Chili – not the fruit that grows on trees (yes, chilies are fruits because they have seeds, so are tomatoes). Chili – the stuff camping is made of (and s’mores too). The last time we (the hubs and I) made chili, we were out in Joshua Tree National Park camping with friends. We made the chili in two cast iron pots atop a campfire and campfire gas stove. We were feeding about 20+ people, so we needed that campfire stove. We served the chili with a hamburger bun (sloppy joes!!) and vinegar-based coleslaw. It was divine camping food, though the hubs said we probably felt it was the best chili because we were hungry – I beg to disagree, I thought it was good.
One of the things I usually look out for when trawling the aisles of T.J.Maxx is Spanish smoked paprika. However, when it comes to using it, I only use it to cook two dishes – Alton Brown’s smoked paprika chicken and this stew.
In bid to save money, the HTB and I planned our meals for the next week (or two). I always thought that meal planning would be a breeze since I’m an avid cook. However, we both had to rack our brains to think of things to cook. I think we were focusing too much on the $5 per meal criteria. Anyway, beef stew came to mind and I suggested this PW recipe.