There’s nothing quite as satisfying as being in the woods on a camping trip, with all of your senses heightened by the sweet smell of a campfire mingling with the savory aroma of food cooking!
For this cast iron cooking experience, you’ll need a large Dutch oven with lid, pre-treated and “seasoned” so there is no exposed metal or rust.
Start your campfire about 30-45 minutes before you begin cooking this meal. You can use the wood coals from the campfire, but I prefer to add some BBQ briquettes to the fire for a longer lasting, more consistent heat. Right before cooking, make a nest in the middle of the coals using a long campfire shovel or stick. Be sure the hot coals are evenly distributed around and under the nest.
Have all of the ingredients assembled and ready-to-use before putting your pan on the coals. You’ll want a pair of heat-resistant gloves and a long-handled wooden spoon, plus a heat-safe place to set your Dutch oven for serving once the dish is cooked. I use a sturdy cast iron trivet on the picnic table.
Mexican Frito Fiesta Cast Iron Casserole — Feeds 6 adults.
- 2 Pounds ground hamburger
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1 large yellow onion, chopped in 1/2” pieces
- 12 Ounce container of grape or cherry tomatoes
- 1 can of mushroom soup
- 1 can of green enchilada sauce
- 1 (4-ounce) can of green chilies, minced
- 1 (12-ounce) can of seasoned chili beans
- 1 (12-ounce) can of corn
- Garlic seasoning
- Salt and pepper
- 1 large bag of Fritos corn chips
- 2 Cups shredded cheddar cheese or combo Mexican cheese varieties
- Sour cream
- Avocado slices
- In a large, cast iron Dutch oven, place the olive oil and hamburger.
- Place pan in the middle of the fire nest and occasionally stir to cook the meat thoroughly.
- Add chopped onions and cook for 2 minutes until they are softened.
- Add the tomatoes, mushroom soup, green enchilada sauce, green chilies, chili beans, corn, and seasonings. Mix well.
- Place lid on the dutch oven.
- Tip: It’s not going to hurt if you only add the ingredients one-at-a-time and need to step away from the fire to cool down before adding each new ingredient. Use caution.
- Depending on the temperature of your fire, it will be heated through and ready to serve in 15-25 minutes. Remove from the heat, sprinkle Fritos on top of the sizzling ingredients, and cover with cheese, replacing lid for a few minutes to melt the cheese.
- Dish out the casserole into bowls or plates. Top with a nice dollop of sour cream and avocado slices.
Originally printed in the pages of Simply Family Magazine’s July 2018 issue.
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