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Campfire Cooking

Don’t worry buddy, you can have cat food.

Any time we get a chance to cook over fire, we take it. It feels primal, and something about that is really fun! It also does not need to be a complex endeavor. We all have those friends with their fancy marinated steaks, but when we’re on longer explorations we really hate fussing over keeping our food cold, and who has time to meal prep when you’re out exploring all day? So, channeling the cliché, “Keep it simple, stupid,” mantra, these campfire chili burritos are as basic as it gets.

Cooking to the perfect crispness. (Please excuse Jason’s campground sweats– he didn’t put on his Sunday best for this pic!)

Campfire Chili Burritos 

Any time we get a chance to cook over fire, we take it. It feels primal, and something about that is really fun! It also does not need to be a complex endeavor. We all have those friends with their fancy marinated steaks, but when we’re on longer explorations we really hate fussing over keeping our food cold, and who has time to meal prep when you’re out exploring all day? So, channeling the cliché, “Keep it simple, stupid,” mantra, these campfire chili burritos are as basic as it gets.

What you’ll need:

  • The biggest tortilla wraps you can find
  • A can of chili
  • Cheddar cheese (We always opt for harder cheeses while camping, as they can be left open and unrefrigerated for up to 8 hours. So even if our cooler is no longer cool, there is a good chance we can polish off a small block before it gets in the danger zone. You’ll be able to tell when the texture starts to look gross.)
  • Aluminum foil
  1. Start a fire.
  2. Load up your wrap with chili and cheese.
  3. Wrap that baby up snug.
  4. Pretend you work a Chipotle and secure your burrito even further in aluminum foil.
  5. Plop her over the fire and let the flame do its thing.
  6. Find a stick to whittle away at while you wait for the insides of your chili burrito to get nice and bubbly.
  7. Use your new cooking tool to roll the burrito around, making sure all sides get some love.
  8. After roughly 10 minutes of rolling around with your whittled stick, unwrap the aluminum foil and check her out. Cook a little longer on the unwrapped aluminum foil and be patient. You’ll know when it’s time! It’s worth waiting until everything is melted and toasty.

The bonus of this meal is that you can pick up these supplies at almost any convenient store or gas station. We know that doesn’t sound glamorous, but when you’re road tripping there isn’t always time or the option to find the nearest Whole Foods. On our last 3 month trip we often found ourselves far off the grid before we had even thought about what’s for dinner. We’d rather get swept away in the adventure than obsess over making fancy meals. So we always keep basic non-perishable goods stashed in our TAXA TigerMoth’s kitchen for when that happens.

Enjoy!

When not using a whittled stick, a machete is an extremely useful tool to have when campfire cooking!
And during times of high fire risk, we’re back to cooking in our TAXA TigerMoth’s perfect little pull-out kitchen!

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