15+ Easy Dutch Oven Mexican Recipes: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Got a taste for some south-of-the-border flavors? Try these delicious Dutch oven Mexican recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner! It’s one of my family’s favorite ways to prepare our camping food.

Dutch Oven Mexican Recipes by CampingForFoodies features a collage of food including enchiladas in a Dutch oven topped with melted yellow cheese and bright green cilantro, a breakfast burrito on a white tortilla set on a blue camping plate topped with golden brown crumbled sausage, bright green cilantro and a few dollops of white sour cream, a blue camping plate set on a log and topped with a ground beef Tex-Mex BBQ sandwich with yellow kernels of corn and bright green avocado slices, and a Dutch oven filled with golden brown chicken breasts in a red sauce sprinkled with bright green cilantro. Text over the image reads Dutch Oven Mexican Recipes.

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1. Dutch Oven Mexican Chicken

Dutch Oven Easy Mexican Chicken Recipe by CampingForFoodies features a black cast iron Dutch oven filled with a freshly baked meal of browned chicken breasts and rice in a Mexican sauce topped with green cilantro with text over the image that reads Mexican Chicken.

This is one of my easy camping meals. The flavor in this recipe comes from the spices. I mix and measure the chili powder, cumin, oregano and coriander at home so I just sprinkle it into the recipe as I cook at camp.

Fresh onion, garlic, canned chicken broth and prepared salsa round out the ingredients that are cooked with the chicken and rice. Fresh cilantro is always a nice finishing touch but it’s totally optional.

Chop leftovers into bite-size pieces, layer onto tortilla shells with cheese, then, toast or broil till golden brown to make quick quesadillas for lunch the next day.


2. Camping Breakfast Burritos

Breakfast Burrito Camping Recipe by CampingForFoodies features a sausage and egg breakfast burrito topped with sour cream and cilantro on a blue camping plate ready to be served at the campsite alongside a cast iron camp Dutch oven filled with the sausage and egg filling, all are sitting on a campfire grill grate in a campfire ring with text over the image that reads breakfast burrito camping recipe.

Hand-held burritos are a convenient way to start your day, no fork, knife, table or chair is required! These combine chorizo sausage, eggs, cheddar cheese, sour cream and cilantro in flour tortillas.

Looking for keto camping food options?

These Camping Burrito Bowls are made as a quick stovetop recipe. It’s a great option for low-carb eaters!


3. Dutch Oven Enchiladas

Cast Iron Dutch Oven Chicken Enchiladas by CampingForFoodies features a camp Dutch oven with baked chicken enchiladas in a red sauce covered with a golden yellow melted cheddar cheese and topped with bright green chopped cilantro all ready to be served at the campsite along with a cast iron Dutch oven lid in the background setting on a charcoal chimney and grey ash covered charcoals on the lid with text over the image that reads chicken enchiladas.

I like using rotisserie chicken in recipes like this but you can use any shredded meat. You’ll combine the meat, some enchilada sauce, onion and cheese together. Then, spoon the meat mixture on tortillas that you’ll roll and place in bottom of Dutch oven, top with more sauce and bake till bubbly and the cheese is melted. We like topping with fresh cilantro, sour cream and a little hot sauce. This is one of my husband’s favorite camping dinner recipes.


4. Dutch Oven Camping Tacos

Dutch Oven Camping Tacos by CampingForFoodies features a blue camping plate filled with ground beef hamburger tacos in hard shells topped with shredded cheddar cheese, cilantro, onions, tomatoes, guacamole and sour cream with a background of a forest with green trees and a campfire wood pile and text over the image that reads Dutch oven camping tacos.

These are the best tacos because they are so fast to prep and cook. You’ll brown ground beef and add a little taco seasoning. Then, spoon into hard taco shells and top with your favorite fixins’. The prep time is only about 5 minutes. Dinner will be on your table in about 20 minutes total time!

This is an easy recipe to scale down if you’re making camping meals for two. Just adjust the number of servings in the recipe card and the ingredient quantities will be adjusted for you.

It’s also easy to scale up if you need easy camping meals for large groups.


5. Diablo Sandwich Recipe

Homemade Diablo Sandwich by CampingForFoodies features a hot sandwich on a blue camping plate. The red and brown color hamburger is mixed with yellow corn, bright green cilantro and avocado slices. Text over the image reads Diablo Sandwich.

When you think of Mexican food you probably don’t think of sloppy joes but this Diablo Sandwich is a good reason to change your mind! This is a Tex-Mex style BBQ sandwich made with ground beef.

Diced jalapeno peppers, taco seasoning, fiesta style whole kernel corn and barbecue sauce are the main ingredients that produce the outstanding, slightly spicy flavor.

