Hearty Outdoor Meals

Campfire Chili Recipe


  • 1/2 pound ground meat (beef, turkey, or plant-based)
  • 1 can (about 15 oz) beans of your choice, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (about 15 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 large onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. First, you’ll need to heat a pot over your campfire or on your portable stove. Once heated, add in your ground meat. Cook until browned, stirring occasionally to ensure it cooks evenly. If you’re using plant-based meat, follow the package instructions for cooking.
  2. While your meat is cooking, dice your onion and mince your garlic. Once your meat is browned, add these to the pot and stir. Cook until the onions become translucent, typically about 5 minutes.
  3. Next, add in your beans and diced tomatoes (including the liquid from the tomatoes for added flavor), followed by your chili powder and cumin. Stir everything together until it’s well combined.
  4. Let your chili simmer for about 15 minutes, or until it’s heated through. Stir occasionally to prevent any sticking to the bottom of the pot.
  5. Finally, taste your chili and add salt and pepper as needed. Once it’s seasoned to your liking, it’s ready to serve. Enjoy your campfire chili as a comforting, hearty meal after a day of adventure.