Dutch Oven Campfire Chili


  • 1 pound ground beef or ground turkey
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1 can (15 oz) kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (15 oz) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (14 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce
  • 1 cup beef or vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional toppings: shredded cheese, sour cream, chopped green onions, chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Set up your campfire and place a grill grate or fireproof surface over it. You’ll need a space with controlled heat for cooking with the Dutch oven.
  2. Place your Dutch oven over the campfire grate or fireproof surface. Let it heat up for a few minutes.
  3. Add the ground beef or turkey to the Dutch oven and cook until browned, breaking it up with a spoon as it cooks.
  4. Add the chopped onion, minced garlic, and diced bell pepper to the Dutch oven. Sauté until the vegetables are softened.
  5. Add the chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper to the Dutch oven. Stir to coat the meat and vegetables with the spices.
  6. Pour in the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, and beef or vegetable broth. Stir to combine everything.
  7. Add the drained and rinsed kidney beans and black beans to the Dutch oven. Stir to incorporate.
  8. Place the lid on the Dutch oven and let the chili simmer over the campfire for about 30-45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Adjust the heat as needed to maintain a steady simmer.
  9. Taste the chili and adjust the seasoning if necessary.
  10. Once the chili has cooked and the flavors have melded, it’s ready to be served. Ladle the chili into bowls and top with your choice of optional toppings, such as shredded cheese, sour cream, chopped green onions, or chopped fresh cilantro.
  11. Enjoy your campfire chili with some cornbread or tortilla chips on the side!

Remember to exercise caution when cooking over an open flame and to follow proper safety guidelines for campfire cooking.

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