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. Dutch ovens are 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 can last for many generations, withstanding the test of time.
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. 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 like 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. Add the sausage to the Dutch oven and cook it until it is no longer raw, then add onion, chili powder, 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 or until the beans are soft.
Dutch oven is truly amazing, with many benefits, so it is important to take good care of it, because it provides a good, hearty and nutritious meals, especially when you are outdoors with your family and friends. I hope you enjoy cooking with your own Dutch oven!