Welcome to the first edition of backcountry chef! I’m Kathy, and I seriously LOVE food and being outside…so as you imagine, I especially love eating outside. Every week I’m going to give you some inspiration to heat up over your campfire or camp stove, as well as a tidbit or tip to help you along to your ultimate outdoor cooking mastery.
Back Country Chili Mac
-1 C elbow macaroni
-1 15 oz. can of chili
-1/2 C shredded cheddar cheese
-Finely chopped white onion (to taste)
-1 green chili (optional)
-Camp stove and fuel
-Spoon to stir
-Knife to cut up onions, avocados, etc.
-Can opener (do not forget this)
- Bring 3 c water to rolling boil over camp stove or fire
- Add pasta, cover.
- Watch pasta closely to prevent boiling over. Cook for 8 minutes, or until noodles are cooked to taste.
- Strain pasta and divide between bowls
- Open can of chili (hopefully you remembered the can opener) and cook over stove until heated through. Turn stove off.
- Distribute chili over noodles.
- Sprinkle cheddar cheese and white onion over mac, mix. Enjoy!
Recipe notes: Roasting a green chili over fire can add a spicy, smoky southwestern touch to this dish. Give it a shot! If you don’t want to buy a whole bag of elbow macaroni, a box of Kraft mac and cheese is ALMOST 1 c. Other great additions are fresh slices of avocado and crackers. To extend this for more adventurers, broken up spaghetti or any other favorite pasta can add to the grains, and a little spaghetti sauce can add to your sauce mixture.
Cooking tip of the week:
Reheating previously cooked foods without messing up your cooking utensils.
Just when you thought water couldn’t get more awesome, here it is to surprise you yet again. Storing pre-cooked foods like ground taco meat, chicken, or pretty much anything else you want to in heavy duty plastic sandwich bags beforehand can make food prep a cinch. Simply submerge bag into boiling water until heated through, taking special care to avoid touching the plastic to the side of the pot. This is also a pretty sweet way to make scrambled eggs. When cooking is finished, your cleaning is done for you!