How to Set Up a Campsite Chili Bar

A hearty pot of chili is easily portable and feeds a big crowd at camp. Set it out with a host of toppings and campsite-appropriate decor for a fun night under the stars

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Designer Nathan Turner shows us how to set up a campsite chili bar that is low maintenance but will still impress your fellow campers. Here, it’s all about creating a laidback Old West type of cookout for a crowd. Hang a vintage flag or blanket behind the table for fun, throw a simple cloth over the table, and use foraged sprigs in an extra cup for an easy centerpiece. Lay out your chili bar accoutrements like cheese and sour cream, and you’re good to go. If you’re looking for a chili recipe, consider a classic turkey black bean chili or this sweet potato and black bean variety. Keep the decor laid-back and outdoorsy at camp. Hang a vintage flag or blanket behind the table for fun, throw a simple cloth over the table, and use foraged sprigs in an extra cup for an easy centerpiece.

Alongside your pot of chili, lay out your chili bar accoutrements like shredded cheese, chopped cilantro, and sour cream, and you’re good to go. If you’re looking for a chili recipe, consider a classic turkey black bean chili or a sweet potato and black bean variety if you’ve got vegetarians at camp.