Kate’s Campfire Chili

Last week my family and I went on hopefully the first of many camping trips over the summer. Our camping spot, was located directly from the start and finish of the Holcomb Valley Trail Run, the race that I would be attempting to run 33 miles in (more on that later).

This was my first real grown up camping trip, and by that I mean that I did not rely on my mom and dad to plan, organize, and shop for the trip.

I wanted to have an easy to prepare meal for the first night we were there and so comes in this chili, a perfect meal for a summer camping trip.

The Recipe

1 1/4 lb. ground turkey

2 hot link sausages diced

1 white onion

1 bell pepper

1 stalk celery

1 cup frozen corn

2 garlic cloves, smashed

1 tsp. chili powder

1 tsp. white pepper

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. cumin

2 tbsp. olive oil

2 cans (32oz.) crushed tomatoes

2 cans (32oz.) chili beans

1 16oz can of water

What To Do

1. Heat oil in a large pot. Add turkey, hot link, onion, bell pepper, celery, corn and sauté for 5 minutes or until soft and turkey is cooked.


2. Add everything else in the pot and turn heat to low. I continued to let the chili do it’s thing for an additional 30 minutes or so, stirring occasionally.


The finished product!
The finished product!

When the chili was cooled enough, I put it in storage bags and packed it into our camping cooler, and the flavors continued to meld.

During our drive up the mountain, the little bags of chips that we brought along opened due to the pressure change, and then Rosco laid on all of them. So we had a bunch of busted up chips that we just decided to put on top on the chili. Yum!

Happy Eating!

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