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BACKPACKER CHILI

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Give your camping trip a kick with this lightweight and easy to transport meal!

Ingredients

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1 tablespoon olive oil

1 medium yellow onion -diced

1 pound 90% lean ground beef

2 1/2 tablespoons chili powder

2 tablespoons ground cumin

2 tablespoons granulated sugar

2 tablespoons tomato paste

1 tablespoon garlic powder

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper* -optional

1 1/2 cups beef broth

1 (15 oz.) can petite diced tomatoes

1 (16 oz.) can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed

1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Add the olive oil to a large soup pot and place it over medium-high heat for two minutes. 
  2. Add the onion. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the ground beef to the pot. Break it apart with a wooden spoon. Cook for 6-7 minutes, until the beef is browned, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add the chili powder, cumin, sugar, tomato paste, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and optional cayenne. Stir until well combined.
  5. Add the broth, diced tomatoes (with their juice), drained beans, and tomato sauce. Stir well.
  6. Bring the liquid to a low boil. Then, reduce the heat (low to medium-low) to gently simmer the chili, uncovered, for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  7. Remove the pot from the heat. Let the chili rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.

FREEZE-DRYING INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Spread chili evenly on trays lined with silicone mats. Make note of the weight of the trays with food.
  2. Process according to freeze-dryer instructions.
  3. When finished freeze-drying, note the weight of the trays. The difference in weight of the trays before and after freeze-drying is the recommended amount of water needed to reconstitute the dish.

TO RECONSTITUTE

Add recommended amount of hot water to chili. Stir and let sit a few minutes until the chili is fully reconstituted. More, or less, than the recommended amount of water can be added to get the desired consistency.

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