Solar Oven Recipes: Easy Chili with Beans

Solar Oven Recipes

Ingredients:

  • 2 (regular size) cans of tomatoes, (whole, crushed, diced, pureed whichever you prefer.)
  • 2 packets of chili seasoning (McCormick or store brand)
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 3-4 tbsp of dried chopped onions
  • 1 ½ tbsp of Salt
  • 2 beef bullion cubes
  • 4-5 cups of pre cooked beans (pinto or whatever mix you may like.)
  • 1 tablespoon of pepper flakes (if so desired)

Steps:

  • Pre heat Solar Cooker or Oven (If you want to cook faster consider using two solar cookers)
  • After 15 minutes of pre heating put your ground meat and ½ tbsp salt into one of the solar cookers and position towards sun. Time for twenty minutes
  • In a bowl empty the two cans of tomatoes (if using whole tomatoes chop or blend to create small chunks)
  • Add half can of water from each can into tomatoes (in order to clean out can)
  • Stir in the chili seasoning packets (1 ½ packets can be used for milder flavor)
  • Add 3-4 tbsp of chopped dry onions, 1tbsp salt, bullion cubes and pre cooked beans. (The bullion cubes do not need to be dissolved before hand.)
  • Add pepper flakes if you prefer a spicier chili.
  • At twenty minutes stir and crumble your cooking ground beef into small pieces and re-cover pot. Reset timer for another 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Pour all of the tomato/bean mix into the second solar pot and cover, position towards sun.
  • When timer sounds the meat should be fully cooked, pour out excess grease then crumble meat to smaller size.
  • Add already cooked meat to chili mixture, stirring and mixing all ingredients well. Recover the pot and reposition towards sun.
  • Cook for about 3 ½ to 5 hours stirring only once at the most.

*Uncover pot as little as possible in order to retain higher heat levels for better cooking results.

Result:
Chili should be dark in color due to long, slow cooking time. Flavor is enhanced when allowed to stew for longer time.

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