. I served this to my guests tonight and everyone liked it. We all agreed that the dish was better with regular sour cream instead of the Cilantro-Lime Cream though. I made this according to the directions except that I doubled the spices and added Salt and pepper at the end. Next time, I will mix cheese into the mixture as well as on the top. Although it wasn't dry, I would have liked a little bit more moisture. Perhaps I would have sautéd some chopped onion, in a little EVOO and add that into the mixture. But that is just personal preference. All in all, I think this was a nice meal and the bison was very good. It's a little time consuming to make which would make me want to make this more on the weekends or an occasional weeknight when there's time. Although I think that it could be easily prepped in advance. This is worth making. Try the Bison as it had a nice flavor and texture. I liked the dark, cooked meat,it has a nicer color than ground beef has. I served this with a green salad, corn on the cobb, cornbread, and a mixed fruit salad The leftovers would make a nice lunch on the following day. I will make this again.

Sep 07, 2013

this was really good, really simple and delicious. I put the cream off to the side just in case I didn't like it. It was surprisingly really good. Only thing I might have changed was the amount of beans. I would have only used a half of a can but I'm also not a bean person. Other than it was delicious!


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  • Calories
  • 375 kcal
  • 19%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 41.5 g
  • 13%
  • Cholesterol
  • 60 mg
  • 20%
  • Fat
  • 11.2 g
  • 17%
  • Fiber
  • 7.8 g
  • 31%
  • Protein
  • 26.4 g
  • 53%
  • Sodium
  • 687 mg
  • 27%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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