Pizza/ Red Meat and Pork

Whole Wheat Bison and Green Chile Pizza

Pizza gets a Colorado-inspired makeover with ground bison meat and green chilies on top of a homemade whole wheat pizza crust rolled out on cornmeal.

Happy Friday! I don’t know about you, but I could really use a slice of pizza after this week. To say it’s been a tiring week would be putting it politely. While up in Steamboat, we finally got the new pup on a regular potty training and sleeping schedule – I even got to sleep through the night once! But his first night back at home felt like the first night we got him all over again: waking up every 1-2 hours, being restless, and refusing to go to the bathroom despite us knowing he needed to. The joys of puppy parenting. I just need to keep looking at pictures of taking him for fun morning walks and playing with him in the snow to remind myself that this stage will pass.

So how to reward one’s sleep-deprived self? With a pizza topped with ground bison and green chilies! Whenever we have friends visiting, they almost always ask what foods Colorado is known for. It’s funny, before living out East for 8 years, I never thought about what foods represent Colorado. But now I know my go-to answers: bison and green chilies (apologies if you’re from New Mexico – the green chili rival runs deep).

This pizza is pretty much your standard pizza. Start with a whole wheat crust (I recommend making the dough yourself!) and roll it out in cornmeal. This is essential! No flour please. The cornmeal gives pizza crust such a wonderful texture, and with the green chilies, it just feels right. Next, spread on some marinara sauce (homemade or store bought), sprinkle on part-skim mozzarella cheese (or if you like a little heat to your food I recommend shredded pepper jack instead), and finally cover with cooked ground bison, green chilies, and chopped tomatoes. Pop in the oven for 15-20 minutes, slice and enjoy!

February has been a crazy month, as I don’t think Bry and I have had a single weekend that we weren’t either traveling or having guests visiting. And this weekend is no exception as we’re heading back up north for some snowshoeing and bringing the pup with us. Since he’s only 10 weeks old, I bought a little sling that I can put him in when he gets tired and cold. I feel a little ridiculous with a puppy in a side bag, but surprisingly Bernie absolutely loves it! Here’s to hoping he (and us) doesn’t get too cold!

So here’s a toast to Colorado-inspired pizza!

Whole Wheat Bison and Green Chile Pizza

Pizza gets a Colorado-inspired makeover with ground bison meat and green chilies on top of a homemade whole wheat pizza crust rolled out on cornmeal.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Pizza
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Bison, Pizza
Servings: 4
Author: Kelli

Ingredients

  • 1 batch whole wheat pizza dough see link in post
  • Cornmeal for rolling out dough
  • 4- oz ground bison
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 4- oz can hatch green chilies or fresh if you have them
  • 1 cup marinara sauce homemade or store bought
  • ½ – 1 cup shredded cheese I recommend mozzarella or pepper jack
  • 1 vine tomato diced

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 475F and roll out pizza dough. Place rolled out dough on a pizza stone or large baking sheet.
  • In a medium-sized skillet, cook ground bison over medium-high heat until fully browned. Add diced green chilies, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine then set aside.
  • Spread marinara sauce evenly over crust then sprinkle on the cheese. Next, spread bison and green chili mixture on top, followed by the diced tomatoes.
  • Place assembled pizza in oven for 15-20 minutes, or until crust is to your desired crispness. Remove from oven, slice into 8 pieces and enjoy!
  • Note: if you have any ranch dressing seasoning sitting around, mix some into plain Greek yogurt and use this to dip your crust into. Trust me, you’ll love it! Or if you want the true Colorado pizza experience, dip your crust in honey.

Notes

Note: if you have any ranch dressing seasoning sitting around, mix some into plain Greek yogurt and use this to dip your crust into. Trust me, you’ll love it! Or if you want the true Colorado pizza experience, dip your crust in honey.

Whole Wheat Bison and Green Chile Pizza

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Serves: 4 Cooking Time: 20 min

Ingredients

  • 1 batch whole wheat pizza dough (see link in post)
  • Cornmeal, for rolling out dough
  • 4-oz ground bison
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 4-oz can hatch green chilies (or fresh if you have them)
  • 1 cup marinara sauce (homemade or store bought)
  • ½ - 1 cup shredded cheese (I recommend mozzarella or pepper jack)
  • 1 vine tomato, diced

Instructions

1

Preheat oven to 475F and roll out pizza dough. Place rolled out dough on a pizza stone or large baking sheet.

2

In a medium-sized skillet, cook ground bison over medium-high heat until fully browned. Add diced green chilies, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine then set aside.

3

Spread marinara sauce evenly over crust then sprinkle on the cheese. Next, spread bison and green chile mixture on top, followed by the diced tomatoes.

4

Place assembled pizza in oven for 15-20 minutes, or until crust is to your desired crispness. Remove from oven, slice into 8 pieces and enjoy!

5

Note: if you have any ranch dressing seasoning sitting around, mix some into plain Greek yogurt and use this to dip your crust into. Trust me, you’ll love it! Or if you want the true Colorado pizza experience, dip your crust in honey.

Notes

Note: if you have any ranch dressing seasoning sitting around, mix some into plain Greek yogurt and use this to dip your crust into. Trust me, you’ll love it! Or if you want the true Colorado pizza experience, dip your crust in honey.

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  • Monika Dabrowski
    February 23, 2018 at 12:55 pm

    Love your pizza with a healthy twist, pinned! Recipe Redux

    • The Healthy Toast
      February 23, 2018 at 4:01 pm

      Thanks Monika 🙂 Hope you give it a try sometime!