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45 Mouth Watering Dutch Oven Camping Recipes – PLUS eBook

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If you’re planning a camping trip and looking for delicious and easy-to-make meals, Dutch oven camping recipes are a fantastic option. These versatile cast-iron pots can be used to cook everything from stews and casseroles to bread and desserts, making them a must-have for any camping trip.

There’s nothing better than cooking in a dutch oven while camping and after years of full-time living on the road I can’t begin to tell you how many recipes we’ve tried but let’s just say it’s been a lot. Thankfully for you we’ve kept tabs on the cast iron dutch oven recipes that we’ve loved.

Not only do Dutch ovens make cooking outdoors a breeze, but they also allow for easy cleanup and can be used over an open fire, on a stove, or even in a conventional oven. So, whether you’re a seasoned camper or a first-timer, these Dutch oven camping recipes are sure to satisfy your hunger and impress your fellow campers.

If you’re new to dutch oven cooking or need help choosing the right dutch for you, have a look at our Dutch Oven Guide.


When it comes to camp oven recipes we’ve always enjoyed making a good hearty breakfast before tackling the days activities. On cool mornings it’s nice to have a fire going for everyone to warm themselves while enjoying a morning coffee.

5 Layer Dutch Oven Country Breakfast

dutch oven breakfast

If you are looking for a hearty breakfast that can serve a group this is the perfect go-to recipe.
This dutch oven country breakfast really does have 5 layers! Do you want to know what they are? Here’s a glimpse of what’s in this beast!  Ground sausage, hashbrowns, eggs, biscuits, and cheese!

Dutch Oven Mushroom Frittata

dutch oven mushroom frittata

Frittatas are basically an open faced omelette and a great way to use up some leftovers. A healthy protein rich meal that’s easy to make and healthy. We like to use a variety of leftover veggies, meats, and cheeses for a unique Dutch Oven breakfast.

Dutch Oven Breakfast Scramble

Dutch oven breakfast scramble

This dutch oven mountain man breakfast is the perfect recipe for those days when you’re going to be adventuring the area. It’s a hearty one that will provide you fuel for hours.  What I like about this breakfast is that you can roll the leftover fixings up into a breakfast burrito for your next day’s breakfast.

From Scratch Dutch Oven Cinnamon Rolls

dutch oven cinnamon rolls

When you’re looking for a sweet crowd pleaser you can’t go wrong with these campfire cinnamon rolls. Just remember they’ll need some time to rise before you cook them as these are a from scratch recipe. But trust me, it’s worth the extra time. You’ll be the camp hero with these delicious warm cinnamon rolls.

Dutch Oven French Toast

dutch oven french toast

French toast is one of my absolute favs! It’s not something I have very often at home but when we’re camping and enjoying our coffee there’s nothing better than the smell of cinnamon and vanilla french toast. French toast brings back so many memories from when I was a kid.

Dutch Baby In Cast Iron

dutch oven dutch baby

Can’t decide if you want crepes or pancakes for breakfast, go with a Dutch Baby breakfast! These are so good I’ll think you’ll be happy you did! They’re like an eggy fluffy pancake and when you top them with some fresh fruit or a good jam, they’re the bomb-diggity. One of our favorite camp dutch oven recipes.

Classic Campfire Dutch Oven Quiche

dutch oven quiche

A classic Quiche cooked in a Dutch Oven is one of our favorites. We love the variety of ingredients that can be used. With different types of cheese, veggies, and meats you can really let your creative juices flow with a Dutch Oven Quiche. Also a great dish to make vegetarian.

Dutch Oven Smoker and Grill Kit

Here’s an awesome new dutch oven accessory we just fell in love with!
We especially like the Hibachi style charcoal grill and pizza oven

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Sausage and Shrimp Cajun Jambalaya

dutch oven jumbalaya

This sausage and shrimp dutch oven recipe is one of our go-to’s while on the road. It’s packed full of yummy flavors and can simmer over the campfire for hours as you enjoy the company of friends. And the variety of ingredients are endless so be creative with this one.

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Cast Iron Dutch Oven Beef Stew

dutch oven beef stew

Thick and rich Dutch Oven Beef Stew cooked over the fire will always be a classic. While enjoying time with friends around the fire this easy to make dish simmers for over an hour for tender meat and flavors that meld harmoniously together.

No Boil Baked Ziti With Sausage and Basil

dutch oven baked ziti

I’m always on the hunt for no boil baked pasta recipes, when you’re camping or cooking outdoors it’s so much easier to toss everything in your dutch oven and let it bake. 
This delicious no-boil Dutch Oven pasta dish couldn’t be easier. The Ziti pasta noodles bake in a rich pasta sauce with ricotta cheese and your choice of meet. The noodles absorb all these wonderful flavors creating a rich tasting pasta that is like no other.

