Campfire Chili: A Hearty Feast Under the Stars

Cooking Chille on the camp fire

Get ready to stoke the fire and stir the pot, because we're bringing you the ultimate outdoor comfort food - Campfire Chili. This hearty, one-pot wonder is just what you need after a day of adventuring in the great outdoors.

Made with ground beef, a mix of kidney and black beans, and a medley of spices, this chili is as robust as it is satisfying. It's cooked slowly over an open fire, allowing all the flavours to meld together into a rich, warming dish that's sure to satisfy your hunger.

But the best part? It's incredibly easy to make, even when you're out in the bush. All you need is a cast-iron Camp oven or pot, a fire, and a bit of patience as the chili simmers to perfection.


  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 can of kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 can of tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional toppings: shredded cheese, sour cream, chopped green onions
Camp fire preperation for camp oven cooking


  • Cast iron Camp oven or pot
  • Spatula
  • Ladle
  • Fire extinguisher or water source nearby for safety
Cooking beef mince chilli in the camp oven


  1. Prepare Your Campfire: Find a safe and suitable location for the campfire. Clear any debris or flammable materials from the area. Gather firewood and kindling to start the fire. Arrange the firewood in a teepee or log cabin structure. Use matches or a lighter to ignite the kindling and start the fire. Allow the fire to burn until you have a bed of hot coals.

  2. Brown the Beef: Place a large cast-iron Camp oven or pot over the campfire. Add the ground beef to the pot and cook until browned, breaking it up into small pieces with a spoon or spatula.

  3. Add Onion and Garlic: Add the chopped onion and minced garlic to the pot and cook until the onion is translucent.

  4. Add the Rest: Drain any excess grease from the pot if necessary. Add the kidney beans, black beans, diced tomatoes, and tomato sauce to the pot. Stir in the chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper. Mix everything together well.

  5. Let It Simmer: Place the lid on the pot and let the chili simmer over the campfire for about 30-45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Adjust the heat of the fire if necessary to maintain a steady simmer. Taste the chili and adjust the seasoning if needed.

  6. Serve 'Em Up: Once the chili is cooked to your desired consistency and flavor, remove the pot from the campfire. Let the chili cool slightly before serving. Ladle the chili into bowls and top with shredded cheese, sour cream, and chopped green onions if desired. Serve the campfire chili with cornbread or crusty bread on the side.

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And there you have it, folks - a hearty Campfire Chili that'll warm you up from the inside out. Remember, the best meals are the ones shared with mates in the great outdoors. Happy camping.

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