Papa Funk's Campfire Chili


Great recipe. It makes a lot but my family likes it so much there is never any left over. It's great on a cold night. It is my brother's recipe; he ran his own campground for awhile.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
8 hrs 25 mins
12 servings


  • 3 pounds lean ground beef (80% lean)

  • 1 pound bulk sweet sausage

  • 2 (29 ounce) cans tomato sauce (such as Hunt's®)

  • 1 (40 ounce) can dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed

  • 4 Roma (plum) tomatoes, chopped

  • 4 stalks celery, chopped

  • 2 green bell peppers, chopped

  • 1 (15.5 ounce) can light red kidney beans, drained and mashed

  • 1 (15.5 ounce) can white kidney beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle lager-style beer (such as Yuengling®)

  • 1 sweet onion (such as Vidalia®), chopped

  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped

  • 2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste (such as Hunt's®)

  • 2 (4 ounce) cans diced green chile peppers (such as Old El Paso®)

  • ¼ cup chili powder, or more to taste

  • 4 chipotle chile peppers in adobo sauce (such as Goya®), chopped

  • 3 tablespoons adobo sauce from chipotle peppers (such as Goya®)

  • 3 tablespoons ground cumin

  • 2 tablespoons barbeque sauce (such as KC Masterpiece®)


  1. Break ground beef and sausage into small pieces and put into the crock of a large slow cooker; add tomato sauce, dark red kidney beans, roma tomatoes, celery, green bell pepper, light red kidney beans, white kidney beans, beer, sweet onion, red bell pepper, tomato paste, green chile peppers, chili powder, chipotle peppers, adobo sauce, cumin, and barbeque sauce.

  2. Cook on Low for 8 hours.

Cook's Note:

You can cook this on low on the stove in a large pot for 2 to 3 hours.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

570 Calories
24g Fat
48g Carbs
41g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 570
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24g 31%
Saturated Fat 8g 42%
Cholesterol 101mg 34%
Sodium 2032mg 88%
Total Carbohydrate 48g 18%
Dietary Fiber 16g 58%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 41g
Vitamin C 63mg 317%
Calcium 134mg 10%
Iron 9mg 47%
Potassium 1386mg 29%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.