Dutch Oven Travel Bag – A Must Have Accessory

As well all know (or some of you may not) cooking over an open flame can cause a mess on the outside of pots and pans.  We love using a dutch oven travel bag to store our dutch oven away after we’re done cooking.  We live in a van so the last thing we want is black stuff all over our belongings.

Check out our Dutch Oven Store for more great Dutch oven Accessories

Dutch Oven Whiskey Braised Short Ribs

dutch oven campfire short ribs

Paired with a scoop of mashed potatoes these fork tender short ribs are intense with flavor. Deglazing with whiskey gives this dish a unique and rich flavor that you won’t believe you made over the campfire.

No Boil Dutch Oven Spaghetti and Meatballs

dutch oven spaghetti meatball

An easy one-pot Dutch Oven spaghetti and meatball dish where you don’t even have to boil the noodles. Pair with some hot garlic bread and this simple classic will be a favorite of the entire family. This is one of our favorite Dutch Oven recipes for camping!

Dutch Oven Enchiladas

dutch oven enchilada

Nothing says fiesta like these dutch oven enchiladas.  Making enchiladas over a campfire is the perfect way to entertain a crowd. These are cheesy, saucy, and spicy!

A Favorite Camping Dutch Oven Recipes – Pizza

dutch oven pizza

Just because you’re camping doesn’t mean you can’t have a delicious cheesy pizza made over a campfire. This simple dutch oven pizza recipe is quick and easy for when you’re short on time and looking to please a crowd.
The creative ingredient options are endless in making a pizza and the best part is everyone can make their own just how they like it.
This is one of our favorite camping dutch oven recipes.

Dutch Oven Nachos

dutch oven nachos recipe

Our go-to food when we’re looking for a yummy snack or even a full meal is nachos. You can put so many amazing toppings on them to really take them to the next level.  If I were you I’d prepare these as a happy hour snack along with a yummy cocktail.
One of our favorite dutch oven campfire recipes.

Dutch Oven Chili

dutch oven chili

Nothing says comfort food like a yummy chili prepared over an open campfire. This dutch oven chili recipe is thick and hearty with a rich and flavorful tomato base.  
It’s super easy to make in a dutch oven but it can also be made using a camp stove, RV stove or a crockpot for the van lifers like us! Don’t forget the cornbread!

Dutch Oven Beef Stroganoff

dutch oven strogonoff

Not sure about you but beef stroganoff is a recipe that takes me back to my roots. Making a beef stroganoff dinner is the perfect hearty meal for camping, it’s even perfect for making on your first attempt at a dutch oven dinner. It’s easy and quick to make requiring only simple ingredients.

Don’t spill your Dutch Oven Masterpiece

Don’t forget that you’ll need a tool to get your hot dutch oven off of the open flame. Some people like to use gloves like these or a dutch oven lid lifter.  Personally, I recommend both of these tools.

Rice With Sausage and Black Beans

camp fire dutch oven cooking

When we’re spending time in our van we are always looking for simple dinner ideas that don’t take too much effort. This is a great one that will make enough food that you can have some for your next days’ lunch!

Camping Dutch Oven Recipes with Chicken

Dutch Oven Southwest Chicken

dutch oven southwest chicken recipe

It’s nice to have easy to make meals when you are out camping. Let’s face it living in a van, RV’ing or enjoying the outdoors shouldn’t require you slaving in a kitchen for hours. That’s why we love cooking in our dutch oven.
I think you’ll really enjoy this Southwestern chicken casserole it’s easy to make, delicious and hearty!

Whiskey BBQ Dutch Oven Chicken

dutch oven bbq chicken

This from-scratch Whiskey Chicken BBQ cooks great over the fire in a Dutch Oven. The cast iron pot produces a rich caramelized BBQ making this a truly unique and delicious main dish.

Dutch Oven Chicken and Dumplings

dutch oven chicken and dumplings

If you’re looking for one of those wholesome home-cooked meals while you’re on the road, chicken and dumplings is it. This recipe is super easy to make, just get yourself a couple tubes of pre-made biscuits to save yourself from having to make them from scratch.

Dutch Oven Chicken Pot Pie

Dutch Oven Chicken pot pie

A Dutch Oven is the best way to make this rich and creamy chicken pot pie topped off with flaky biscuits. An absolute classic that everyone will love. You can make this from-scratch or go for the frozen veggies and pre-made biscuit dough for a quick and easy one-pot Chicken Pot Pie. We will be showing you a mix with some fresh veggies but with pre-made biscuit dough. Feel free to substitute in your favorite biscuit recipe.

