We went to Jasper on the BC/ Alberta border for our first camping trip of the summer. Jasper is just gorgeous and also has lots of things to do as a family. We went canoeing, fishing and on the Jasper Tramway.
We've been doing a lot of camping recently and I decided to do a mini series on cooking food for camping. Camping food has to be easy, usually one pot, nutritious, requiring minimal preparation (the fresh air takes it toll on energy levels) and tasty. Sounds like a long list doesn't it?
My first recipe is for an easy veggie chili, that can also be made with meat, if you prefer. You can save time at the campsite if you chop all the vegetables up before leaving home. You can use pretty much any vegetables you want and keep it seasonal.
This chili can be made over a fire or a camping stove, like I have here. I also make a easy chili spice mix, and put it into a small box, so I am not messing about with spices at the campsite. I use lots of shortcuts, so I spend less time cooking and more time doing things that matter [like drinking a lot :-)]
2 tablespoons neutral cooking oil (I use grapeseed or canola)
500g pack of veggie mince or ground beef (you will have to fry the meat first, to cook it, no need to fry the veggie mince)
1 onion, diced
1 large courgette or zucchini, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
1 pack (400g) crimini mushrooms, chopped
1 red or yellow pepper, chopped
2 cans of chopped tomatoes (800ml) or one 750ml jar of pasta sauce
1 can of red kidney beans or mixed bean, drained
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1/2 - 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon celery salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon paprika (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste
Make the spice mix in advance and store in a small tupperware container.
In a large pot, add oil and fry the onions, until soft (if using minced meat, add it at this stage and fry for about 5 - 7 minutes, till cooked through) Add the spice mix, and saute for another minute.
Add the rest of the ingredients, mix thoroughly and let the chili simmer for about 20 - 30 minutes.
Season to taste and serve with chunks of fresh bread or over rice.