Elevate your camping meals with our collection of 56 Delicious Dutch Oven Camping Recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert! Whether you’re a seasoned camper or a first-timer, these recipes are perfect for your next campout!
Dutch ovens are reliable and long-lasting camp cooking equipment any person who goes camping should own. Made of durable materials, like cast iron, they stand up really well to the high heat of cooking over an open flame or hot coals.
We love them because they’re so versatile! This one piece of equipment can be used for baking, roasting, frying, and stewing. Tight-fitting lids help seal in moisture and flavor, resulting in tender and juicy meats, stews, and soups. The even distribution of heat that you’ll get when you use a Dutch Oven means that food is cooked thoroughly and consistently. It also helps prevent hot spots and burning.
Plus, useful for cooking both small and large amounts of food for any meal! And bonus: cleanup is a snap with a Dutch oven because one-pot recipes make clean up a snap!
What you Need to Know about Cooking in a Dutch Oven
Not only can Dutch ovens make delicious main course meals, but they can even be used to bake things such as bread, cakes or even pies for a delicious treat while taking in the outdoors. There are so many delicious ways to enjoy Dutch oven camping recipes.
However – I’m not going to lie – cooking in a Dutch Oven over a campfire is a little intimidating! How do you know what the temperature is? How many coals do you use? How long will it take? What tools do you need? These are all questions I’ve been asking myself as we get ready to go camping. If you’re curious too, this post is for you.
Supplies You’ll Need for Cooking Dutch Oven Camping Recipes:
As with most things in life, preparation is key. Make sure you have the right supplies before you get started. Here’s what you’ll want:
What to Know about Cooking over a Fire in a Dutch Oven
A few tips will make your Dutch Oven cooking attempts more successful. Here’s what you need to know about cooking with a Dutch Oven:
Make sure to build enough time in your schedule to do the cooking. You’ll need to prepare the fire about 30 minutes before you want to cook, and most meals seem to take about an hour in the Dutch oven. The coals cook the meal, not the flames so make sure you have a pit for your Dutch Oven. If the campsite fire ring doesn’t have one, make one using rocks.
Make sure you’ve seasoned your Dutch oven at home before you use it! Cast iron takes a while to season, but once you do, cast iron is amazing. Clean-up is a breeze because the well seasoned cast iron pans are naturally non-stick. To season your cast iron at home, simply coat it with oil and bake it for an hour on a high heat, like 500 degrees. Let it cook, wipe it down, and you’re good to go.
How Many Briquettes to use to Cook your Dutch Oven Recipes
You’ll use briquettes to cook your Dutch Oven recipes. We use a 12″ Dutch Oven, so here is a coal temperature conversion chart. If you’re using a different size Dutch Oven, check out this handy conversion chart for more information.
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Delish Dutch Oven Camping Recipes for Your Next Camping Trip
Now that you’ve got some tips for cooking successfully with a Dutch Oven, here are 20 delicious recipes for your next camping trip. Including:
Dutch Oven Main Dish Dinner Recipes
Dutch Oven Soups & Stew Recipes
Dutch Oven Pasta Recipes
Side Dish Dutch Oven Camping Recipes
Dutch Oven Breakfast Recipes
Desserts in a Dutch Oven
Fabulous Dutch Oven Breakfast Recipes to Start the Day
Breakfast might just be my favorite camping meal. I often skip breakfast at home, but when were camping, I love the smells of the breakfast cooking over the campfire. The whole family enjoys waking up to the smell of bacon sizzling on the campfire.
There are so many great Dutch Oven breakfast recipes that you’ll need multiple camping trips to try them all! From hearty Mountain Man Breakfast Casserole to pancakes, cinnamon rolls, and more making breakfast in a Dutch oven while camping is a great way to make a delicious and satisfying meal.
Make sure you get the right ingredients and a creative attitude! These recipes will help you cook a breakfast to fuel your family for a great day of outdoor adventure!
