Dehydrated Chili

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Who doesn’t love chili? Or is it chilli? Who knows… Either way, there’s something extra satisfying and comforting about scarfing down a warm bowl of chili at camp. As a bonus, it can be so versatile. This recipe can be made with any meat that you prefer; it can even be made vegan or vegetarian. 

Prep Time: 15 mins

Cooking Method: Dehydrating

Cooking Time: < 17 hours

Yield: 1


  • 3/4 cup dehydrated red kidney beans and/or black beans
  • 1/3 cup dehydrated ground turkey, beef or meat of choice (approx 1/2 cup raw) OR
  • 1/3 cup dehydrated black beans, chickpeas or bean of choice (approx 1/2 cup canned/cooked)
  • 1-2 heaping tbsp dehydrated tomatoes (2 medium tomatoes raw)
  • 2 tbsps dehydrated white onion (approx 1/4 med raw)
  • 1 heaping tbsp dehydrated mushrooms (approx 3 raw)
  • 2 tbsp dehydrated bell pepper (any colour; approx 1/4 pepper raw)
  • 1 heaping tsp dehydrated jalapeños (optional; approx 1/2 pepper raw)
  • 2 tbsps dehydrated cheese (optional; approx 2 tbsp raw)
  • 1/2 tsp chicken, beef or vegetable bouillon powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder (or 1 clove, crushed and dehydrated)
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • Few pinches cayenne


  1. Cook ground meat until golden brown (avoid cooking with oil – use water as needed instead – see reasoning in step 2).
  2. If using a fattier beef or pork, lightly rinse and drain cooked meat to rid of excess fats and oils (excess oil increases drying time and decreases shelf life)
  3. Dehydrate meat at 160° for approx. 7 hours
  4. Dice vegetables into 1/4″ thick pieces & shred cheese
  5. Dehydrate vegetables, beans and cheese at 135° for approx 6-10 hours 
  6. Combine all dehydrated ingredients in a sealed container or bag. Add the bouillon and spices. Mix/shake well. 
Voilà! Your chili is ready to go! (see how to rehydrate below)


  • You can use canned beans or prepared beans (dried and cooked)
  • Feel free to swap out vegetables or add more that you like. Just keep in mind that more ingredients will require more water then rehydrating it before you eat 
  • Learn more about dehydrating from our Dehydrating 101 post.
  • Check out our post Where to Buy Dehydrated and Freeze-dried Ingredients.

*Nutrition information is estimated using an online nutrition calculator. Actual nutrition facts may vary.

Per Serving: (using ground turkey)

Calories: 320 kcal  Protein: 35g  Carbs: 19g  Fat: 7g Fibre: 11g

 Sugar: 6g  Sodium: 498mg  Saturated Fat: 3.6g  Cholesterol: 52mg 

How to "rehydrate" before consuming:

  1. Add 1 & 1/2 cups boiling water
  2. Stir
  3. Let sit for approx. 17 mins
  4. Stir & enjoy

Rehydrating Tips:

  • Use a container with a lid to contain as much heat as possible… Have a packable insulated container? Even better. 
  • After soak time is finished, add more hot water if you find the meal dry or crunchy. 
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