Sunday, October 25, 2015

Woodstove Cooking: Easy Stovetop Chili

Evenings are cool, so the Kozi woodstove is usually fired up to warm the cabin. On those nights, I like to use the "free" heat to cook dinner. One recipe that's easy to make is stovetop chili because I usually have all of the ingredients as staples on the shelf at my cabin.

Easy Stovetop Chili

19 oz (540 mL) can red kidney beans drained
14 oz (398 mL) can green beans diced
19 oz (540 mL) can tomato juice
½ small onion chopped
¼ bell pepper chopped
2 cloves garlic chopped
1 package chili seasoning mix
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
½ lb ground beef cooked

First crumble and cook the hamburger in a heavy metal pot. Drain fat if needed. Add all remaining ingredients including the liquid from the green beans. Cover and return the pot to the stovetop. Cook slowly for about an hour or until thick and bubbly. Stir frequently, especially if you are using a woodstove and the fire is hot. Add water as needed. Substitutes I use for hamburger include one 5 oz (or 184 g) can of chicken or turkey, or leftover meat chopped or shredded.

I like to make fresh bread on the same day to complete the meal. My Buttery Sourdough Pan Rolls are a good choice.

Follow this link if you want to see the recipe. -- Margy


  1. Mmmmm---good winter food. Our woodstove gets a workout too.

    1. October was so mild we mostly had morning fires and the warmth remained all day and night. November will be colder so it's good we have a good supply of wood ready. - Margy

  2. Looks yummy! I love your lifestyle and your skills!

    1. I learn something new all the time, but Wayne gets tired of some of my "experiments." - Margy

  3. Ohhhh now I'm hungry - looks so good.

    1. Nothing like a hot meal on a cold night. - Margy


We welcome your comments and questions. - Wayne and Margy