Dutch Oven 101: Dutch Chili Oven Recipe

Dutch oven, or casserole dishes, have been used as cooking vessels for many years, and it has a thick wall and a tight-fitting lid, usually made of cast iron, and some are made of cast aluminum, ceramic or enameled metals. There are many benefits using a Dutch oven because it is durable, versatile, convenient to use, inexpensive and creates delicious and nutritious meals. It is well suited long and slow cooking, making stews, roasts and casseroles, and virtually any recipe you can think of that can be cooked in a conventional oven. 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 having a picnic or camping can benefit from using Dutch oven, because it doesn’t need to have an access to electricity, and only very little fat is needed when cooking, as well as it also hold the heat fairly evenly, creating a perfect food texture. Chili in a Dutch oven is a very tasty recipe that is commonly cooked, especially by campers, providing warmth in a cold weather during winter times. Any meat with plenty of connective tissue can be used in a Dutch oven chili recipe, 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 like as cannellini, kidney beans, garbanzo, or navy beans. For the best chili flavor, you can make your own chili puree or your own chili powder, but you can also buy chili powder in stores.

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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