Cheats Campfire Chilli

May 10, 2014

Picture a nice hot chilli bubbling over the campfire.  Now what if I told you that it only takes a minute of preparation (if that) at the campsite?

Cheats campfire chilli

So the clue to this is in the title: CHEATS campfire chilli.

This something that we’ve done a few times, especially when staying at a campsite for a few nights.

The chilli cooks in our Dutch Oven (see our guide to Dutch Oven cooking for more info). This can either cook with the lid on, with the pot down in the fire embers or over charcoal, or it can hang from our tripod over the campfire (see here fore more details on our tripod).

The chilli also works really well at helping our coolbox stay cooler for a few days (see our cool boxes here).

Yep, I’ve bet you’ve guessed it.

The chilli is cooked at home, frozen, and then brought to camp.  Well I did say it’s “Cheats” campfire chilli.

Why Cheat?

We like cooking at camp, but sometimes there’s just too much to see and do.

This solution not only saves time at camp, it also provides an extra large ice block for the coolbox. This is why it’s something we often do when staying for more than one night at a campsite.

By the second night the chilli has just started to thaw – though we’ve found with our big Coleman Xtreme coolbox the chilli is still frozen, but getting a bit damp around the edges.

We’ve also found that chilli freezes and re-heats really well.

Heating the Cheats Campfire Chilli

So as mentioned, we use the Dutch Oven.

If you re-heat your chilli in something like the Dutch Oven, put the frozen/semi-frozen chilli in the pot when the pot is still cold. Don’t put cold things into a hot cast-iron pot as you could cause the iron to split, shatter, or even explode.

It’s not no-cooking

So you could sit back in your chair, open a beer/cider/wine/whatever-you-fancy, and just serve with nachos, tacos, or tortilla wraps for a night off…..but where’s the fun in that?

Campfire cooked baked potatoes, with Phili cheese and garlic spread
For a bit if simple cooking, try campfire baked potatoes. These go really well with the chilli.

If the kids are restless, why not get them to cook some bread twists over the fire. These are really easy to do. See details here.

How about no washing up too?

Tacos in a bag
If you really must take it easy, then how about this for a suggestion: tacos in a bag….No Washing Up! 😀


So there you have it.

You can sit back and enjoy a campfire meal, the kids can have fun, and you have little to do.

Sounds good to me 😉



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Gav Grayston Contributor

Father to 3 kids, who loves getting out and about (hiking, running, camping, cycling, canoeing...) Co-founded Get Out With The Kids to help other parents enjoy the outdoors with their family.

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  1. Great idea!

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