You can top with cheese, sour cream, red onion and avocado, if desired. Don’t forget to take the extra step to add a squeeze of lime juice (or any citrus) to avocado slices to maintain a nice bright green color!

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6. Campfire White Chili Recipe

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Chili is one of my favorite winter camping recipes because it is so warm and hearty. This white chili uses ground turkey and white beans as its base. You’ll add fresh garlic cloves, onion, some Mexican spices and a carton of chicken broth that produces the flavor-packed cooking liquid. Shredded Monterey jack cheese provides an additional layer of taste that creates an amazing end result.


7. Campfire Roast Beef

Campfire Roast Beef Dutch Oven Camping Recipe by CampingForFoodies is a Mexican flavored recipe with slices of roast beef, potatoes and colorful vegetables on a blue camping plate ready to be served with a background of the partially sliced beef sitting in a cast iron campfire Dutch oven on a grate over a campfire alongside a cast iron skillet with charred green beans, peas and carrots; the text over the image reads campfire roast beef.

The best part of making a big dinner is having leftovers! This beef chuck roast is cooked with potatoes to make a wonderful “Sunday supper” kind of meal. What makes it Mexican? You’ll add Mexican seasonings, canned fire roasted tomatoes and green chiles to this easy recipe that uses a low and slow cooking process in a 12-inch Dutch oven.

Camp Cooking Tip: I have a few delicious recipes that require 2-3 hours for cooking. In those instances you can prepare the food as one of my camp stove recipes or as one of my easy campfire recipes.

  1. My preferred method of fuel is to use campfire coals. It’s easy to keep a campfire going in a large ring that allows you to add wood to one side of the ring and pull coals as you need them for cooking to the opposite side of the ring.
  2. But, there are different ways of providing heat when you are just heating the bottom of the pot (compared to instructions that require top and bottom heat for baking). You can just place the bottom of the oven over your propane powered stove top.
  3. Alternatively, you can use charcoal briquettes. Here, you’ll need to estimate when you’ll need your next set of coals and light them early enough so they are ready on time. I like using a charcoal chimney starter because it is a fast, efficient way to light briquettes without using lighter fluid. Here’s a VIDEO and tips to show you how to use a charcoal chimney starter.

If you have leftovers, chop meat into small chunks, reheat, and stuff into soft corn tortillas for easy camping lunches or fast dinners.


8. Campfire Dutch Oven Latin Chicken

Latin Campfire Chicken by CampingForFoodies features a black cast iron camp Dutch oven in a campfire ring setting on a cooking grate filled with cooked chicken, sweet potatoes, red bell pepper, black beans and cilantro ready for serving at the campsite with a roaring campfire in the background with text over the image that reads Latin campfire chicken.

Oh my goodness, this simple recipe is so tasty and filled with nutrition! It has good carbohydrates, protein and fiber from chicken, black beans and sweet potatoes which are packed with potassium, vitamin C and A. It’s one of my favorite one pot camping meals.


9. Dutch Oven Nachos

Camping Nachos Dutch Oven Camping Recipe by CampingForFoodies is an image of campfire nachos cast iron Dutch oven pot with loaded nachos topped with melted cheese, fire roasted tomatoes, sour cream, black olives and cilantro. The Dutch oven is set on the stump of a log at a campsite on a bright sunny day.

These loaded nachos are meatless and can be served as an appetizer or a main dish. I like using a 12-inch standard-depth regular Dutch oven for these. You’ll layer tortilla chips with beans, onion, cheese and canned chile peppers, fire roasted tomatoes and black olives. Top and bottom medium heat will toast up the chips and melt the cheese in about 15 minutes.

This is one of my favorite vegetarian camping recipes.


10. Southwestern Dutch Oven Breakfast Casserole

Easy Southwestern Dutch Oven Breakfast Casserole Camping Recipe by CampingForFoodies

I like serving casseroles for breakfast so everyone can eat at the same time. The great tastes in this recipe come from using chorizo sausage and diced green chilies. The remaining ingredients are the standard ones you see in savory breakfast casseroles. Get all of our camping breakfast ideas.


11. Spicy Chicken And Corn Chili

Spicy Chicken And Corn Chili Camping Recipe With Food Requiring No Refrigeration by CampingForFoodies

It’s always nice to have options for non-refrigerated meals when you’re low on cold food storage space. This chili uses all non-perishable ingredients. Everything is canned or shelf-stable. The secret to making canned meals taste great is using lots of spices. Here you’ll use garlic powder, cumin, chili powder, oregano, salt, cayenne and black pepper.


