Dutch Oven 101: Dutch Chili Oven Recipe
Dutch oven is a cooking pot that is thick-walled with a lid that is tight-fitting, usually made of cast iron, and some are made of cast aluminum, ceramic or enameled metals. Dutch ovens offer many benefits because they’re durable, versatile, convenient to use, inexpensive and creates delicious and nutritious meals. Dutch oven is well suited long and slow cooking, making stews, roasts and casseroles, and can cook any recipe you can think of that can be cooked in a conventional and commercialized oven available in the market today. Dutch ovens are easy to clean, you can have it cooked on a stove top, over a fire or a grill, and it last for several years.
People who love outdoors like picnic or camping can benefit from using Dutch oven, because you don’t need to have an access to electricity, and very little fat is needed when cooking, as it also hold the heat fairly evenly, creating a perfect food texture. One of the most sought Dutch oven recipes is chili recipe, which very delicious especially by campers, providing warmth in a cold weather during winter times. If you plan to cook a Dutch oven chili recipe, you can use any kind of meat with plenty of connective tissue, such as beef chuck or beef short rib, pork shoulder, or lamb shoulder. The sausage can be in any flavor you prefer and it may come raw, or it can also be replaced by stew meat. It is better to stick with small to medium beans such as cannellini, kidney beans, garbanzo, or navy beans. You can make your own chili puree or your own chili powder for the best chili flavor, but you can also buy chili powder in stores if you don’t have time making one.
Once the Dutch oven is hot, put oil until it’s smoking, and then add the pork and cook until it is well-browned on all sides. Next, add the sausage to the pot and cook it until it is no longer raw, then add onion, chili powder, cumin, oregano and cilantro, and keep on stirring until the aroma comes out and the ingredients soften. Add the soaked beans, tomatoes and enough water to cover the meat and the beans, add a pinch of salt, and let it cook for ten minutes or until the beans are soft.
Dutch oven is really beneficial to us, so it is important to take good care of it because it provides you and your family good, hearty and nutritious meals, especially when you are outdoors. Enjoy cooking with your Dutch oven!
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