Father's Day Disco

For Father's Day with my dad, we invited my family to our house for a Disco. No, I'm not talking about dancing, although my youngest did bring home a disco ball from a recent birthday party.

The Disco we're talking about is cooking outdoors in a shallow pan, a cooking method popular in Mexico and South America. The particular pan we were using was actually made from a discer (farm implement), with a few modifications for cooking! We cooked over a propane element, but you could also make this over an open fire, or in a frying pan or wok on the stove.

Here is the recipe, for which we are grateful to Pam for sharing:

Disco Recipe
Cook until just beginning to brown:
1/4 pound bacon, cut in 1/2 inch pieces

Add and cook until golden and soft:
1 medium onion, chopped
2-3 cloves garlic, minced

Add (don't bother draining anything in cans--just dump it all in) and cook until chicken is tender and the whole thing has cooked down to a good tortilla-tolerant consistency:
1 large can diced tomatoes
1 medium can beans (any kind: black, kidney, pinto)
1 small can diced mild green chilies
2 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut in 1 inch cubes
1 green pepper, diced (we substituted corn this time)
1 teaspoon salt
2-3 teaspoons ground cumin
2-3 teaspoons ground coriander
3-4 teaspoons chili powder
optional: cilantro

Serve in tortillas with your favourite toppings: grated cheese, guacamole, sour cream, lettuce, etc.

Cooking outdoors always helps build a healthy appetite, and we were savouring the aromas for about 1 hour before it was ready. It was well worth the wait--delicious!


  1. someone else was telling me about discos -- sounds like fun. where do you get the propane element?

  2. that's neat! i was just watching a cooking show but they were in sweden and using something like this- looks fun!

  3. that looks like so much fun and delicious too!!! it makes we want to go camping!!

  4. my mouth is watering! what a fun way to cook outdoors....i've never seen a pan like this before! :)

  5. My husband tells me the elements are available commercially and the pans were custom made for his previous boss; both were given to his workplace as a gift.

    This would be great with so many other foods as well--I'd love to take this camping!


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