Blog posts of '2014' 'June'

Camping Chili Recipe

Chili Recipe

After some carefully research I have combined every camping chile recipe on the internet and created the following infographic.  

Camping Chili Recipe

Here is a pdf version for easy printing


Below is the same information with a couple of embellishments.


Throw the following in a pot, bring to a boil and then simmer for 30 minutes.


one pound of cooked ground meat (beef, chicken, turkey, pork, venison or other or maybe in  combination. if it is greasy meat, drain it. If you are a vegetarian you can skip the meat part and add an extra can of beans.

A Cooked Onion

Chop (1) onion and cook it up in some oil. If the meat you chose is fatty, you can cook the onion and the meat together. Use a large onion if like onions and a medium one if you are not a big fan. Optionally you can also chop and cook a poblano pepper, a green pepper or a bell pepper (but not a doctor pepper). This would also be a good place to mince and cook up 2 to 4 cloves of garlic if you like garlic.


Add  (2) 15 oz cans from the following List.

Kidney Beans

Pinto Beans

Black Beans

Chili Beans

Pork and Beans

Ranch Style Beans

Lima Beans

Garbanzo Beans (chick-peas)

Cannellini Beans

Great Norther Beans

Almost any Bean Really.

Corn (ok not a bean, but still fibrous)

Some people drain and rinse the beans, while others don’t. It’s chili so you really can’t go too wrong


To the pot add 1 or 2 Cans of Stewed Tomatoes, or diced tomatoes or tomato Soup or tomato paste or ketchup if you are really in a tomato bind.


2 tsp to 2 tbs of chili powder

1 to 2 tsps of cumin

Additional Optional spices

2 tsp Sugar

Salt and Pepper to Taste

1/2 tsp Oregano

1 tsp Paprika

Garlic Powder

Spicy But Not Spices...

Chopped Jalapeno

1 Small Can Green Chili


if it look too thick to boil, add a little water... or a can of Beer.



Serve Chili  Over



Corn Chips

Top  Chilli With

Shredded Cheese

Sour Cream

Serve Chili With


Corn Bread

Cooler Corn Infographic

Cooler Corn is a great way to make a lot of corn on the cob. I like it so much I made a how to infographic... Enjoy!


Do You want a a PDF version for easy printing?  Cooler Corn Instructions PDF

Camp Dish Cleanup The 5 Step / 3 Tub Method

Edit July 11th 2014 .. See the Infographic Here .. I also shorterd the text, but same basic idea.

 There are many ways to clean camp dishes, some more effective than others. Some people are fine with making them look clean, but I try and be a bit fastidious in my camp dish cleanup. Maybe I have an out of proportion fear of dysentery, but the following method is health department approved.

 Washing the dishes themselves is a 5 step process. Pre-Wash, Wash, Rinse, Sterilize and Dry.

 The Following equipment and Supplies are required

  • (3) Wash Tubs

  • Water

  • Hot water

  • Soap

  • Sanitation chemicals

  • Scrub brush and/or a sponge

Step 1 Pre-Wash

The first step is to scrape off as much excess food and grease as possible. The reason for this is to make the  wash water in the next step  last as long as possible. Sticking dirty dishes directly into the clean wash water just creates dirty wash water.

Step 2 Wash

In a wash tub or bucket of soapy warm water clean off all the remaining food residue and grease. Do not move onto the next step until it is clean. shake as much soapy water as possible and move on to the next step.

Step 3 Rinse

In a second tub of hot water is for rinsing off the remaining soap.

Step 4 Sanitize

The third wash tub is to sanitize your dishes. A solution of chlorine bleach (1 tbs per gallon) or other sanitizing agents (such as steramine) in any temperature water. Soak  for 1 minute. You can use Boiling hot water to sanitize but that is trickier and a little more dangerous.

Step 5 Dry

If possible air dry your dishes. If you are in a hurry and don’t have time to air dry use paper towels. Do NOT use your dirty dish towel, that will just spread a nice coating of bacteria all over your freshly cleaned dishes. A mesh bag that you can hang up that holds your clean dishes and pots is very helpful.

Step 6 Clean Up the Clean Up

After you are done washing the dishes you must clean up from the clean up. First take the wash water and strain out all the food bits and dispose of them in the trash. Dispose of the water by broadcasting is over a wide area, 200 feet from your camp and any river or lake. Take the rinse water, pour it in the wash tub, rinse it around and then broadcast it as above. Pour the contents of the sanitization tub  into the rinse  tub and then let it sit for a minute. Then pour the sanitation solution from the rinse tub to the wash tub and let it sit again for one minute.  Once again broadcast the sanitization water. Let the tubs air dry.

Other Helpful Hints

* Clean your dishes form cleanest to dirties.. save that greasy bacon fry pan till last, because once you are done with that, your dishwater will have to be replaced.

* Use a Biodegradable soap such as Camp Suds. A little goes a long way.

Open Country 5 Cup Percolator Video

We did not make this video, but we could not have done it better.

To clear up some (or add too the) confusion, this will make five "cups of coffee." A cup of coffee is usually defined as starting with 6 fluid ounces of cold water and ending up with  around five plus ounces of brewed coffee.  For most other purposes (recipes etc.) a cup  is defined as eight fluid ounces, at least in the USA. (then there is the Imperial cup, but we are not going there today).


Our First Video.

A little stop action fun! It shows all the camping cooking gear that can fit in a Camping Kitchen Box.