Dutch Oven Vegetarian Chili & Cornbread

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 313kcal
Author: Fresh Off the Grid
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For the Chili

  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 4 cloves garlic minced (or 2 teaspoons garlic powder)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1-2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can black beans, drained
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can kidney beans, drained
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (4 oz) can diced green chiles
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste

For the Cornbread Topper

  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons honey


  • In a 10”/4 qt Dutch oven over medium heat, saute the onion in oil until soft and just beginning to turn golden, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and spices and saute for 1 minute. Add the beans, tomatoes, chiles, and tomato paste, stir to combine. Simmer for 10 minutes until thickened.
  • In the meantime, prepare the cornbread batter. Mix all the dry ingredients in a medium bowl and stir to combine. Add the milk, egg, and honey and mix until a batter forms.
  • Move Dutch oven over indirect heat to reduce bubbling. Pour the batter over the chili as evenly as possible, then cover the Dutch oven with a lid and shovel embers or coals onto the top. You’re going for a temperature of approx. 400-425F.
  • Bake until the cornbread has cooked through and is no longer wet in the center, about 20 minutes.
  • Serve with your favorite chili toppings & enjoy!



The dry cornbread ingredients can be measured out at home and stored in a sealable container or bag. Alternatively, you could use a boxed version like Jiffy.
The chili could be made at home ahead of time and stored in a sealable container in your cooler. In camp, transfer the chili to the Dutch oven and start at step 2. Or, you could just bring along canned chili if you don't want to make it from scratch!


Sharp knife & cutting board
Mixing bowl
Measuring cups & spoons
Whisk or spoon for mixing
Dutch oven with lid
Serving spoon, dishes, and utensils



Calories: 313kcal