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Thu Dec 28, 2017, 11:54 AM

I'm making chili in a dutch oven over a camp fire and one important thing hit me ....

.... a stove is a lot easier way to cook.

OK so you want to know what is in the chili

Olive oil then garlic, onions, chili powder, cumin, brown sugar, bell pepper and dried red cayenne peppers
cooked in a skillet

16 OZ black beans
16 OZ pinto beans

beans were soaked and boiled first

5 chorizo sausages cooked first

two cans of diced tomatoes

1 can of red mild enchilada sauce

chicken stock as the water boils off

cooked in a dutch oven suspended over the fire and under a tripod

I started last night .....I fell asleep ..... built a new fire this AM and I'm still cooking.

I'll top with grated co-jack cheese and maybe some cilantro

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Botany Dec 2017 OP
Arkansas Granny Dec 2017 #1
irisblue Dec 2017 #2
Botany Dec 2017 #6
enough Dec 2017 #3
RKP5637 Dec 2017 #4
Zambero Dec 2017 #5
Hortensis Dec 2017 #7

Response to Botany (Original post)

Thu Dec 28, 2017, 12:02 PM

1. I agree that the stove is easier, but you'll never match the flavor of the camp fire cooked dish.

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Thu Dec 28, 2017, 12:07 PM

2. The chorizo I've used I wasn't impressed with

It melted away & was greasy. Are you using Mexican(fresh ground pork) or Italian(dry, more salami like)?

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Response to irisblue (Reply #2)

Thu Dec 28, 2017, 01:34 PM

6. Mexican ..... big links about the size of a brat.

But I think the best thing is using dried beans ..... takes longer ..... than canned.

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Thu Dec 28, 2017, 12:10 PM

3. Damn, sounds good. NT

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Thu Dec 28, 2017, 12:12 PM

4. Now I am really hungry!!! Sounds great to me!!! n/t

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Thu Dec 28, 2017, 12:16 PM

5. Too bad I can't try this at home

Limited to indoor appliances. Sounds like a great chili recipe.

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Thu Dec 28, 2017, 04:54 PM

7. With a stove, I need smoked paprika, but

after inhaling the campfire gasses, you won't.

Ah, for the good old days of spending New Year's in the desert with a crowd of friends. Many happy memories of chatting in comfort around a fire sometimes and others cooking our feet while our backs froze. The year after my husband heated baby food in single-digit temperatures over a fire he had to somehow protect from high winds, while I huddled inside completely closed sleeping bags on the desert floor with our first baby, was the year we purchased the cab-over camper we practically raised our children in.

We're in our years of genuinely appreciating comfort and sophistication, and the grown children now take theirs to expensive resorts instead, but for the moment I'm wishing we were there anyway, wherever "there" is.

Enjoy!

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