Dutch Oven Chicken Marbella

dutch oven chicken marbella

Enjoy a gourmet campfire experience that is sweet and savory but without any of the work. The Mediterranean Chicken Marbella uses chopped prunes and olives to create this magical sauce that’s combined with chicken for a slow bake. One of our favorite outdoor dutch oven recipes.

Cast Iron Chicken and Veggies

dutch oven chicken and vegetables

A healthy and simple one-pot chicken recipe that is great with a variety of vegetables. The browned chicken is simmered in broth while the vegetables take on the delicious flavor from the broth and seasoning. A great way to use up those extra veggies you have on hand.

Dutch Oven Pulled Chicken BBQ Sandwich

dutch oven bbq pulled chicken sandwich

Summertime is all about ease! That’s why this dutch oven chicken sandwich is perfect for your open fire cooking. We love making these after a long bike ride while we’re sipping on a cold IPA at camp.
These are super easy with a prep time of 15 minutes and a cooking time of 1 hour. What better way to enjoy your happy hour than cooking an easy chicken sandwich.

Red Beans and Rice – Vegetarian or With Sausage

dutch oven red beans and rice

Eating healthy while camping or on the road can be difficult, especially with limited refrigeration. This bean and rice recipe can be a vegetarian dish or you can add sausage if you’re craving some extra protein.

Bratwurst With Apple Sweetened Onions

Dutch oven bratwurst and sweet onions

A classic Bratwurst and Onion recipe but with the added sweetness of apples. Take an already delicious dish and add just a touch of sweetness with the apples for an incredible twist on a Bavarian staple.

Pork Chile Verde

dutch oven pork chili verde

This pork chili is a great alternative to your traditional chili while you’re on the road or camping. This one is packed with tomatillos and green chiles, perfect for a hot campfire meal.


Vegan Lentil Soup

dutch oven vegan lentil soup

An easy to make vegan lentil soup that’s rich with flavor and good for you. While it is simple, don’t be fooled into thinking this is a boring soup. The mouthwatering spices, lentils, and that splash of fresh lemon juice make this soup pop.

Download a copy of our recipe e-Book featuring all of the recipes listed here. Stores easily on any device for quick reference or make a print copy.

Sweet Potato Peanut Stew

dutch oven sweet potato and peanut stew

A great hearty and healthy meal for your next road trip in your van or RV. This can be made in a dutch oven or on your stovetop. I love all the nutrient-rich ingredients making this a house favorite campfire Dutch Oven recipe.

Dutch Oven Mac and Cheese

dutch oven mac and cheese

This quick, easy, and super cheesy recipe is perfect for campfire cooking. It’s loaded with creamy, buttery and cheesiness all in one dish. Yum, I love good comfort food like mac & cheese. This is a great meal for lunch leftovers the next day and will be a hit with both children and adults.

Sometimes cooking in a dutch oven can be a chore to clean if you’re cooking something like this Cheesy Mac and Cheese Recipe. If you’re looking for a no fuss way to clean your dutch oven. Check out these dutch oven liners. These make cleaning your oven quick and easy.

Dutch Oven Vegetarian Jambalaya

vegetarian jambalaya

If you’re looking for something hearty, comforting, AND healthy the next time you’re out camping, you need to try this vegetarian jambalaya. This is the perfect meatless meal that is nutrient-rich.

Vegetarian Dutch Oven Lasagna

Dutch Oven Vegetarian lasagna

I know the meat-lovers may disagree and say that lasagna isn’t lasagna without some meat! However I disagree, I’m all about packing my lasagna full of yummy veggies. For me the more vegetables the better! Full of spinach, mushrooms, squash, and of course cheese, this one-pot meal is delicious and healthy.


Dutch Oven Zucchini Bread

dutch oven zucchini bread

If you’re cooking this sweet-smelling zucchini bread in a campground you’re sure to have some fellow campers come to visit. This is a delicious recipe made with fresh zucchini and baking spices such as cinnamon and clove. 

From Scratch Dutch Oven Corn Bread

dutch oven from scratch corn bread

This tender, moist and hearty cornbread is so yummy. The smokey taste from cooking it over the open flame of a campfire gives it a flavor like no other. Made from scratch with cream corn makes for a very moist corn bread.

No-Knead Dutch Oven Bread

campfire dutch oven bread

If you’re looking for a super simple bread recipe that only requires 4 ingredients and no-kneading- this is perfect.  All you “knead” 😉 to make this is flour, water, yeast, and salt.  Can’t get much easier than that!

