Picture being in the great outdoors….
There is a cool breeze as the trees sway.
You can hear the water from the creek below.
The bugs are chirping their “It’s Nighttime” song.
No cell phones ringing.
It is so relaxing!
Sniff, sniff, sniff…
Hey, what’s that smell?
Oh, that smells good.
Smells like garlic and onion.
Oh, now my tummy is growling.
Hey, what are they cooking over there?
Yep, it’s Campfire Chili!!
- Get your fire going.
- Add a swirl of oil to the bottom of a dutch oven pot (just enough to have a thin layer on bottom of pot).
- Add diced onion. Cook a minute or two and then add garlic. Stir and make sure garlic doesn’t burn.
- Look up and see your camping neighbors who are all wondering what time dinner is.
- Add beef and cook until done.
- Add remaining ingredients.
- Stir often, with the same utensil that you’ve used all along cause you don’t want a lot of dirty dishes, making sure the chili doesn’t burn on the bottom.
- Simmer until the flavors have become one, looking on from your camp chair.
- Serve, you may need to double this cause of #4. Top with any toppings you remembered to bring along.
- Finally, take a picture, with no make up on, for all the world to see!!
- This is camping, make it easy on yourself and don’t stress out if you forgot something. It will all work out in the end. And if it doesn’t you will have a good story out of it.
- If you burn the bottom, don’t stir the bottom in. Leave the burnt crust on the bottom and the top part will be just fine.
- When using raw meat, we use it one the first night or two so that if your ice melts faster than anticipated, your meat won’t be tossed. Save hot dogs and items that don’t go bad quickly for later meals.
- Always taste your food as you go along so you are happy with spices and such.
- Precut the garlic and onion before you go.