Using buffalo meat in chili reminds us that this is the quintessential food of the American West. Leaner than beef, buffalo provides a robust flavor that stands up well to the spices and chilies in this rustic chili. It is widely available now in grocery stores, and only a bit higher in cost, In Houston it is about $4.50 lb. vs $3.99 lb for its lean and naturally raised beef equivalent. If you're like me, you look for meat from animals that are free roaming, fed veggie diets, and are NEVER treated with hormones of any kind. This recipe is for those that like their chili HOT, but you can cut the heat by using either/or for the peppers. Also to cut prep time, I used a presliced tri color pepper and onion medley intended for fajitas found in my convenience/produce case. I also had the meat already cooked and thawed from my freezer.