Cooking Time: 15 to 20 minutes
Serving Size: 2-3 adults
- 1/2 lb. frozen/fresh ground beef
- 1 large can of refried beans
- 1/4 lb. cheese (shredded/block/cubed)
- 1 large bag tortilla chips or tortillas (small)
- 1 small container salsa
- double-burner Farberware electric stove
- 1 small sauce pan & 1 med/small cooking pan
* Brands and flavors of each ingredient will vary based upon personal preference. (Creativity is a great thing!)
My wife and I made this meal the other day while camping and loved it! We have been eating it for the past few days and have decided that it is definitely going on our “Top Favorite Camping Meals” list. It’s fast, filing, easy to make and tasty.
If you are camping outside, I recommend beginning this recipe a few hours before sundown. Not only will this strategy save you time, frustration, and cold fingers, it will also allow you plenty of time to enjoy your meal and wash dishes before it becomes too dark to see without a flashlight or lantern.
1.Turn both sides of the stove to medium high heat. Add a few tablespoons of water to both the saucepan and cooking pan before placing both pans on the stovetop.
2.Place ground beef into saucepan and stir occasionally until beef is completely browned. After the meat is finished cooking drain excess grease.
3. While the meat is cooking, empty entire can of refried beans into other hot pan. Stir beans frequently. Add cheese to taste (If you bought block cheese remember to break it up into smaller pieces so that they will melt more quickly into the beans). Stir beans and cheese semi-frequently until cheese is completely melted and beans are heated to the desired temperature.
* Optional: If you desire toasted tortillas place cooked ground beef into another container and clean and dry pan. Turn saucepan burner to high heat and place tortilla into hot pan. After the one side becomes brown flip tortilla and toast the other side the same way. Watch tortillas closely because they can burn easily. If they are browning too quickly, turn temperature down to whichever level is most appropriate to you and your cooking speed.
Place desired amount of cheesy beans, meat, and salsa unto pile of tortilla chips or into tortilla and serve while hot. Water goes great with this meal because the saltiness will make you thirsty. Enjoy!
Each dish can last a few days without refrigeration depending on how cold the weather is but we do not recommend this method if you can avoid it. Refrigeration is always the best method for food preservation.