KOA Camping Recipe Favorite: Backwoods Chili Rice Skillet

April 29, 2016

Learn to make a KOA camping recipe favorite – Backwoods Chili Rice Skillet

KOA campers agree, this tasty combination of chili and rice makes the perfect campfire dinner. Our Backwoods Chili Rice Skillet is a fan favorite from our digital recipe box of camping recipes. that’s quick, easy and totally yummy! Watch the video below and learn to make this crowd-pleasing chili rice skillet for your next campground cookout.


  • 1 lb. ground beef or turkey
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 packet chili seasoning mix
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 can (15 oz.) kidney beans, drained
  • 1 can (14.5 oz.) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 3 cups instant rice
  • 3 cups water
  • 1-2 cups shredded cheddar or Monterey jack cheese


Brown ground beef in a large skillet or Dutch oven. Add onions and green pepper and cook until veggies are soft. Drain fat, if needed. Add seasonings, beans, tomatoes, rice and water. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer for 5-7 minutes until rice is soft. Dish into bowls and sprinkle with cheese.  Serves 8-10.

KOA Camping Recipe: Backwoods Chili Rice Skillet

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