Dutch Oven Chili Mac: Easy One-Pot Meal Perfect For The Campsite

You’ve gotta love Dutch oven camping recipes that please finicky kids and fussy adults at the same time. A bowl of this Dutch Oven Chili Mac is a filling meal that takes very little time to prep. The beef, beans, tomatoes and cheese are a great combination that offers a homemade classic comfort food treat.

Camping Chili Mac by CampingForFoodies features a black cast iron pot set on a campfire cooking grate, filled with a one pot Dutch oven chili mac recipe with ground meat, red and brown beans, tomatoes and macaroni. A single serving is set aside in a blue camping bowl with yellow shredded cheddar cheese on top.
Camping Chili Mac by CampingForFoodies

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Prep To Make This Recipe

My easy camping meals use simple ingredients that require very little prep. For this recipe you’ll chop a bit of onion and garlic. Then, get out your can opener to “prep” the canned beans, broth, tomatoes and chile peppers.


Methods Of Cooking Camping Chili Mac

  • You can make this as one of our easy campfire recipes by using a tripod or campfire grill grate. Just get your fire going for cooking with bottom heat. Alternatively, you can use charcoal briquettes.
  • If you’d like to make this as one of our camp stove recipes, you’ll need enough propane for about 40 minutes of cooking time. Prepare your stove to cook on a level surface.

Steps To Make This One Pot Meal

I like preparing this entire recipe at the campsite but it is also a great option if you are looking for make ahead camping meals. You can easily make this recipe at home and refrigerate it for a couple of days, then just reheat it at the campsite. With minimal prep and relatively fast cooking time, this is one of my camping dinner recipes I typically make completely onsite following these simple steps.

Step 1. Prepare your ingredients as directed.

Step 2. Prepare your heat source and cooking equipment.

Step 3. Heat the oven, oil and aromatics. You’ll start by heating the oven using medium heat, then you’ll add the oil. After it heats up a bit, you’ll add the onion and garlic. Cook them till they are tender.

  • Camp Cooking Tip: I like using a standard-depth 12-inch Dutch oven for this recipe. Because it can be straightforwardly scaled, this recipe is one of my favorite easy camping meals for large groups. Depending on how many servings you need to make, adjust the size of your Dutch oven accordingly.

Step 4. Brown the meat. You’re going to add the hamburger, salt and pepper to the pot. Use a spoon to break it up as it browns. You want to end up with bite-sized crumbles rather than huge chunks of meat.

Step 5. Add remaining ingredients. Now it’s time to add the broth, macaroni, beans, tomatoes and green chile peppers.

  • Camp Cooking Tip: You don’t need to pre-boil pasta if you have enough liquid in the recipe to cook it. Using undrained canned beans and tomatoes provides the liquid you need to cook the pasta while adding a ton of flavor at the same time.

Step 6. Cover, simmer and serve. You’re going to bring the mixture to a boil so the pasta can cook to your desired tenderness. Top with cheese.

  • Camp Cooking Tip: Occasionally lift the lid to stir the pasta. You don’t want your camping chili mac to stick to the bottom of the Dutch oven. If the pasta is not getting done before the liquid starts to reduce too much, just add a little more liquid (water is fine) to continue the cooking process until the pasta is done.

What To Serve With This Dinner

This recipe is filled with protein and carbs to provide the energy you need for your camping activities. You really don’t need to serve anything with it. Some people like a little garlic bread on the side. Another good compliment is a simple garden salad.


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Camping Chili Mac by CampingForFoodies features a black cast iron pot set on a campfire cooking grate, filled with a one pot Dutch oven chili mac recipe with ground meat, red and brown beans, tomatoes and macaroni. A single serving is set aside in a blue camping bowl with yellow shredded cheddar cheese on top.

Dutch Oven Chili Mac Camping Recipe

Camping For Foodies Dinner Camping Recipes: With quick prep, this hearty one pot dinner will be on your table in just 45 minutes.
4.91 from 11 votes
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Course: Dinner Camping Recipes
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 428kcal
Author: Kim Hanna

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 (14 oz) can beef broth
  • 1 (16 oz) package elbow macaroni
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can kidney beans, undrained
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can pinto beans, undrained
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can fire roasted diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 (4 oz) can diced green chile peppers
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

  • In a 12-inch Dutch oven, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic, stirring until tender, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the ground beef, salt and pepper using a spoon to break up the meat into crumbles. Continue cooking until the meat is browned, stirring often, about 15 minutes.
  • Stir in the broth, macaroni, beans, tomatoes and green chile peppers. Bring the mixture to a boil and continue stirring so the pasta does not stick to the bottom of the pot, about 10 minutes.
  • Cover with the lid and cook until the macaroni is cooked to your desired tenderness, stirring occasionally so your camping chili mac does not stick to the bottom of the Dutch oven, about 8 – 10 minutes. Camp Cooking Tip: If the liquid is reducing too fast, and the pasta needs to cook longer, just add a little more liquid (water is fine) to continue the cooking process until the pasta is as tender as you like.
  • Serve hot topped with cheddar cheese.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 428kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 86mg | Sodium: 681mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 3g

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