Campfire Chili and Cornbread
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Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen

Campfire Dutch Oven Chili and Cornbread

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 55 min
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
When we go camping, we love a hearty one-pot meal that needs little prep time, minimal cook time and big payoff when it comes to flavor. With all this in mind, we set out to create a dump-and-stir chili that could be made with ingredients you'd find at even the remotest general store. To reduce the number of items you need to pack in your cooler, we kept this vegetarian. But we wouldn't be unhappy if some broken-up sausage found its way into the pot too. The cornbread layer on top makes this a full meal that everyone can customize with a variety of toppings.



Special equipment:
a pre-seasoned 5-quart cast-iron Dutch oven
  1. Add the salsa, tomatoes, hatch chiles, beans, corn, chili powder and 1 1/4 cups water to a pre-seasoned 5-quart cast-iron Dutch oven and stir to combine. Prepare the corn muffin mix with the egg and milk according to package directions and spoon in dollops on top of the bean mixture. Cover with the lid and be careful not swing the pot too much when transferring it to the fire to keep the batter on top (it will sink a bit though).
  2. Prepare a campfire or charcoal grill for cooking at medium-high heat (you'll know it's ready when you can hold your hand about 2 inches above the fire or grates for only 2 to 3 seconds). Arrange the coals so there is a hole in the center large enough to hold the Dutch oven without it touching any coals directly. Place the Dutch oven in the hole. With grilling tongs or a shovel, place a few coals on the lid of the Dutch oven. Cook for 20 minutes, rotating the pot occasionally. Remove the coals from the lid and take the Dutch oven off the fire. Let sit, covered, for 15 minutes before serving with desired toppings.