This article has been sponsored by the Rain Forest Hostel and all opinions belong to nailtravels. Welcome to Camping on the Cheap: Chili Tortilla Recipe. Sometimes it’s important to be able to travel without spending a ton of money. That means sleeping in the front of your vehicle in rest areas, learning to camp without ice, and knowing how to cook a fine meal for just a few bucks. This recipe comes from the Graves Creek Campground in the Olympic Peninsula of Washington but it tastes just as good when made up anywhere.
This recipe and the money to buy came just in the nick of time. We had just about finished all of Thunderbird’s roadkill elk and everyone was getting sick of potatoes. Hunting grouse had been a complete failure and we’d had no luck finding fish in the creek. Times were getting a mite hard and we were due to make a run to the Amanda Park general store. Not too shabby.
Majestic mountains, drenching storms, lush, dense vegetation help make the Olympic Rain Forest the “emerald jewel” of the Pacific Northwest’s temperate rain forests. The Olympic Rain Forests are just part of the global web of temperate rain forests found around the world.
Temperate Rain Forests:
- Mild, moist climate mostly affected by the ocean
- Over 100 inches of rain and fog-drip per year
- Multi-layered forest comprised of mostly needle-leaf trees
- Abundant mosses, lichen, fungi, and epiphytes
- Large amount of standing dead and fallen trees
- oil (canola, lard, Crisco, truffle oil)
- corn or flour tortillas
- can of Rotel tomatoes
- can of chili with meat and beans
- can of corn
- can of diced chicken (optional)
- Tony Satcheries
- Heat a small amount of oil in a skillet
- crisp tortillas for a few minutes on each side
- set aside
- Mix Rotel tomatoes and chili in saucepan
- heat until ready
- serve over tortillas
We used both corn and flour tortillas for this recipe due to the fact we were frying them. The can of chicken can be added but if you’re really traveling on the cheap, it might be better to save the chicken and have protein for another meal. At the general store in Amanda Park has everything you need and sells 40 flour tortillas for seven bucks.
When considering the oil in the recipe, stay away from butter or other ingredients that need to be refrigerated. At first we used leftover chicken grease and black truffle oil, which works fine in a pinch. Crisco or lard travels well and holds up in all kinds of weather.
As moisture filled clouds move inland, they release more than 12 feet of rain annually on the western slopes of the Olympic mountains. As elevation increases, more precipitation is released. On the east side of the Olympic Peninsula, the moisture-depleted clouds provide much lower rainfall, less than 20 inches per year in the “rain shadow”.
If you’re stopping for a night near Ruby Beach, swing in and stay a spell with Mr. Jimmy at the Rain Forest Hostel, the newest member of the nailtravels family. For ten bucks a night, or whatever you can spare, Jimmy will provide you with a warm bed, great conversation and soft guitar music. He will insist on giving you his ten minutes on Bernie Sanders and then everyone is expected to volunteer for fifteen minutes the next day to help out around the house. It’s not too much to ask and we ended up hauling stumps from the forest that would soon be split and used to build a monster wall of wood for the wet winter. If you’re in the neighborhood, just down the road, check out Ruby Beach around sunset for a spectacular view.