On the list of must-try easy camping recipes, along with great recipes like bacon-cheese quiche and Dutch oven lasagna, is chili. Most campsites will have a fire pit or place to set up your camping kitchen outside. Charcoal and commercial fire starters make starting a fire easy. Some commercial fire starters even burn in all types of weather conditions. Charcoal is another easy way to start a fire with or without lighter fluid. Once the fire is light and hot, putting a raised campfire grill grate over it allows you to set the Dutch oven on a raised surface. Whether you’re cooking on a hot campfire or grill, a durable metal grate will make cooking easier.

When cooking over a campfire or camping stove, you should have camping utensils, heavy oven mitts and pot holders to protect your hands from burns. The ingredients should be prepared ahead of time before you begin cooking.

Steps for Making Dutch Oven Camping Chili Recipe

Once the fire is started, you should get all the ingredients for the chili ready. Chop all the vegetables that will be used in the chili and put aside in a bowl. Start by putting oil in a Dutch oven and browning the meats that you will use.

Next, add the vegetables that you chopped and let them cook awhile Finally, add the other ingredients and spices and let them all simmer for an hour or even more as you constantly watch and stir to make sure it cooks well. Try cooking over low heat for a longer period of time to enhance the flavor.

Easy Dutch Oven Hearty Beef/Sausage Chili Recipe

  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 lb. grass fed ground beef
  • 1 lb. grass fed ground sausage
  • 1 large can of tomato sauce
  • 1 carton of organic beef broth
  • 2 green bell peppers seeded and chopped
  • 2 red bell peppers seeded and chopped
  • 1 red jalapeño pepper seeded and chopped (this can also be used for our jalapeño corn bread recipe)
  • 2 small white onions peeled and chopped
  • 1 can kidney beans drained
  • 1 can white beans drained
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • few dashes of hot sauce

How to Prepare the Chili

Add the olive oil to the Dutch oven. Let it heat up, and then add the ground beef and sausage meat and let it brown. Cut the peppers on a cutting board. Remove the seeds and discard. Chop into bite-size pieces and do the same with the jalapeño pepper. Peel and chop the two white onions into bite-size pieces, and add to the pot with the ground beef. Let this cook for a while. Stir constantly, then add the cans of tomato and broth to a Dutch oven.

When the ingredients begin to simmer, open the canned beans and drain. Rinse under running water and drain again. Add this to the chili pot or Dutch oven. Add the 2 tablespoons of chili powder, 1 teaspoon of cumin and garlic powder, and a few dashes of hot sauce to taste. Let it cook slowly for the best results. Serve with additional toppings, including cheddar cheese, sour cream, chopped scallions, chopped jalapeños or chopped onions.

If you like this, check out our other delicious recipes for Dutch oven jambalaya and Dutch oven gumbo!

Don’t forget dessert! Dutch oven cheesecake is a delicious and low-effort dessert that is perfect for ending a day of camping.

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