Spicy Steak Chili Dutch Oven Camping Recipe

Not all Dutch oven camping recipes are made for meat lovers! Got carnivores always asking, “Where’s the meat?” Forget the hamburger, this Spicy Steak Chili Dutch Oven Camping Recipe calls for steak!

And, it is not for the faint of heart when it comes to the spice level … it has two types of chili powder and peppers. Plus, adding a few jalapeno peppers for serving and you might call this a 5 alarm chili … that’s why I serve it with a few lime wedges and top it with a dollop of sour cream.

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How To Make Spicy Steak Chili In A Dutch Oven

Step 1. Start your campfire and set up the Dutch oven for cooking. You can use charcoal briquettes as a heat source or use a grill grate or a hanging tripod for cooking in your Dutch oven directly over a campfire.

If you are cooking in fire restriction conditions, use a propane camp stove as the heat source. 

I like using camping fire starters to take the work out of getting my fire going.

Step 2. Fry the bacon. You will heat a 12-inch camp Dutch oven then add the bacon and fry it until cooked through.

Step 3. Add the aromatics and meat. Now you will add the onions, garlic, and steak, stirring occasionally until browned.

Step 4. Add the stock and spices. Once the steak is browned, you’ll add the beef stock, black beans, tomatoes, chipotle chili powder, regular chili powder, cocoa powder, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, cumin, sugar, salt and black pepper.

Don’t freak out! I know this seems like a truckload of ingredients but it is just a list of spices that can all be pre-measured and pre-mixed at home so you just dump them into your Dutch oven at the campsite.

Step 5. Simmer and wait. Now you can just sit back and relax as this spicy steak chili simmers covered over the low heat of a campfire. Just stir it occasionally for the next hour or so.

Step 6. Garnish and serve. Remove the chili from the fire and garnish with the toppings of your choice including green onions, sour cream, cheddar cheese, lime wedges and jalapeno peppers.

Pairings For Steak Chili

Want to make the classic combination of cornbread and chili? Try our totally yummy Campfire Dutch Oven Jalapeño Cornbread Camping Recipe!

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Spicy Steak Chili Dutch Oven Camping Recipe

Camping For Foodies Dinner Camping Recipes: Spicy Steak Chili Dutch Oven Camping Recipe
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Course: Dinner Camping Recipes
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 796kcal
Author: Kim Hanna


  • 4 slices thick bacon cubed
  • 2 large onions diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 1/2 pound boneless chuck steak cubed in 1/2” pieces
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 15 oz. can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 15 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle chili powder*
  • 1 teaspoon regular chili powder*
  • 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder*
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon*
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper*
  • 1 teaspoons ground cumin*
  • 1 teaspoon sugar*
  • 1 teaspoon salt*
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper*
  • Green onions sliced (optional)
  • Sour cream optional
  • Cheddar cheese shredded (optional)
  • Lime wedges optional
  • Jalapeno peppers sliced (optional)


  • Ingredients marked with * can be measured and mixed at home so you are only taking one small container to the campsite.
  • Heat 12-inch Camp Dutch Oven. 
  • Fry the bacon.
  • Add the onions, garlic and steak stirring occasionally till browned.
  • Then stir in the beef stock, black beans, diced tomatoes, chipotle chili powder, regular chili powder, cocoa powder, ground cinnamon, cayenne pepper, ground cumin, sugar, salt and black pepper.
  • Cover and simmer for 1 hour.
  • Remove lid and continue cooking until the chili thickens to your liking.
  • Remove your Dutch oven from the heat and top with optional toppings green onions, sour cream, cheddar cheese, lime wedges and jalapeno peppers.


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Serving: 1g | Calories: 796kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 69g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 21g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 183mg | Sodium: 2246mg | Fiber: 15g | Sugar: 9g

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