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Dutch Oven Camp Fire Chili

Dutch Oven Chili is the perfect dish for a cool night out camping. Rich and tasty with tender bits of steaks you can’t go wrong with this campfire recipe.

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Dutch Oven Chili

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Dutch Oven Chili is the perfect dish for a cool night out camping. Rich and tasty with tender bits of steaks you can't go wrong with this campfire recipe.


  • 2 pounds beef chuck roast cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 small white onion diced
  • 1 large red bell pepper diced
  • 3 ribs celery sliced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 30 ounces red kidney beans rinsed
  • 15 ounces diced tomatoes
  • 7 ounces green chilies
  • 1/2 cup finely crushed tortilla chips
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup freshly chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 cup sour cream


  1. Prepare the coals and preheat the dutch oven.
  2. Season the beef with salt and pepper. Add in the oil and sear the beef until browned. Add in the onion, red bell pepper, celery, and tomato paste and saute 5-7 minutes, until vegetables are soft.
  3. Add in chili powder, cumin, paprika, and garlic powder and let cook 60-90 seconds.
  4. Stir in beef broth, kidney beans, diced tomatoes, and green chilies. Place the lid on and let cook for 60 minutes. 8 coals under and 10 on lid, aiming for a low simmer.
  5. Remove the lid and stir in the crushed tortilla chips.  Let rest for 10 minutes, uncovered, to thicken.  Serve plain or topped with shredded cheddar cheese and/or a dollop of sour cream and freshly chopped cilantro.

How To Determine How Many Coals To Place On, And Under Your Dutch Oven:

The amount and placement of coals on and under your Dutch Oven is important. We often just use the coals from a fire which takes some practice as the heat produced from that is more difficult to measure. We recommend using charcoal briquettes for the most consistent results.

The perfect amount of briquettes is based on your Dutch Oven diameter. For example, if you are using a 10" Dutch Oven, you will need two coals per inch, or a total of 20. To figure out how many coals to place on and under you oven all you need to do is remember the number 2.

For the lid you'll want to place 2 more than the oven size on the lid and for underneath you'll want to place 2 less than the oven size. So for our 10" dutch oven we would place 12 on the lid and 8 on the bottom. For a 12" dutch oven you would place 14 on the lid and 10 on the bottom. This works out to about a 350 degree oven which is just right for most recipes.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 760Total Fat 40gSaturated Fat 16gTrans Fat 2gUnsaturated Fat 20gCholesterol 155mgSodium 901mgCarbohydrates 47gFiber 13gSugar 7gProtein 57g

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