Dutch Oven Pizza Camping Recipe: Fun, Tasty Batter-Based Crust

This pizza is one of our most popular Dutch oven camping recipes, for good reason! Doing a homemade pizza out in the wilderness might seem like a challenge a bit too lofty but this one is a breeze! The secret to this Dutch Oven Pizza Camping Recipe: ditch the traditional yeast dough for a batter-based crust.

Who knows, you may even throw away your favorite pizza delivery phone number when you get home! 

Dutch Oven Pizza Camping Recipe by CampingForFoodies features a black cast iron camp Dutch oven filled with a sliced hot pizza with golden brown cheese, black olives, green peppers and a red tomato sauce ready to be served at the campsite.
Dutch Oven Pizza Camping Recipe by CampingForFoodies

Steps To Make Pizza In A Dutch Oven

Step 1. Prep Your Veggies. Chop the onion, garlic and bell pepper.

Chopping the veggies for this yummy campfire Dutch oven pizza is way more fun when you use camp-themed utensils.

Step 2. Prepare Your Campfire For Cooking. If you are a campfire expert, you probably don’t need any help getting your fire started but if you are like me … you might need a little extra advice. Check out our post, Fire Starters Camping Enthusiasts Must Have, for some tips and tricks!

Camp Cooking Tip: This Dutch oven pizza recipe requires you to brown meat and veggies then bake the crust with the meat sauce. You can brown the meat directly over the campfire but when it comes to baking at precise temperatures, you’ll want to remove the Dutch oven from the fire pit and either use campfire coals or charcoal briquettes as the heat source for more even baking of your camp dinner.

Camp Cooking Tip: In a Dutch oven, meat can be browned quickly over a hot campfire but for baking at precise temperatures, switch to charcoal briquettes as the heat source – Camping For Foodies .com

Step 3. Brown The Meat And Veggies. Add some oil to your Dutch oven then brown the meat and add the onion, garlic and green pepper then add the tomato paste, chili powder, oregano and pepper to make the sauce.

For this Dutch oven pizza camp recipe, I like to use a 12 inch Dutch oven which seems to create the perfect sized pie for our camping group.

Camp Cooking Tip: If you adjust the size of the oven, you will also need to adjust your cooking time so just keep an eye on your pizza as it bakes and use our handy Dutch oven charcoal temperature chart for help in determining the quantity and placement of your charcoal briquettes.

Step 4. Remove The Sauce. Remove the meat sauce mixture from the Dutch oven and set aside.

Step 5. Make The Crust Batter. Mix the flour, cornmeal and baking powder. Then add the oil, egg whites and milk to create the batter for the crust. Add some cooking spray. Now pour the batter in the pre-heated Dutch oven.

After your Dutch oven is pre-heated, take extra precaution when handling the hot cooking utensils … the lid as well as the handle. A cast iron lid lifter can keep you safely away from the hot campfire and coals and will keep you enjoying your camp trip as well as your Dutch oven pizza camp dinner that will be almost ready to serve by now.

If you don’t have a lid lifter in your campfire cooking equipment gear box … you should!

Step 6. Top Batter And Bake. Once your batter is in your Dutch oven, it is time to layer on your meat sauce, cheeses and black olives.

Step 7. Remove pan from heat, let stand a few minutes then slice and serve.

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Camp Cooking Tip: Use high-temperature oven mitts or a Dutch oven lid lifter to handle hot cast iron cookware.

Dutch Oven Pizza Topped And Ready To Bake At The Campsite - Camping For Foodies .com

Prep At Home Options

Camp Cooking Tip: If you want to prep at home, there are several things you can do for this recipe.

You can make the entire meat sauce at home then just freeze it in a freezer bag or store it in a food storage container. Then you defrost at the campsite and continue with the recipe instructions.

You can also measure and mix your dry ingredients at home so you are only transporting what you need to the campsite. I like using food storage containers with locking tabs for an extra secure lid seal because I really get grumpy when I have to clean up spills that could have been avoided. After all, camping is for relaxing and unplugging … and extra cleaning does not fit the agenda, right?


Pairings

Some people love just eating pizza, but, I like serving a simple leafy green side salad with any pizza.

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  • Have you ever made Dutch Oven Upside Down Pizza? This is one of the craziest Dutch oven camping recipes you’ll ever make! You put the toppings in the bottom of your oven then cover with pizza dough & bake. The magic happens when you invert the pie so it’s right-side-up on your serving plate and top with fresh basil.
  • My 6-ingredient Chicken Pesto Pizza is so easy and delicious! Pre-baked pizza crust, prepared basil pesto and cooked shredded chicken are combined to make a 15 minute meal.
  • Looking for vegetarian camping recipes that will satisfy meat-lovers too? Try this yummy Grilled Flatbread Pizza.

Try making easy pie iron campfire pizza recipes. Butter the outside of 2 pieces of bread and place buttered side into the campfire cooker. Top with jarred pizza sauce or tomato sauce and toppings. Close the cooker and cook over hot coals till the bread is toasted and the filling is warm.