Breakfast Dutch Oven Camping Recipes
Now that you've got some tips for cooking successfully with a Dutch Oven, here are some delicious breakfast recipes for your next camping trip. From eggs and bacon to hot cross bun pudding, we've put together a delicious list of ideas to get your cooking creativity flowing!
Even outdoors, you can enjoy wonderful snacks like these Dutch oven-glazed donuts, a perfect treat around the campfire. You can have them for breakfast, as a midday snack, or enjoy them in the evening for dessert. They are fun to make and delicious to eat.
This delicious cast iron Dutch oven bread pudding with blueberries is sure to please your family on your next camping trip! It’s warm, sweet, soft, buttery, and slightly crisp on the edges. It uses simple ingredients making it the perfect treat.
One of the highlights of camping is a gloriously puffed-up Parmesan, Fontina, and country ham-studded Dutch baby that arrives at the table to a chorus of oohs and aahs, then gets hit with an aromatic kiss of lemon juice and fresh horseradish.
French toast in a dutch oven? Yes, please! This recipe would make the perfect camping breakfast.
Cooking a meal in a Dutch oven is really a great way to elevate your camp cookout experience! Hopefully, you’re convinced that it’s a delicious and hearty way to prepare meals. It also adds an element of fun and adventure to camping!
Here’s a list of tasty Dutch oven camping recipes that we think are perfect for lunch or dinner.
Delicious Dutch Oven Recipes for Lunch or Dinner
You will enjoy these fabulous Dutch Oven camping recipes for lunch or dinner. Move over hot dogs and hamburgers - get a little more creative and inspired on your next campout!
Tougher cuts of meat, like chuck-eye turn meltingly soft, root vegetables make the stew rich and hearty, and a dollop of greek yogurt adds just the right amount of tang, to cut through the rich sauce and brighten the meal.
This recipe for Dutch Oven Beer and Sausage does not require a lot of ingredients or time. With a little work, it simmers nicely into a hearty and flavorful dinner. Excellent served with some warm bread and your favorite beer!
These Campfire Nachos can be made from a variety of fresh and/or canned ingredients, doesn’t require any specific culinary expertise to pull off, and can be eaten with your hands.
Delicious Dutch Oven Camping Desserts
It shouldn’t surprise you that a Dutch Oven is also perfect for making desserts! Thanks to the fantastic heat distribution abilities of the cast iron Dutch Oven, resulting in a perfectly cooked and delicious dessert!
Delicious fruit cobblers, cakes, bread pudding, and even elevated s’mores are all possible in the Dutch Oven! You definitely don’t want to forget dessert on your next camping trip. Here are a few of our favorite Dutch Oven camping dessert recipes!
Delicious Dutch Oven Camping Dessert Recipes Your Family Will Love
Now that you've got some tips for cooking successfully with a Dutch Oven, here are dessert recipes for your next camping trip. From chocolate to fruit to cakes and pies, we've put together a delicious list of ideas to get your cooking creativity flowing!
This is NOT one of our gourmet Dutch oven camping recipes, but it SURELY IS a super-simple dessert recipe that’s a sweet, gooey mess! This Dutch Oven Apple Dump Cake requires almost no effort and will satisfy your sweet tooth!
Inspired by strawberry shortcake this strawberry dump cake takes the key elements of a white cake and strawberries then converts it to a simple dessert. Dump cakes are a popular outdoor cooking dessert, particularly in Dutch ovens, due to their incredible ease to make. They are also a good combination of fruit and cake making a relatively balanced dessert.
This cake is made over a campfire in Dutch ovens but is definitely for the more adventurous and experienced outdoor cook. Be careful when working with the hot caramel sauce and the hot pans. Alternatively, it can be baked in cake tins.
Chocolate cakes are easily baked in a Dutch oven outdoors. To make them even better they can be decorated with a variety of chocolate and coconut themed additions to create a beautiful centerpiece for dessert.
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