Gosh, I love camping. It’s so relaxing and peaceful.
Unless, of course, you’re in a busy campground overrun by children with loads of fun things for them to do. Then, that’s a little NOT relaxing. Not saying that there’s anything wrong with that – been there, done that with the Things, THAT’S for sure – but we’re past that stage until grandthings are ready to go camping. Almost there but right now, we’re totally into peace and quiet and serenity and nature.
And all that fresh air and nature makes us hungry.
What exactly is it about being outside all day that makes a person so hungry? I mean, I get it if we’ve hiked 10 miles but when we’re just hanging out, enjoying the sights and sounds of nature, the last thing I would expect to hear is a growling bear coming from inside my tummy. Just saying.
Not that I complain at all. Because growling tummies means we cook! (And growling is much better from a tummy than it is a REAL bear.)
And cook we do! We grill tons, wrap food in foil and throw it into the fire, and we make s’mores. Duh. Because…s’mores.
But, the pièce de résistance is usually this chili!
Okay, okay. Fine. I know what you’re thinking. I do. Oh wait, that’s creepy? Sorry. I’ll stop.
Anyway, I know what you’re thinking! What the heck is on TOP of that chili?! It’s cornbread. Trust me on this one. You learn to improvise when you’ve only got one pot and you don’t want to spend all day doing dishes.
I’m not going to lie – this chili has some heat. And I don’t mean from the coals. If spicy isn’t your thing, leave the jalapeño out and go easy on the chili powder.
And yes, you could totally make this at home. No outdoors needed. Just cook the chili on the stove and once you add the cornbread mix, cover and bake in the oven.
Need gluten free? Use it! Works just fine in this recipe!
If you can’t do dairy at all, please leave the cheddar cheese out. There’s enough flavor in the meat that you won’t miss the cheese at all!
Oh, and PS. It’s football season. Not much goes better with the big game than a big pot of chili that only requires a single bowl for serving and eating!
So, grab your Dutch oven and your family and make some memories!