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  • Published on Jan 12, 2016
    Top Chili Recipes for Camping

    There are many stories and myths about the origination of Chili. But, many historians and food enthusiasts agree that the first versions of chili were concocted by the poor.  J. C. Clopper, the first American known to have remarked about San Antonio's chili carne, wrote in 1926:

    "When they have to pay for their meat in the market, a very little is made to suffice for a family; this is generally into a kind of hash with nearly as many peppers as there are pieces of meat - this is all stewed together."

    Today, there are many different versions and recipes, even cook-offs to prove who has the best chili recipe around.  It is such an easy and versatile recipe that it’s no wonder that it’s one of the most popular camping recipes.  Here are the top Chili recipes we found for camping and RVing.

    Campfire Chili by


    • 2 lbs ground beef
    • 1 large onion, minced
    • 1 sm green pepper, chopped
    • 3 cans stewed tomatoes
    • 1 can kidney beans
    • 1 can black beans
    • 1 can chili beans
    • 1 tsp cumin
    • 1 tsp garlic powder
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1 tsp pepper
    • 1Tbsp chili powder
    • 2-3 cans tomato soup



    1. Fry the meat, pepper and onion in a dutch oven. Drain the fat
    2. Add the remaining ingredients and stir until mixed well
    3. Cook over the campfire for 15-20 minutes or until warm



    Camping CHILI from KOA


    • 1  can corn
    • 1  can red beans
    • 1  can hot chili beans
    • 1  can medium black olives
    • 1  box Hamburger Helper Lasagna
    • 1 1/2  pound(s)  hamburger
    • diced onion
    • grated cheese


    1. Fry hamburger and drain.
    2. Open all cans but DO NOT drain liquid. Pour liquid into measuring cup and measure amount of liquid, adding more water to get the right amount of liquid called for to make the Hamburger Helper.
    3. Then add the spice packet and lasagna noodles. Cook for 10 minutes covered on slow boil.
    4. Slice the black olives in half and add those to the pot. Add corn and red beans. Cook covered for another 5-7 minutes. Make sure noodles are covered with liquid.
    5. Add the can of hot chili beans and stir into mixture. Cook on low until noodles are done.
    6. Serve plain, or with shredded cheese and diced onions.

    Submitted By

    Terri Galietta


    Classic Campfire Chili


    • 1 lb ground beef, turkey, or venison
    • 2 cans stewed tomatoes
    • 1 can kidney beans
    • 1 can pinto beans
    • 1 lg onion
    • Chopped jalapenos
    • 1 packet chili powder or chili spice mix
    • 1-2 cans water



    1. Brown the meat in the dutch oven. Drain the fat
    2. Add the remaining ingredients
    3. Simmer over campfire until warm
    4. Serve with crackers or top with cheese (optional)

    Do you have an amazing recipe for chili? Share it with us! 


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