The Best Dutch Oven Recipes for Camping
Cooking recipes aren’t usually one-size-fits-all, but with these dutch oven camping recipes, it’s easy! From beginner to pro, we’ve got you covered.
Preparing tasty family meals on a camping trip can be challenging. Coming up with creative ways around your limited resources, and getting everyone involved in the meal prep, can make dinners at the campsite difficult.
That’s why in this post we’ll be sharing with you some of our favorite simple dutch oven camping recipes that the whole family will love.
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These camping meals are quick, easy and fun to make, giving you and your family a chance for bonding together over some great food.
Classic Sausage/Ham and Eggs
Sausage, ham, and eggs don’t have to be just breakfast foods. Switch things up with this savory breakfast-for-dinner dutch oven recipe.
- ½ lb. of sausage/ham
- Bell Pepper (diced)
- Medium Onion (chopped)
- 1 1/2 dozen eggs or 1 carton of egg mixture
- Preferred cooking grease
- Salt and pepper (as needed)
1. Dice and chop bell pepper and onions, and set aside.
2. Chop sausages or ham into smaller chunks for easy biting.
3. When dutch oven is medium hot with grease, add sausages to brown.
4. Stir occasionally with care to avoid breaking them.
5. Before they are done, add pepper and onions to your seasoning.
6. Leave to sauté until onions are clear, then spoon out excess grease to prepare for eggs.
7. Pour in scrambled eggs to evenly cover the surface.
8. Once firm, fold over or scramble to cook sides well enough.
9. Serve as is or with your preferred adding.
Creamy Chicken and Rice
Convince yourself and your family members that you’re the best cook there is with this satisfying chicken and rice dish.
- 2 cups, medium grain rice
- 1 ½ lbs. boneless, skinless chicken thigh (cut into bite-sized chunks)
- 4-5 cups of chicken broth
- 2 large carrots (grated or cut into small strips)
- 1 large onion (diced)
- 1 head of garlic
- ¼ cup of olive oil
- 3-4 tbsp. unsalted butter (divided)
- ¼ tsp black pepper freshly ground
- ¼ cup fresh Italian parsley (chopped)
- ½ cup shredded parmesan cheese
- ¼ tsp. ground black pepper
- Salt (as needed)
1. Place your dutch oven over heat until it’s at medium heat.
2. Add olive oil and 2 tbsp. of butter and leave to melt.
3. Pour in diced onions, carrots, ¼ tsp. of salt, stir and leave to sauté until vegetables soften and are a light, golden color.
4. Add chicken and ¼ tsp. of pepper and salt.
5. Saute and stir chicken occasionally until all pieces are an even golden color.
6. Add chicken broth, increase heat until it is boiling then stir in the rice.
7. Chop off the head of your garlic to expose its cloves and set head down in the center of your boiling rice.
8. Reduce contact with heat so the rice can cook fully with lower heat.
9. Once your rice is fully cooked, remove the garlic cloves and quickly add 2 tbsp. of butter. Be sure to stir it all in quickly.
10. Stir in chopped parsley and parmesan cheese. Your result should be creamy goodness!
11. Serve while hot.
Easy Cheesy Pizza
Make a large size dutch oven pizza with your kids and have fun mixing different toppings as you choose. You can even have a topping competition, and see whose side comes out yummier!
- 8-10 oz. pizza dough
- 1 tbsp. flour, 1 tbsp. cornmeal
- Your favorite toppings. Some of our best combos include:
- Mozzarella + Black olives + Mushrooms + Tomato sauce
- Mozzarella + Chicken + Cilantro + Red Onions + BBQ sauce
- Goat cheese + Fresh Basil + Sliced tomatoes + Prosciutto + Olive oil
1. Once your coal/charcoal is hot enough, preheat your dutch oven to about 450. Place up to 10 pieces of charcoal on the top of your dutch oven for even heating.
2. Roll out your dough on your cutting board. You probably don’t have a rolling pin so a water bottle or wine bottle should do the job.
3. Dust a wide enough piece of parchment paper with cornmeal and transfer the dough to the paper. Make sure to go over the dough with a fork to avoid air bubbles.
4. Spread your toppings evenly over your dough.
5. Remove the dutch oven from the coals, open and carefully place the parchment paper (with your pizza) inside.
6. Cover and return to coal to cook until crust is golden.
Here are a few other creative campfire pizza recipes you can try out!
Dutch Oven Nachos
Try this dutch oven camping nacho recipe for an easy-to-make vegetarian meal your family will enjoy.
- ½ lbs. tortilla chips
- 1 cup of shredded cheese
- 1 large avocado (chopped)
- 4 green onions (chopped)
- 1 can of black beans (drained)
- Fresh cilantro (chopped)
- Small lime
- 1 can/8 oz. hot tomato sauce
- 1 tbsp. neutral flavored oil
1. Grease the bottom of dutch oven, and cover the surface evenly to prevent sticky nachos.
2. Spread one-third of your chips over inside your dutch oven for the first layer.
3. Divide your toppings into three parts also, and use one-third to cover the first layer. Repeat the same process for your second and third layer.
4. Once all layers are completed, cover the dutch oven and place above or beside your charcoal or campfire. Avoid direct contact with fire by using a grill if you have one.
5. While waiting for the cheese to melt, cut up the lime into wedges.
6. After 10 minutes of cooking, take out nachos and serve with lime wedges.
Braised Chicken, Beans and Greens
A healthy dinner is needed after a day of some outdoor fun. This dutch oven camping recipe is for a quick, delicious and nutritious meal. If you’re thinking braised chicken takes too long…this one won’t!
- 1 ½ lb. chicken (in pieces)
- 2 cups chicken broth (low sodium)
- 1 can cannellini beans (drained)
- A bunch of kale
- 1 medium onion (chopped)
- 2-3 cloves of garlic (chopped)
- ¼ tsp. ground black pepper
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- ½ tsp dried thyme
- ¼ tsp. salt
- Zest of half a lemon, grated
- Grated parmesan cheese to serve
1. Season chicken evenly with salt and pepper.
2. Heat oil in dutch oven, add in chicken and stir occasionally until all sides are brown.
3. Remove chicken from oil then add in onions, garlic, thyme, salt, and pepper. Sauté for 5 minutes.
4. Add in chicken, chicken broth and ¼ tsp. of salt, cover and simmer. Leave the chicken to cook for 10-15 minutes.
5. In that time, wash and chop kale into small bite-sized pieces.
6. Remove chicken again, pour your kale and beans into dutch oven and simmer (uncovered) for 7-9 minutes or until kale is soft.
7. Shred chicken, remove its bones and skin.
8. Once ready, stir chicken into pot along with lemon zest, season as needed and serve with cheese.
What’s dinner without dessert?!
This s’mores cake recipe is an adaptation of Melissa’s, a creative food blogger who knows how to have fun with her dutch oven camping recipes. You can view her original recipe here.
If you love s’mores but don’t want the sticky, messy trouble they come with, bake them into a cake!
- Pre-baked food cake
- 1-2 packs of Graham crackers
- 6 chocolate bars (preferably Hershey’s)
- 1 large bag of marshmallows
1. Tear up food cake and pour into your dutch oven.
2. Break up your graham crackers and cover the cake layer.
3. Make another layer using the chocolate bars, broken up.
4. Cover the entire surface with marshmallows.
5. Place a grill over your fire and put your dutch oven over it once heated.
6. Cook until marshmallows are slightly melted together and golden.
7. Take it off the grill and serve.
More interested in making original s’mores at the campsite? Check out these 15 Creative S’mores Ideas.
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