CAMPFIRE CHILI AND CORNBREAD

Gosh, I love camping. It’s so relaxing and peaceful.

campfire chili campsite

Unless, of course, you’re in a busy campground overrun by children with loads of fun things for them to do. Then, that’s a little NOT relaxing. Not saying that there’s anything wrong with that – been there, done that with the Things, THAT’S for sure – but we’re past that stage until grandthings are ready to go camping. Almost there but right now, we’re totally into peace and quiet and serenity and nature.

And all that fresh air and nature makes us hungry.

What exactly is it about being outside all day that makes a person so hungry? I mean, I get it if we’ve hiked 10 miles but when we’re just hanging out, enjoying the sights and sounds of nature, the last thing I would expect to hear is a growling bear coming from inside my tummy. Just saying.

Not that I complain at all. Because growling tummies means we cook! (And growling is much better from a tummy than it is a REAL bear.)

campfire chili and cornbread

And cook we do!  We grill tons, wrap food in foil and throw it into the fire, and we make s’mores. Duh. Because…s’mores. :)

But, the pièce de résistance is usually this chili!

campfire chili and cornbread

Okay, okay. Fine. I know what you’re thinking. I do. Oh wait, that’s creepy? Sorry. I’ll stop.

Anyway, I know what you’re thinking! What the heck is on TOP of that chili?! It’s cornbread. Trust me on this one. You learn to improvise when you’ve only got one pot and you don’t want to spend all day doing dishes.

I’m not going to lie – this chili has some heat. And I don’t mean from the coals. If spicy isn’t your thing, leave the jalapeño out and go easy on the chili powder.

And yes, you could totally make this at home. No outdoors needed. Just cook the chili on the stove and once you add the cornbread mix, cover and bake in the oven.

Need gluten free? Use it! Works just fine in this recipe!

If you can’t do dairy at all, please leave the cheddar cheese out. There’s enough flavor in the meat that you won’t miss the cheese at all!

campfire chili and cornbread

Oh, and PS. It’s football season. Not much goes better with the big game than a big pot of chili that only requires a single bowl for serving and eating! :)

So, grab your Dutch oven and your family and make some memories!

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(This recipe was originally posted by me as A Hungry Runner on September 1, 2015)
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CAMPFIRE CHILI AND CORNBREAD
A delicious one pot meal - perfect for both indoor and outdoor eating and cooking. Gather the family around the fire or the dinner table and make some memories with this meal!
campfire chili and cornbread
Course Main Dish
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings
people
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings
people
Ingredients
campfire chili and cornbread
Instructions
  1. Chop bacon and cook in dutch oven until some fat is rendered. Add diced green pepper, jalapeño pepper, and onion; cook for 3-4 minutes or until bacon is nearly cooked and crispy and peppers are softened. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add ground beef; crumble and cook until almost all pink is gone.
  2. Meanwhile, make cornbread mix according to package directions; stir in cheddar cheese.
  3. Add seasonings; stir to blend with beef and peppers. Cook until beef is cooked through. Add tomatoes and cook for 2 minutes, or until tomatoes are heated through.
  4. Top with cornbread mix, cover, and cook according to cornbread package directions, approximately 20-30 minutes.
  5. Serve in bowls and top with desired toppings - avocado, guacamole, sour cream, extra cheese, etc.
Recipe Notes

*Use 2 tablespoons chili powder if you don't have chipotle and ancho chili pepper

If you're cooking this outside, we used a 10" pan and all we needed was 4-5 coals underneath and 10-12 on top. During the cooking of the bacon and the beef, there were more underneath but, once we got to the cornbread, the coals on the top outnumbered the coals underneath. It really depends on how slow you want to cook your food. If you've never cooked outside in a Dutch oven, a quick Google search of Dutch oven cooking tips, etc will afford you loads of references and ideas. 🙂

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