Campfire Dutch Oven Gumbo Recipe

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Dutch Oven Gumbo Campfire Recipe – Camping For Foodies .com

Campfire Dutch Oven Gumbo Recipe

Soups, stews and recipes like this Campfire Dutch Oven Gumbo are great options to feed camping crowds. The ingredient list for this recipe is a bit longer than our usual meals but it’s the flavor layers that make this dish an all-time favorite. Our gumbo recipe is intended for a kick-back day of campfire tending and relaxed cooking at the campsite. Psst we’re compensated…see our disclosures.

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Camp Cooking Tip Layer Flavors And Feed Crowds With This Campfire Dutch Oven Gumbo Recipe - Camping For Foodies .com
Camp Cooking Tip Layer Flavors And Feed Crowds With This Campfire Dutch Oven Gumbo Recipe – Camping For Foodies .com

Campfire Dutch Oven Gumbo Recipe Ingredients

Heat Dutch oven over campfire and fry bacon

In large 12-inch deep Dutch Oven, over medium-high heat

  • 4 slices bacon, chopped in small pieces

Then add these and bring to a boil:

  • 3 pounds chicken thighs with bones
  • 1 pound andouille sausage
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 3 stalks chopped celery
  • 1 large green bell pepper, chopped
  • 28 oz. diced tomatoes (undrained)
  • 4 oz. can green chilies
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

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Simmer the gumbo

Slow simmer for 2 hours Note: you will probably have to reduce the heat from the campfire at first then you may have to add more firewood to maintain the temperature of the campfire in order to keep the gumbo slow simmering. All of this depends on your specific elevation and weather conditions so just monitor the gumbo and adjust your campfire as necessary.

Remove the chicken

Remove chicken from Dutch oven and let cool slightly to the touch, then remove meat from bones and add chicken back to the Dutch oven.

Camp Cooking Tip Use A Roux To Thicken Soups Stews And Campfire Meals Like This Gumbo - Camping For Foodies .com
Camp Cooking Tip Use A Roux To Thicken Soups Stews And Campfire Meals Like This Gumbo – Camping For Foodies .com

Make the roux

In hot cast iron skillet, add oil and flour then stir with wire whisk till well blended and roux starts to bubble (this will take about 5 minutes), then turn down heat by removing some campfire coals to maintain a medium heat. Keep stirring until the roux mixture starts to turn brown, keep LOWERING THE HEAT as the mixture continues to get deeper in color (if you don’t reduce the heat during cooking, the roux will burn). It can take 30 – 60 minutes to get the roux to the deep color you are looking for.

In a separate cast iron skillet, over campfire high heat combine these for the roux:

  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup all purpose flour

Add chicken stock

Once the roux is a brown color, slowly add the chicken stock stirring constantly.

  • 8 cups chicken stock

After the chicken stock is combined with the roux it will begins to boil. Once that has occurred, transfer it to the gumbo in the Dutch oven and combine till it simmers and make sure you are using Heat Resistant Gloves when handling hot cooking equipment.

Camp Cooking Tip For Campfire Dutch Oven Gumbo Recipe Use Heat-Resistant Gloves - Camping For Foodies .com
Camp Cooking Tip For Campfire Dutch Oven Gumbo Recipe Use Heat-Resistant Gloves – Camping For Foodies .com

Add the shrimp

Just before serving, add the shrimp and cook until no longer translucent

  • 1 pounds medium shrimp, peeled and deveined

Serve in bowl over rice

  • Rice, cooked
  • Fresh parsley, chopped
  • Crusty bread, on side

Prepare the rice according to package directions and make as many servings as necessary for the size of your crowd. Top with fresh parsley and crusty bread.

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I like to serve this Campfire Dutch Oven Gumbo Recipe when we are camping in cooler weather. That also means it may a bit breezy so I make sure to use Tablecloth Clamps to securely hold our tablecloth in place.

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We’ve got great camp cooking tips in these other posts:

 Funny Apron Cutting Mat Mat Set Shaker Set Fun Hammock

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Kim Hanna

Kim Hanna is the creator of Camping For Foodies®. On her blog, http://www.CampingForFoodies.com, she shares her passion for camping, hiking and cooking as well as living a balanced yet dream-pursuing life. Kim has appeared on several local TV networks, in magazines and at live special events as the ‘Modern Society Weekend Escape Expert’ she has become…inspiring others to unplug from their hectic lives one camp recipe at a time. She believes many adults are so consumed with their 24/7 connected lives that they don’t take time to enjoy nature and live in the moment. Kim gladly issues “permission slips” to adults who request them! She is a contributor to AZ Outdoor Magazine and has her own cooking segment on the Great Food Good Neighbors TV show. Kim is a Christian and lives in Phoenix with her husband and two cats.

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