Campfire Chili and Cornbread: A Taste of Home Under the Stars

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Hey there, food adventurers! Today, we’re diving into a rustic, hearty dish that is a campfire staple — Campfire Chili and Cornbread.

Ah, nothing says “outdoor coziness” like a steaming pot of chili, complemented by fluffy cornbread, cooked over open flames.

Its origin? Chili has its roots deep in Texan culture, while cornbread hails from Native American cuisine. Together, they form an unbeatable duo.

Trust me, folks, this recipe is the ultimate soul-warmer for those chilly nights under the stars. Ready to transform your camping experience? Let’s get cooking!

Campfire Chili and Cornbread Recipe

An irresistible combo of hearty chili and fluffy cornbread, perfect for any outdoor adventure. For the adventurers out there, a comprehensive campfire cooking kit can be the unsung hero of a successful camping trip.

Campfire Chili and Cornbread Recipe

Campfire Chili and Cornbread

Sukhen Tanchangya
A soul-warming dish that’s both easy to make and incredibly delicious.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Calories 500 kcal


  • Cast iron skillet
  • Wooden spoon
  • Mixing bowls
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Campfire-safe pot or Dutch oven


For the Chili:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 can kidney beans, drained
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Cornbread:

  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil


For the Chili:

  • Prepare the Fire: Get your campfire going, and let it burn down until you have a good layer of coals.
  • Cook Ground Beef: In a skillet over the campfire, brown the ground beef.
  • Add Veggies: Toss in the chopped onion and garlic, and cook until softened.
  • Spice It Up: Add chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper.
  • Mix It All: Pour in the kidney beans and diced tomatoes. Let it simmer for about 20-30 minutes.

For the Cornbread:

  • Mix Dry Ingredients: In a bowl, combine cornmeal, flour, sugar, and baking powder.
  • Add Wet Ingredients: Stir in milk and vegetable oil until smooth.
  • Bake: Pour batter into a greased skillet and place it on the campfire grate.
  • Check: Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.


Safety: Always keep a fire extinguisher or a bucket of water nearby for emergencies.

Want to read more? Check out our campfire recipes.

Nutrition Facts

DetailAmount Per Serving% Daily Value
Service Size1 cup
Total Fat20g30%
Vitamin A1500 IU30%

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Cooking Tips and Tricks

  • Spice it Your Way: Feel free to add hot sauce or jalapeños if you like it spicy.
  • Check Consistency: Add water to your chili if it gets too thick.
  • Lid or No Lid: Using a lid while cooking can speed up the process but will change the consistency.
  • Flipping Cornbread: For even cooking, consider flipping the cornbread halfway through.


There you have it, folks, a detailed guide on making Campfire Chili and Cornbread. This is a versatile, mouthwatering, and deeply satisfying dish perfect for camping adventures.

Whether you’re a camping pro or a newbie, this recipe is sure to elevate your outdoor culinary game. So, grab your ingredients and let’s turn up the heat under the stars! Happy cooking!

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Sukhen Tanchangya

Sukhen is a passionate blogger and has a passion for camping. He enjoys cooking, especially over a campfire. Sukhen enjoys sharing adventure insights and outdoor cooking tips.

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