Camping is a time for bonding and for enjoying the great outdoors. No camping trip is complete without your favorite comfort foods. No matter the weather, Chili mac is sure to be a camp favorite. It is easy to prepare and relatively inexpensive. You can be as creative with the recipe as you like and add any additional family favorites to the mix. Are you ready to do some outdoor cooking? An easy Chili mac recipe for this special outing includes:
1 pound ground beef
1 small onion, diced
1 jalapeno chili, seeded, minced
1 (15 ounce) can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (14 1/2 ounce) can diced tomatoes, chili flavored is an added bonus
1 cup elbow macaroni
2 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup shredded Monterrey Jack or Cheddar cheese
Make a nice hot fire for your evening delight. You may use either a skillet or dutch oven preheated to 350 degrees; oil your dutch oven well with a stick of butter or Pam Olive Oil Spray; add ground beef and onion
Cook uncovered until ground beef is well browned, stirring often.
Stir in tomatoes and their juices, jalapeno chili, red kidney beans and elbow macaroni.
Bring to a boil.
Reduce heat to about 250 degrees, cover, and simmer 20 minutes or until elbow macaroni is tender and the water has evaporated.
Season to taste with salt and cumin.
Sprinkle Monterrey Jack or Cheddar cheese on each bowl when it is served.
Chili mac is a fun, easy and fulfilling meal which is sure to please your entire family as well as your camp neighbors and friends. The great news is that if you choose not to use a few of the above ingredients, you are still sure to enjoy this meal. So grab a chair and your favorite beverage as you wait only a short time for this meal to be done. It is simple, inexpensive and sure to fill the bellies of those you choose to enjoy the stars with. Make sure to store any extras or discard as the critters will enjoy this just as much as you. Sour cream is another great addition to this meal for those who are looking for a more creamy texture. Camping never tasted so good!