  • Topping combination suggestions:
    • Pepperoni, fresh mushrooms, pizza sauce and low moisture mozzarella cheese.
    • Pineapple, ham, bacon, bbq sauce and low moisture mozzarella cheese.

If pizza for dinner is not enough, try our Dutch Oven Breakfast Pizza Camping Recipe too!


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Dutch Oven Pizza Camping Recipe by CampingForFoodies features a black cast iron camp Dutch oven filled with a sliced hot pizza with golden brown cheese, black olives, green peppers and a red tomato sauce ready to be served at the campsite.

Dutch Oven Pizza Camping Recipe

Camping For Foodies Dinner Camping Recipes: Dutch Oven Pizza Camping Recipe
4.82 from 16 votes
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Course: Dinner Camping Recipes
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Resting Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 954kcal
Author: Kim Hanna

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (or olive oil)
  • 2 pounds ground hot Italian sausage
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 1 large garlic clove minced
  • 1 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 cup tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

For the crust

  • 1 cup unbleached flour
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 cup skim milk

The toppings

  • 1/2 cup grated part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 small can sliced black olives
  • Cooking spray (or Dutch oven liner)

Instructions

  • Prepare your campfire for cooking.
  • Heat oil in bottom of 12-inch camp Dutch oven.
  • Add meat and brown thoroughly breaking up meat as it cooks.
  • Add the onion, garlic and green pepper to the pot. Cook until the onion is translucent.
  • Now add the tomato paste, chili powder, oregano and pepper, stirring to combine all ingredients.
  • Remove the meat sauce mixture from Dutch oven, set aside.
  • In a bowl, make the batter/crust by mixing the flour, cornmeal and baking powder. Then add the oil, egg whites and milk stirring lightly. See * Note below.
  • Lightly spray the inside of the Dutch oven with cooking spray and spread the batter evenly on the bottom of the oven. See ** Note below.
  • Spoon the meat sauce mixture over the pizza crust batter and sprinkle with cheeses and black olives.
  • Cover and bake your Dutch oven pizza at 400 degrees (29 total charcoal briquettes = 19 hot coals on top of the lid / 10 hot coals below the bottom of the oven) for approximately 30-40 minutes depending on your weather conditions and elevation. See *** Note below.
  • Let cool slightly before slicing to serve.

Notes

*NOTE: This camping Dutch oven pizza makes a thick crust so if you prefer a thinner crust, use only half of the batter.
**NOTE: Your Dutch oven will be pre-heated from browning the meat so be careful not to burn yourself. If you prefer, you can line your Dutch oven with parchment paper or foil for baking. Then, you can lift the pizza out to cool and slice. We have a VIDEO on how to use Dutch oven liners and make your own for pennies!
*** NOTE: Use a lid lifter or heat-resistant gloves to turn the bottom of the Dutch oven and lid 1/4 turn in opposite directions every 10 minutes to ensure even baking.
Dutch Oven Temperature Chart https://www.campingforfoodies.com/dutch-oven-temperature-chart/

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 954kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 66g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 14g | Monounsaturated Fat: 26g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 133mg | Sodium: 1842mg | Potassium: 1173mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 1206IU | Vitamin C: 37mg | Calcium: 357mg | Iron: 5mg

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8 Comments

  1. Is there a way to make this using a cast iron skillet on a propane stove? It sounds so good I want to try it NOW! 🙂

    1. Kim Hanna says:

      Hi Jennifer,

      Thanks for stopping by! I have never made this recipe using a cast iron skillet and a propane stove so I can’t say for sure. Now that you have asked the question, I will need to experiment myself. The only thing I would be concerned about is that all of the heat is coming from the bottom rather than having heat distributed below and above a camp Dutch oven. I’ll play with the recipe and will update with my success (or failure) of the experiment. Please let me know if you experiment … I’d love to hear your results! Happy camp cooking, Kim.

  2. wondering if you put coals in the lid,or not ?

    1. Kim Hanna says:

      Hi Wanda, Thanks for the question! When I make this pizza I use my 12″ Dutch oven and use 19 coals on top of the lid and 10 below the oven (for a total of 29 briquettes). I have published a Dutch Oven Temperature Chart so if you are using a different oven size, you can just refer to this chart and adjust the number of coals accordingly. Happy camp cooking!

  3. Tried this tonight on my Dutch oven while camping. I left all of the grease from cooking the sausage right in the pot. Then I poured the batter in. I’m sure cooking over Charcoal briquettes would have worked, but I didn’t have any. I put the grate as high over the fire as possible, then I turned the pit every 5 minutes. It was really good! I think I’ll try using less batter next time, maybe cut it by a quarter, so the crust is a little thinner. Thank you for this recipe! I am now a camp cook hero to my pizza-loving husband! ☺️

    1. Kim Hanna says:

      Thanks for letting me know Melissa! It is totally awesome that you are now a camp cook hero to your pizza-loving husband!

  4. I don’t think I would have ever been so brave as to try this at the campsite. But, those photos and easy instructions have taken away all my excuses! Can’t wait to give this one a try.

    1. Kim Hanna says:

      Love the removal of excuses! I’m sure it will be a huge success with all of your camp-mates!!