Best Camp Meal 2014

IMG_4856 Recent camping-meal move: fire-pit nachos.

I made them after the longest, funnest day of wandering through woods and swimming in cold, sun-glimmering waters. I did not take a picture of them, though (I'm not programmed to "food-Gram" for some reason).

Yes, yes, food when you're camping always tastes better. All that fresh air, et cetera. But! I'm gonna argue here that these nachos are legitimately good (the Monterey Jack melts ungodly smooth/creamy, and that Trader Joe's Taco Mix kicks). They're also hecka easy. I mean all the shit below travels well. And the campfire inferno toasts and browns and bubbles things in wonderful—if unexpected ways.

In conclusion, I would like to say that this meal is, for those who care, my new campfire jam for the rest of summer ’14.

What you need:

1 can of black beans

1 brick of Monterey jack cheese

1 pack of Trader Joe's Taco Seasoning Mix

1 can of Trader Joe's Black Olives

1 bag of tortilla chips

1 pan (that you don't mind getting all covered with campfire soot)

1 giant piece of aluminum foil

camp nachos

What you do:

Mix together the black beans and, like, half the taco mix.

Chop the cheese and olives.

Pile everything onto a metric ton of chips spread evenly over a baking sheet.

Cover completely with tin foil.

Get some good embers going, and cook on a grill over the fire for as long as it takes to get things where yo want ’em, melting and toasting-wise (for us, maybe 10 mins? but every fire is different ya know).