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Grilled Bison Tacos Recipe

Bursting with protein and full of flavor, this Grilled Bison Tacos Recipe is the perfect dish to serve up on Taco Tuesday or any day of the week.

Grilled Bison Tacos Recipe
To make these gorgeous bison tacos, you’ll need to marinate the meat in sweet teriyaki sauce for 6 to 12 hours. Once the bison has marinated, grill it and cube it, then place some in freshly toasted tortillas with homemade avocado pico de gallo. (Field 2 Grill photo)

Cooking this Bison Tacos Recipe is fairly simple. It takes longer to gather your ingredients than it does to grill the meat.

Until about 2005 it was still illegal to hunt bison, but due to shared conservation efforts, many states allow them to be harvested for your freezer. Bison meat compared to your run of the mill beef is lower in fat and calories but bursting in protein!

Serves: 3 (about 1/4 pound per person or 3 tacos)
Prep time: 15 minutes + marinade time
Cook time: 10 minutes (cook to temp: 140 degrees)


  • 1 ½ pounds of bison flap meat
  • Any rub/seasonings that suits your tastes
  • Teriyaki marinade*
  • 3 jalapeño peppers
  • 1 white onion
  • 5 tomatoes
  • 2 avocados
  • ½ bushel cilantro
  • 1 banana pepper
  • 1 package tortillas
  • 3 lemons/limes
  • Garlic salt

*Use teriyaki marinade or any other sweet marinade to complement the heat from the jalapeños. You’ll need enough marinade to completely cover the bison meat.


  1. Gather all your ingredients and pull the bison flap meat from the fridge.

    Bison flap meat
    Bison flap meat (Field 2 Grill photo)
  2. Pat the cut of meat dry with paper towels and tenderize it. Using a tenderizer will allow the marinade to penetrate the meat more. You will be cubing the flap meat up after cooking it, and since it is thinner it will only take minutes to cook.

    Tenderized bison flap meat
    Tenderized bison flap meat (Field 2 Grill photo)
  3. Add the tenderized meat to the marinade, cover, and put in the refrigerator for 6 to 24 hours. The longer the meat is in the fridge, the more it will soak up the sweet teriyaki sauce.

    Bison marinating in teriyaki sauce
    Bison marinating in teriyaki sauce. (Field 2 Grill photo)
  4. (Fast forward 6 to 24 hours.) Pull the marinated meat from the fridge and let it sit. Go outside and start your coals so they can get nice and hot.

    coals in chimney starter
    Use a chimney starter to quickly heat up the coals for grilling. (Field 2 Grill photo)
  5. While the coals are heating up, cut up your veggies. Take all the veggies (jalapeños, onion, tomatoes, avocados, cilantro, banana pepper) and dice them. In the end, they are all going to be mixed together, so don’t worry about keeping them separate. Essentially you are going to make pico de gallo. About halfway through the dicing process go back outside and spread out your coals – they should be good and hot! Pile the coals so that one side is direct heat and the other side is indirect.

    Fresh vegetables
    Fresh vegetables for avocado pico de gallo. (Field 2 Grill photo)
  6. While your coals are heating up the grilling area, finish dicing your veggies and add them to a mixing bowl. Mix well and add garlic salt to taste. Juice 2 of your lemons/limes for the pico de gallo and add to the mix. Once finished, cover the avocado pico de gallo and let it sit in the fridge.
  7. Now it is time to grill your bison meat! The grill should be nice and hot now. Put the flap meat on the direct heat side of the grill. Grill it for 2 minutes and flip. Let that grill for 2 minutes and then move to the indirect heat side.

    Marinated bison meat on the grill.
    Marinated bison meat on the grill. (Field 2 Grill photo)
  8. Grab your tortillas for your tacos and put them on the direct fireside of the grill. This will add a quick crispy toast to the tortillas.
  9. When you are done with your tortillas, the meat should be ready. Pull it, tent it, and let sit for 7 minutes.

    Grilled bison flap meat ready to slice
    Grilled bison flap meat ready to slice. (Field 2 Grill photo)
  10. Once the grilled bison meat has sat for 7 minutes, cube it up and put it in a bowl alongside the pico de gallo, lemons/limes, and tortillas.

    Cubed bison meat for tacos
    Cubed bison meat for tacos. (Field 2 Grill photo)

    Bobby Bo with bison
    The bison used to make these tacos was taken out in the Northern Washington territory, by Field 2 Grill’s co-host and full-time Army Bobby Bo. (Field 2 Grill photo)

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