Campfire cooking and cast iron skillets are a natural part of any outdoor camping trip, and camp cooks are always looking for easy recipes that will leave them more time to kick back in their folding camping chairs and enjoy the experience they came for.
Few things are more traditional for a camping trip than campfire cooking, and this easy and delicious 1-skillet Mexican Chili and Rice camping recipe is a great choice for hearty appetites.
Serves: 4 – 8 campers *easily expanded for larger groups
Prep time: 15 – 30 minutes
Cook time: 30 – 45 minutes
Camp cooking gear:
Here is all you need:
- Heavy-duty aluminum foil
- Camping Dutch oven or large cast iron skillet
- Sharp kitchen-type camp knife
- Lg. serving spoon/ladle
- Cutting board
Main Camping Recipe Ingredients:
- 2 lbs Hamburger, *or meat of your choice
- 3 cups Minute rice
- 1 lg. Spanish onion, chopped
- 1 lg. Green Bell pepper, Diced
- 2 cans (14-16oz each) Kidney beans, drained
- 1 can (14.5oz) Stewed tomatoes, undrained
- 1 can (14.5oz) Diced tomatoes, chili-seasoned, undrained
- 2 pkg. Chili seasoning mix
- 2 cups, (1 pkg.), Shredded Monterrey Jack or cheddar cheese
- 1.5 tsp. Salt
- 1.5 tsp. Black pepper
- 1 tbsp. Cooking oil
- 5 cups Water
*Optional: Spice it to taste – you can add 1 tbsp dry crushed red pepper flakes or 2 chopped Jalapeno peppers. Omit Kidney beans for No-bean Chili.
- Chop and dice onion and green pepper, (and jalapeno if used), set aside
- Brown ground meat over high heat, with one tbsp. cooking oil. Drain and remove from skillet, set aside
- Add to skillet: rice, water, Chili seasoning, salt & pepper(s), – bring to boil over high heat. Then move skillet to coals or lower heat, add: ground meat, tomatoes, kidney beans, and chopped and diced veggies.
- Cover tightly and cook over coals or low heat for aprox. 15 minutes, stirring once or twice to prevent sticking
- Remove from heat, sprinkle cheese over top of everything – recover and let sit for 5 minutes for cheese to melt and mixture to thicken. Serve directly from skillet, (or Dutch oven), on table
Camping Tip: Use a camping meal checklists to make sure you don’t leave any vital ingredients at home.You can find an assortment of outdoor camping checklists.
Smart Campfire Cooking Tips:
Use these “Smart Campfire Cooking Tips” to make preparing and cooking this recipe easier and quicker.
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The smartest campfire cooking tip is to be organized, and sometimes a couple inexpensive totes or “stuff” bags will make outdoor camping gear so much easier to handle you will wonder why you waited to get them.
If you use the Zip-loc freezer bag tips, these totes will keep all your camp meal food in one easy to carry soft cooler that collapses to pack-out empty. See examples of Collapsible Totes and coolers
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Here are a few items and resources that may prove helpful:
If you go camping with kids, you should have at least one Pie Iron, (preferably one for each kid), in your camping cookware. They are versatile – you can make anything from grilled cheese sandwiches to instant fruit pies. And they are so safe and easy to use that you can let your young campers make their own fun camping recipes.
Just pop in the ingredients, close, cook over the campfire, and out comes delicious sandwiches, or biscuit-dough fruit tarts, or dozens of other camp food choices.
Don’t laugh – think about it first, but a Boy Scout Handbook is one of the most helpful pieces of general camping gear you can have. It’s a great source for camping ideas, tips, and activities for your young campers.
It contains easy to understand answers and how-to’s for almost any camping question. Plus, it contains plant and foliage identifications, campsite activity suggestions, survival tips, and detailed primary first aid instructions.
See available Boy Scout Handbook selections
Check out these great examples of camping gear items useful for camping with kids. Once you have these pieces of camp gear included in your list of camping equipment, you will wonder how you ever did without them. Especially when you see how inexpensive they are when you buy them online.
- Camping Food, Meals, and Menu Planning
- Campfire Checklist
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