Chimineas were invented in Mexico in the 17th century. The original chimineas were pumpkin-shaped clay ovens used to bake bread. The bottom of the chiminea was wide with a large opening in the front and the chiminea had a 3-foot tall chimney. Once the coals were hot, food was placed directly on the coals using either a large metal sheet (for baking bread) or food was threaded on skewers.
Today, most chimineas are manufactured using cast iron and come with a grill that can slide out. Whether you have a cast iron chiminea or a traditional clay chiminea, you can cook delicious meals using the following chiminea cooking tips. Read more