Delicious Chili Recipe for Camping: Warm Up Those Chilly Days!

Nothing warms up cold, brisk weather like the perfect bowl of chili. This delicious chili recipe is a family favorite, and will warm you up from the inside out. Return to your new or used RV from HitchRV at the end of a gorgeous day spent hiking and exploring, and settle in comfortably with a bowl of perfectly seasoned chili. Best of all, this recipe can easily be started in the morning by opening a few cans, and left to simmer for several hours in a Crock Pot. Put dinner out of your mind the moment breakfast dishes are cleared and enjoy the day!

Tools you’ll need:

  • Skillet
  • Spatula
  • Can opener
  • Crock Pot
  • Cutting board
  • Sharp knife

Base ingredients:

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 quart tomato juice
  • 1 (29 ounce) can tomato puree
  • 1 (15 ounce) can red kidney beans, drained
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pinto beans, drained
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 stalks of celery, diced
  • ½ green bell pepper, diced


  • ¼ cup chili powder (use less for milder chili)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 ½ teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Now. First step: Take a look at all those ingredients. Take a breath. You’ve got most of this already. Much of this stuff is canned, or otherwise dry goods. Still, no one wants to clog up their pantry space in their RV for the 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper you’re going to need. Prep your seasoning ahead of time, before you even leave home! Place all dry seasonings together in a Ziploc bag, label it, and away you go.

How about those two stalks of celery? Plan to use the rest of the celery in other soups, such as a hearty chicken noodle, or keep on hand for a veggie tray with dip for grab and go snacking on a day you’re hanging around the campsite. Or, pre slice and dice all veggies, place in Ziploc bags, and store in your freezer.

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Time to prep. Brown the meat in a skillet and drain well. In the meantime, if you are chopping up the veggies as you need them, do that while the meat browns. Place all ingredients in a Crock Pot that has at least a 6 quart capacity. Cover with lid, and let the chili simmer on low heat for 4+ hours. Enjoy with crackers, shredded cheese, and sour cream.

delicious chili for camping

We know that meals while camping can provide their own set of complications, and we want to help take the frustration – and time – out of preparing meals so that you can enjoy every minute of your vacation. With quick prep, easy clean up, and simple ingredients, this delicious chili recipe can be one more staple in your new or used RV that you just can’t live without! And if you’re ready to explore RVs with different kitchen layouts, contact us today. We’d love to help you find a model perfectly suited to your needs!

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