12. Swedish Oven Pancake

Swedish Oven Pancake by CampingForFoodies features two slices of a golden-brown, oven-baked puffed pancake on a blue camping plate. One slice is topped with red salsa for a savory version of the recipe, the other slice is topped with melting butter and maple syrup. A glass syrup bottle is over the plate glistening in sunshine. Bright red strawberries garnish the bottom of the plate.
Swedish Oven Pancake by CampingForFoodies

A Swedish Oven Pancake is traditionally served with maple syrup but when we want a savory version, we skip the syrup and top with pico de gallo or our Sweet Onion Salsa.

Use our Dutch oven temperature chart if you need to determine how many coals you need to maintain a specific temperature for baking.


13. Dutch Oven White Chicken Chili

Cast Iron Dutch Oven White Chicken Chili Recipe by CampingForFoodies features a camp Dutch oven filled with creamy white chicken chili topped with fresh cilantro ready to be served at the campsite with text over the image that reads Dutch Oven White Chicken Chili.

Chili is one of my favorite Dutch oven camping recipes. That’s why I have quite a few chili recipes. This one is so velvety because it uses cream cheese to make it thick and creamy.


14. Make-Ahead Crockpot Pork Carnitas Recipe

One of my favorite ways to make a quick meal at camp is to use meat I’ve cooked at home. I make an easy carnitas recipe that uses a pork roast that I cook in slow cooker. For best results, use a bone-in or boneless pork shoulder, pork butt, Boston butt or pork loin. Don’t use pork tenderloin because that’s the best cut of meat that is best seared and grilled like a good quality steak.

  1. I place a 4-6 pound roast in my slow cooker, dump in a can of adobo peppers and their sauce, sprinkle in a little onion powder, garlic powder and toss in a bay leaf. Cook on low setting for a long time, about 10 hours.
  2. Shred the meat and prepare for storage by freezing in airtight containers for use on future trips. I label freezer bags with the contents, quantity and date so I can quickly identify it when I need it.
  3. At camp, I heat a cast iron Dutch oven over campfire coals. Then, pour a little oil in the bottom of the Dutch oven. As soon as the oil is hot, I add the shredded pork to the pot and stir it around until it’s hot. This creates a crispy carnitas texture. Heat small corn or flour tortillas, then top with a little meat and your favorite toppings.

15. Chicken Fajitas Freezer Meal

Chicken Fajitas Freezer Meal by CampingForFoodies features a blue camping plate holding a brown, whole-wheat tortilla topped with golden brown chicken fajitas, red and green peppers, shredded cheddar cheese, spicy red salsa and drizzles of white, creamy sour cream. A green jalapeno pepper sits at the side of the plate on a picnic table with a blue, flowing river in the background on a bright sunny day.
Chicken Fajitas Freezer Meal by CampingForFoodies

Prep & freeze at home. Defrost, dump and cook at camp. This quick dinner will be on your table in about 15 minutes!


16. Creamy Tacos

Creamy Taco Recipe by CampingForFoodies features a blue camping plate filled with a serving of creamy beef tacos. Corn tortilla chips are covered with browned ground beef and black beans in a thick brownish-orange cheesy sauce that’s topped with bright red diced tomatoes, sliced green onions and bright green cilantro.
Creamy Taco Recipe by CampingForFoodies

With simple ingredients and minimal prep work, these creamy beef tacos are an easy, tasty & fun one-pot camping meal.


Pairings For Mexican Cuisine

I like making simple camping side dishes for meals that don’t have all of the ingredients cooking together in a large Dutch oven.

Fresh Guacamole

Guacamole is so yummy, it’s one of my favorite camping snacks. I serve it as an appetizer with chips, but, I also serve it as a condiment on any type of chicken, beef or pork tacos.

This No Cook Fresh Guacamole Appetizer Camping Snack Recipe by CampingForFoodies is one of our favorite camping food snacks for summer! As avocados are in season, this is so easy and one of our best simple camping recipes snacks kids and families devour. It is one of our awesome appetizer ideas for camping pot luck parties too! Serve it as one snack in an entire spread or an appetizer to a yummy camping meal.

Easy No Cook Healthy Southwest Camping Salad

This salad is one of my easy make ahead camping meals that can be refrigerated up to 2 days before serving (which is great if you have enough cooler space), but, it’s so easy it can be thrown together in minutes at the campsite. Get all of our no cook camping meals.

Easy No Cook Healthy Southwest Camping Salad Recipe by CampingForFoodies is one of our simple optional make ahead camping recipes that is fast enough to make at the campsite and is a great cold side salad for summer camping, great vegetarian lunch or hearty camping dinner by adding a little protein and great for camping potluck side dishes too!

Mexican Three Bean Salad

Camping salads made with beans are great because they use mostly canned ingredients and no cooking is required. They are a great side for burgers and grilled meats.

Mexican Three Bean Salad Camping Recipe With Food Requiring No Refrigeration And No Cooking by CampingForFoodies

This recipe is also great for people on gluten-free diets. See all of our gluten free camping food ideas.


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