Chili Con Carne

Two months ago, at the end part of  my 'camping story' post I wrote that I would share some easy camping food recipes. Some recipes have become our favorite and we're waiting for it on the next camping ground.

Camping doesn't mean we only eat instant noodle or other unhealthy instant food. There are so many simple healthy food can be cooked at the camping ground. Some of the ingredients can be prepared at home to make the cooking process easier and for sure... less dirty cooking equipment to take care of.

One bowl dish, where we can throw the ingredients in one pan is my favorite choice. I can survive to cook in the camping ground with only one pan, one wooden spoon, a knife and a small cutting board.


Chili Con Carne
is a spicy stew containing chili peppers, meat, and often tomatoes and beans. Other seasonings may include garlic, onions, and cumin. I like to add steamed corn kernel to give more color, flavor and texture to the dish. We enjoy it with baked potato or tortilla chips. This menu is a must to cook during our camping, we love it!


Not familiar with Chili Con Carne? hopefully this explanation from wikipedia can help you;
In Spanish, the word chile from the Nahuatl "chīlli" refers to a “chili pepper”, and carne is Spanish for “meat”. The original recipe consisted of dried beef, suet, dried chili peppers and salt, which were pounded together, formed into bricks and left to dry, which could then be boiled in pots on the trail.
I share the easy, simple Chili recipe that is not hard to make in the camping ground. But yes... you can make it for your dinner at home, or as healthy snack for watching TV.


Chili Con Carne

Ingredients :
1 clove of garlic
1 onion
250 gr minced meat
1/4 cup water
tomato purée
pinch of salt
pinch of freshly ground black pepper
2 tsp chili powder (optional)
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp oregano
1 green bell pepper, cut into cubes
1 can of baked beans
1 small can of sweet corn or steamed corn kernel from 1 corn
2 tbsp cooking oil
fresh coriander leaves.

Method :
1. Heat the oil in a large, heavy-based saucepan with a lid and fry the onion and garlic until softened. Increase the heat and add the mince, cooking quickly until browned and breaking down any chunks of meat with a wooden spoon.

2. Stir in the tomato purée, fresh chili or chili flakes, cumin, and oregano. Season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Bring to a simmer, cover with a lid and cook over a gentle heat for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally until the mixture is rich and thickened.

3. Add the kidney beans, corn kernel and fresh coriander. Cook for a further ten minutes, uncovered, before removing from the heat, adding any extra seasoning if necessary.
It can be served with rice, guacamole, sour cream or green salad. Or, tortilla chips for snacking.

Have a great weekend, Friends.