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!

 4 Servings

Active Time: 20 min
Total Time: 1 hr


  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, diced (with seeds = spicy)
  • 1/2 cup onion, minced
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb ground beef (I used 85/15)
  • 1 15 oz can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp chipotle chili pepper*
  • 1 tbsp ancho chili pepper*
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tbsp ground cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 package cornbread mix (plus ingredients to make cornbread)
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • campfire chili and cornbread


  1. Chop bacon and cook in dutch oven until some fat is rendered.
  2. Add diced green pepper, jalapeño pepper, and onion.
  3. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until bacon is nearly cooked and crispy and peppers are softened.
  4. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add ground beef; crumble and cook until almost all pink is gone.
  5. Meanwhile, make cornbread mix according to package directions; stir in cheddar cheese.
  6. 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.
  7. Top with a cornbread mix, cover, and cook according to cornbread package directions, approximately 20-30 minutes.


  • Serve in bowls and top with desired toppings - avocado, guacamole, sour cream, extra cheese, etc.

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