Spicy Chicken And Corn Chili Camping Recipe: No Refrigeration!

You might think of using canned tuna when you are looking for camping food recipes no refrigeration required, but have you considered canned chicken?

This Spicy Chicken And Corn Chili Camping Recipe uses all non-perishable canned ingredients and you’ll be amazed at how yummy it tastes!

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Non-Refrigerated Ingredients Camping Dinner Recipe

This is one of the recipes I submitted to the Kit Cook Off as part of an emergency preparedness campaign to make meals using pantry items that don’t require refrigeration … similar to camping without a fridge or cooler.

Emergency Tip: During power outages use your cell phone to notify the utility provider of the outage. And, to be especially prepared … and not go hungry, this Spicy Chicken and Corn Chili meal was cooked on a camp stove using camping propane. Another alternative cooking method is to cook directly over a campfire. No worries about the lack of power on my electric stove in my home during the outage.

How To Make This Spicy Chicken And Corn Chili Camping Recipe

Step 1. Combine the ingredients.

You can’t get much easier than opening containers, measuring a few spices and stirring them together!

That’s how simple no refrigeration camping recipes should be … right?

Place the chicken, corn, pinto beans, green chilies, salsa, garlic powder, ground cumin, chili powder, dried oregano, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper in a camp Dutch oven or skillet.

Camp Cooking Tip: Canned chicken camping recipes are great options for long trips. Plan to eat your recipes with perishable ingredients first and leave your non-perishable recipes for later in your trip. Canned meats are really versatile for making unique food when you have little or no refrigerator space.

Step 2. Stir and heat through.

I call this one of my pantry Dutch oven camping recipes but you can make it in any pot you want.

Cover your pot and cook over the medium heat of a campfire or camp stove, stirring occasionally until the chili is heated through.

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Step 3. Top and serve.

Add a few crushed corn chips to each bowl and enjoy!

More Camping Chili Recipes

If you are not concerned with using non-perishable ingredients, try these other chili recipes on your next trip.

Dutch Oven Chili: Secret Family Recipe Revealed. My brother-in-law finally shared his secret recipe and it is one of the BEST chili recipes we have ever eaten! It uses a homemade spice mix, ground beef, Italian sausage and a little bit of beer to make an amazingly delicious chili dinner!

Campfire White Chili Recipe. If you are looking for a white chili, you’ve gotta try this version that uses ground turkey, white beans and chicken broth to make a slightly Mexican flavor profile using cumin and cilantro.

Campfire Dutch Oven Chili Recipe. My award-winning chili recipe makes a regular appearance on our cold-weather camping trips. It is a reader-favorite too!

Spicy Steak Chili Dutch Oven Camping Recipe. Believe me when I say this recipe is really spicy. It is actually too hot for me but my husband is a “heat-freak” and loves it.

Print This Spicy Chicken And Corn Chili Camping Recipe

Prep Time 5 minutes

Cook Time 15 minutes

Total Time 20 minutes


  • 3 cans (5 oz) of chicken, drained
  • 11 oz can Mexican style corn, drained
  • 15 oz can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 4 oz can green chilies
  • 16 oz jar mild salsa
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup crushed corn chips (optional)


    1. Combine all ingredients in 10-inch camp Dutch oven or large skillet.
    2. Cover and cook over medium heat of campfire or camp stove, stirring occasionally until heated through.
    3. Serve with crushed corn chips, as topping (optional).

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 549Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 60mgSodium: 1548mgCarbohydrates: 67gFiber: 7gSugar: 10gProtein: 30g

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