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Chili and a Camp Fire….

June 5, 2018

Chili and a Camp Fire

As we all know, fall is here and winter is quickly approaching. What a better way to spend a cold evening than by a campfire with a great bowl of chili. Please enjoy this recipe for chili. Please feel free to share your great chili recipes with us also. We love to hear from campers and their great ideas.

You can even cook the ground beef ahead of time and have it in your cooler. This recipe even freezes well and can be completely made ahead of time. When it is time to prepare, just take it out of the cooler to thaw. Heat using camp stove, tripod or grate over campfire.


2 lbs lean ground beef
1/8 cup of cooking oil or shortening to cover bottom of cooking pot
1 onion diced
1 red pepper diced
1 large jalapeno pepper diced
1/2 a bulb of garlic gloves minced
1 can diced tomatoes
1 15 oz. can tomato sauce
1 can black beans, drained, and rinse if you like
1 beef bouillon cube
1 cup water
1 package “Chili Seasoning”
1/8 cup of chives
1 tsp salt or to taste
1/2 tsp ground pepper

Place beef bouillon cube in 1 cup of water to dissolve and set aside. Sautée diced onion, red pepper and jalapeno pepper in pot over campfire until onions are tender. Add the minced garlic just before adding the hamburger to the pot. Stir and brown the hamburger. Add salt and pepper to the ground beef. Add the can of diced tomatoes, can of tomato sauce, and can of black beans. Add chili seasoning packet, chives, and the 1 cup of beef broth stirring contents thoroughly. Stir and bring to a boil. Move to cooler area of grate to reduce heat, simmer until peppers are tender about 20 to 30 minutes.

You can add additional beans such as red, chili or kidney beans. I have added celery to the sautée, and poured in salsa or added a small can of corn. You can make your own chili seasoning using chili powder and cumin to taste. If too thick add a splash of beer.

Ladle into bowls and serve with cornbread, crusty bread or crackers. Dress up with sour cream, shredded cheese or diced raw onions. This chili can be served over cooked spaghetti noodles if bulking up on carbs.