Dutch Oven Cheesy Garlic Bites

dutch oven cheesy garlic bites

I don’t know about you, but for me, there are two things in life that I love. One is cheese and another is garlic. These cheesy garlic bites are perfect for camping and they are so easy. If you are making these for a crowd I guarantee you that your friends won’t be able to resist the wait to reach in and pull off a cheesy piece of heaven. 

Dutch Oven Pumpkin Bread

I love bread. Crusty bread, french bread, sourdough bread, and quick bread. If I had to pick a sweet bread it would be pumpkin bread, followed closely behind by banana bread.
That’s why this dutch oven pumpkin banana bread is one of my go-to recipes. It’s full of flavor and is soft, moist, and feeds six to eight people!

Mediterranean Sun-Dried Tomato, Olive and Feta

Mediterranean Bread rolls with Kalamata Olives and Feta
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After our most recent trip to Greece and Albania, I’ve developed a huge hankering for Mediterranean flavors.  There is something about feta and olives that I just can’t get enough of. This is a perfect bread with a spaghetti dish or even served by itself with some olive oil.


No dutch oven camping meals would be complete without a dessert. So grab your cast iron camp oven and let’s get cooking.

Dutch Oven Peach Cobbler

dutch oven peach cobbler

Want an easy and delicious cobbler that you can be made in your oven or while out camping? This peach cobbler is it! I honestly can’t think of a better dessert to make over an open flame.
Nothing says dutch oven dessert like this peach cobbler.

Easiest Dutch Oven Pineaple Upside-Down Cake Ever

dutch oven pineapple upside down cake

Dutch oven pineapple upside down has been our go-to for YEARS. This is nearly foolproof and dependably crowd-pleasing; you’re guaranteed to have an appetizing dessert for your gathering.

Dutch Oven S’mores Cake

dutch oven s'mores cake

Do you guys love s’mores? Or do you have kids that say camping isn’t camping without the s’mores? This 10-minute dutch oven s’mores cake is a fun spin on the classic s’more. The great thing about this recipe is if you buy double the ingredients you’ll have enough stuff for roasting s’mores the next night!

Cast Iron Cherry Chocolate Lava Cake

cherry chocolate lava cake

If you’re a person who loves chocolate and cherries in your dessert this may the perfect dessert for you.  This recipe is made with five simple ingredients that are all dumped into the Dutch oven together.

Cast Iron Easy Brownies

cast iron brownies

If you’re looking for a super simple eggless dessert that only requires three ingredients check this one out. You could even skip the chocolate chips, but your brownies will be much more cake-like and not fudgy.

Clean Your Dutch Oven The RIGHT Way

Did you know that you should NOT use soap to clean your dutch oven? It’s true!  Dutch ovens need to be seasoned they like that grease you use to cook with. So if you’re looking for a good tool to keep your dutch oven clean. We recommend you use this fancy scrubber

If you are new to Dutch Oven Cooking seasoning your oven so that it’s non-stick is essential. Our Dutch Oven beginners guide cover proper seasoning techniques to make cleanup easy.

Hope You Enjoyed Our Camp Oven Recipes

Now it’s time to start tackling these dutch oven camp recipes. There’s nothing better than sitting around a fire and enjoying the company of friends and family while your food is cooking in this amazing oven!

With a little practice and a bit of creativity, you can whip up tasty and satisfying meals that are sure to be a hit around the campfire.

Download a copy of our Camp Dutch Oven recipe e-Book featuring all of the recipes listed here. Stores easily on any device for quick reference or make a print copy.

If you’re looking for additional recipes to cook over an open flame don’t miss our foil-packed recipes post that is full of more yummy recipes to cook in the outdoors.
These are easy to prepare ahead of time and make cleanup a breeze.

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What can you cook in a dutch oven camping?

The options are endless from pizza and breads to soups and desserts.

How to cook with a dutch oven camping?

Cooking with a dutch oven is all about getting the temperature right. For beginners I recommend using charcoal instead of cooking over an open fire since it’s easy to control temperatures.

Is a Dutch oven worth it for camping?

Dutch Ovens are a great way to prepare a lot of food in a single pot. They are very forgiving and can handle a lot of temperature variation making them ideal for cooking in when you want to spend time with friends and family.

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Written by Jill Wheeler

Hi there! I’m Jill, a full-time travel blogger and passionate adventurer. I left the 9-to-5 grind to embrace the nomadic travel lifestyle and have never looked back. I love immersing myself in diverse cultures, and through my stories, photos, and tips, I hope to inspire others to embark on their own adventures. When I’m not exploring the world, you’ll find me skiing, mountain biking, or tasting the culture of breathtaking locations.

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