Something better than a campfire? Using your Dutch oven to make the perfect chili, our Dutch Oven Campfire Chili to be exact! This tomato-based chili packs the perfect punch to usher in the fall weather and football. Simply add some of your favorite toppings and you have a healthy treat that is sure to satisfy even the most discerning comfort food connoisseur.

Be sure to use as fresh of ingredients as possible and allow about 1.5 – 2 hours to adequately cook the chili.

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Dutch Oven Campfire Chili

Servings: 8
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1.5 – 2 hours


8 TBSP Chili Powder
3 TBSP Ground Cumin
2 TBSP Onion Powder
2 TBSP Sea Salt
1.5 TBSP Black Pepper
1 TBSP Cayenne Pepper (Optional)
1 TBSP Olive Oil
2 lbs Ground Turkey (We recommend either the 85%/15% version to retain moisture in the meat from the high heat.)
2 Green Bell Pepper, diced
2 Yellow Onions, diced
4 CANS Light Red Kidney Beans (Drain and rinse beans.)
4 CANS Dark Red Kidney Beans (Drain and rinse beans.)
2 CANS Diced Tomatoes
3 TBSP Tomato Paste
64 OZ Low Sodium Chicken Broth

Dutch Oven Campfire Chili Camping Recipe - Roadtrip Republic


  1. Place chili powder, ground cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, sea salt and black pepper in a small bowl. Stir to combine.
  2. Heat olive oil in Dutch oven over an open flame or your campfire. Add ground turkey and spice mixture to brown meat.
  3. Add bell pepper and yellow onions to Dutch oven and cook until peppers and onions are soft. (Approximately 4-6 minutes depending on heat of fire).
  4. Mix beans, tomatoes, tomato paste and chicken broth into the Dutch oven. Place your lid on the Dutch oven and and cook approximately 1 to 1.5 hours, stirring occasionally.

Want to know what Dutch oven we use? Check out this 14-quart, 16-inch Camp Chef Cast Iron Dutch Oven. Go big or go home, right?!

NOTE: We recommend cleaning your Dutch oven as soon as you are done cooking your chili as the tomato-base of the Dutch Oven Campfire Chili can break down the seasoning on your cast iron Dutch oven. Ensure your Dutch oven is well-seasoned with a generous swipe of oil. You don’t want the cast iron to lose it’s seasoning!