RV Chili Con Carne

RV cooking is a great way to get good nutrition and save money while on the road. The nice thing is that while smaller than your kitchen at home, most RVs have most of the same amenities as your kitchen at home, so just about any recipe can be adapted for cooking in your RV.

Here’s a great recipe for a quick easy chili that can be made with meat, or can be vegetarian. This recipe is also a great way of getting kids and other vegetable haters into eating them.

Chili Con (or Sans) Carne


  • 1 lb lean ground beef, or turkey or 10 oz quick cooking bulgur
  • 2 cans (16 oz) red kidney beans
  • 2 cans (16 oz) pinto beans
  • 3 1/2 cups vegetable juice
  • 4 (16 oz) cans diced tomatoes
  • small bunch fresh broccoli chopped into small pieces
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1 large zucchini sliced
  • 1 large yellow squash sliced
  • 2 large garlic bulbs separated into cloves and diced
  • 2 whole garlic
  • 1 packet of Chili Seasoning


In a large pot, saute the garlic in the oil or butter on your range top.

Meanwhile cook the ground beef or turkey in a separate saucepan until brown.

When the garlic is brown add onions, zucchini, yellow squash and broccoli to pan. Saute for about 10 minutes.

Add the tomatoes, tomato sauce, and chili seasoning. Allow to simmer for another 30 minutes or until mixture thickens.

Once simmered, add the remaining ingredients, including the bulgur or meat. If using bulgur you may need to add some extra liquid to the chili. The chili is done when the vegetables are tender and it is sufficiently spicy. If using bulgur, the grains should be soft and tender, and not chewy.

Serve with crackers, cheese, and sour cream if desired. This chili is also great over rice on a hot dog.

This is a great, easy recipe that can be easily adapted and makes a thick hearty meal. It is perfect for cooking while traveling in your Pan Pacific RV and can be cooked just about anywhere you go.