Dutch Oven Recipes

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Cooking with a dutch oven is a great way to prepare a meal for your family while camping. Here are our favorite delicious and easy recipes the whole family will love.

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A dutch oven is a great part of your camp kitchen – they are easy to use, versatile, and will last a lifetime. They are made for cooking outdoors.

While they are hefty and take up space and weight in your camp kitchen box, they are worth their weight in gold by how versatile and tough they are and how they allow to cook enough food to feed your family. Make sure you add yours to your family camping packing list!

Cooking with Dutch Ovens

Dutch ovens are cast iron pots with lids that are made for cooking with charcoal. They come in many different styles, so make sure you get the ones that have the features you need.

  • Dutch Oven Legs – Some versions have flat bottoms are are best for using on top of a grill rack or solid surface. Other versions have little legs on them that allow you to place coals directly under the pot.
  • Dutch Oven Lids – Some versions have rounded lids that are best used for hanging over a fire or used inside an oven. Using a dutch oven with a flat lid will allow you to place coals on top of top of the dutch oven and control the cooking better.

*Note: For outdoor cooking we do not recommend using enameled dutch ovens.

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If you are new to using cast iron, definitely check out this guide on how to clean and maintain cast iron for all the tips and tricks on keeping yours in tip top shape.

Dutch Oven Recipes for Families

Here are our favorite dutch oven recipes to add to your camping meal plan.

Dutch Oven Bread Pudding with Blueberries

This easy and comforting dish is perfect for dessert or breakfast. Warm, buttery, slightly crisp on the edges and the pop of fresh blueberries make this a treat you will love.

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Dutch Oven Chicken

This is easy-to-make comfort food. Tender chicken and caramelized onions are topped with nutty poppy seeds and a crunchy, buttery cracker topping.

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Dutch Oven Zucchini Bread

Zucchini bread is a great recipe to enjoy for breakfast while camping. Warm, freshly baked bread with warm spices and zucchini.

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Campfire Chicken Enchiladas

These chicken enchiladas are easy and delicious meal to have while camping. Filled with veggies, chicken, beans, and covered with cheese.

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Dutch Oven Monkey Bread

Monkey bread is a delicious breakfast or dessert for families while camping!

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Campfire Lasagna with Sausage

Comforting lasagna is made easy in this dutch oven version cooked over the fire. A perfect family meal for a crisp cool day.

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Dutch Oven Peach Cobbler

One of the most popular and easy desserts for camping trips, this peach cobbler is absolutely delicious!

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Dutch Oven Jambalaya

YES, you can make jambalaya while camping! This easy recipe packs in the flavor!

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Dutch Oven Baked Spaghetti

This prep at home meal comes together quickly and is a delicious comforting meal everyone will love.

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Dutch Oven Carnitas

This easy and delicious recipe will have you craving to go camping just so you can eat this meal!

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Dutch Oven Upside Down Pineapple Cake

This easy camping dessert is nearly fool-proof and loved by everyone!

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Campfire Nachos

A favorite food made easy right at your tent site! This recipe is so versatile and easy, you will want to make it again and again!

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Dutch Oven Chicken Cacciatore

Dutch Oven Chicken Cacciatore is a very healthy and easy meal to make, full of mushrooms, bell peppers and kalamata olives. It makes a hearty camping meal or an easy weeknight dinner.

Looking for more family friendly camping recipes? Check out our camping breakfast ideas and camping snacks for kids.

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