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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 are 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.

Dutch oven cooking is perfect for those who love outdoors, for those who love camping or picnic, 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. 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 also put small to medium beans such 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.

Start cooking the chili recipe by putting oil in the heated Dutch oven, 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.

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. I hope you enjoy cooking with your own Dutch oven!

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