Yeah. We’re excited.
If you’ve been living under a rock, or just outside of Wisconsin, then maybe you don’t know that the Packers beat the Chicago Bears yesterday for a trip to Super Bowl XLV.
Well Packers fans, we have the perfect food for any Super Bowl spread. An old camp standby from my days as a camper, Junior Counselor, and Counselor, this dish is stick-to-your ribs good, and is even easy to make over a campfire, er, if that’s your thing. Regardless, it’s a crowd pleaser as we found out during yesterday’s NFC Championship.
My fondest/worst memory of this meal is as a counselor in charge of Treehouse Village (just as it sounds…a bunch of treehouses in the middle of a pine forest filled with me, 20 kids, a fire pit, a water pump, and an outhouse).
The camp cooking staff sent us out with a cooler full of cheese, Fritos, bug juice, taco seasoning, and a 5 lb. log of frozen beef. The chances of thawing and cooking 5 pounds of frozen beef and feeding 20 campers is nil when you have an hour and a half. Thanks, Puck (inside joke).
Needless to say, lunch ran a bit late, the campers left satisfied, while the counselors left hungry (somebody had to do all of the cooking and clean up, after all).
We hope you’ll have an easier time of it in two weeks as you prepare for your Super Bowl party…
Chili Cheese Fritos
2 lbs. ground beef
1 packet taco seasoning
1 small onion, diced
1 15 oz. can tomato sauce
Brown meat and onion in deep frying pan over medium heat. Drain fat once meat is fully cooked.
Add tomato sauce and taco seasoning. Stir until fully incorporated, and heat through.
Serve over Fritos and top with shredded cheese.
Serves: 6-8 hungry and excited Packers fans
It seems I was dreadfully remiss in not providing cooking instructions if any of you Super Bowl watchers want to brave the winter weather and cook this meal outside over the fire. Well, let me fix that right now. Use the following instructions to cook Chili Cheese Fritos over an open fire in the great outdoors…
Preparation: (over the fire)
THAW ground beef. See above, this is important.
Build fire in safely enclosed fire pit. You’ll want a log cabin shaped structure, not teepee. Log cabin = heat, teepee = light.
Rub soap on the underside of your campfire cookware pan (this will help with cleanup of char marks).
Brown meat and onion in pan until fully cooked. You won’t be able to easily drain the grease off, so resign yourself to a few extra calories.
Add taco seasoning and tomato sauce, stirring until fully incorporated. Heat through.
Serve over generous handful of Fritos and topped with cheese.
Add more wood to the fire, put your feet up, and enjoy your latest caveman escapade.