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Dutch Oven: Your Perfect Dutch Oven Chili 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. Dutch ovens offer many benefits because they’re durable, versatile, convenient to use, inexpensive and creates delicious and nutritious meals. Dutch ovens are suited for 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. One of the most sought Dutch oven recipes is chili recipe, especially by campers and climbers, because it is not only tasty, but more importantly it provides warmth in a cold weather during winter months. 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. You may put raw sausage or any sausage flavor you prefer, 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.

To cook the chili recipe, first you need to put oil once the Dutch oven is heated, and then add the pork and cook until it is well-browned on all sides. Next, add the sausage to the Dutch oven and cook it until it is no longer raw, then add onion, chili powder or chili puree, cumin, oregano and cilantro, and stir it 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.

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!