This Camping Recipe for Chili Will Warm You Up!

Is there anything better than roasting hot dogs over a campfire with a hot bowl of delicious chili? This recipe for the world’s best chili is perfect for brisk autumn nights. It’s a great recipe for camping and you can make it even easier by doing just a bit of preassembly beforehand. Tips for preassembly and a slow cooker method are found below the recipe. Let’s get started with this fantastic camping recipe for delicious chili.

Chili Recipe

Camp Chili


  • 3 Tbs chilipowder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • Dash of cayenne pepper

Want a bit of extra heat? Increase your chili powder, cumin, and cayenne peppers to kick it up a notch!

Remaining ingredients:

  • 2 pounds fresh ground beef
  • 1 quart tomato juice
  • 1 (29-ounce) can tomato purée
  • 1 (15-ounce) can red kidney beans, drained
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pinto beans, drained
  • 1 medium-large onion, chopped
  • 3 stalks celery, diced
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, diced

In a 6 quart pot, brown the ground beef with onion, celery, and green bell pepper until beef is fully brown and vegetables are tender and/or translucent. Drain off the fat. Place remaining ingredients (tomato juice, puree, and beans) along with the seasoning and stir well. Simmer on low heat for 2 hours, stirring every once in awhile to prevent sticking. Enjoy with sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, crackers, or corn chips.


Combine seasoning mix ahead of time in a zipper storage bag so you don’t fill up your new or used RV’s kitchen pantry with extra spices you’ll only need a little bit of!

Also, consider pre-browning your meat with the vegetables ahead of time, too. Drain the fat, and place in a food storage bag in the freezer. Combine with remaining ingredients and seasonings the day you plan to cook it. Heat to warm through.
Slow cooker method: Brown meat with vegetables in a large skillet, then combine all ingredients in a slow cooker. Heat on low for 3-4 hours.
Whether you make this inside your new or used RV, or on your RV’s outdoor kitchen, this will be a campfire favorite for years to come. Contact us today if we can help you shop for a new or used RV that’s perfect for your family.

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