Dutch Oven Recipes For Camping
No camping trip is complete without great food! Cooking for two? Or a crowd? We’ve got outdoor camp meals that can be cooked in cast iron Dutch ovens using charcoal briquettes or tripods and grates over campfires. Looking for yummy breakfast, lunch and dinner Dutch oven recipes for camping your family will love? Scroll on! And, we even have decadent Dutch oven dessert recipes if you want to finish your camping meal off right! Get the campfire started and let’s cook our fun and easy Dutch oven camping recipes! 🔥 Psst we’re compensated…see our disclosures.
I’m not kidding when I say some of our outdoor Dutch oven recipes are so good, you will need to fend off your campsite neighbors if you share them! This is one of those recipes. You have received fair warning! 😉 Find this Campfire Dutch Oven Jalapeño Cornbread Camping Recipe here.
Use a Cast Iron Dutch Oven Lid Lifter to turn the lid throughout the cooking time to ensure even baking. That’s how you get a nice brown top when baking your camping Dutch oven recipes! 😉
Please promise you won’t get mad at me if your family is too full to eat dinner after enjoying this dip! It is so good, they might not be able to stop eating it! It is one of our most popular Dutch oven camping recipes to serve as the happy hour snack! Find this Awesome Hot Cheesy Spinach Artichoke Dip Campfire Dutch Oven Appetizer Recipe here.
Don’t forget to protect your hands and arms when handling your Dutch oven while it is hot. This is even more important when you are cooking with the heat from a campfire rather than just charcoal briquettes. These Camp Chef Heat Resistant Gloves are heavy duty and made for … well … camp chefs!
You’ll love these creamy eggs baked in avocados! Plus, an added bonus … They have to be one of the cutest breakfast Dutch oven camping recipes of all time! Top them with a little hot sauce or salsa for an extra kick! Find this Dutch Oven Eggs Baked In Avocados recipe here.
Use a Cast Iron Dutch Oven Lid Lifter to turn the lid throughout the cooking time to ensure even baking your favorite camping Dutch oven recipes .
This tender mouth-watering Camping Dutch Oven BBQ Ribs recipe requires a little time and attention … the meat simmers in sauce about 6 hours … so … read a book or play a game of horseshoes around camp so you can easily maintain the charcoal briquettes or campfire throughout the day. You won’t be disappointed in this fall-off-the bone recipe perfect for a campfire Dutch oven day of relaxed cooking. Find this Camping Dutch Oven BBQ Ribs recipe here.
This recipe works best with a 12 Inch Deep Dutch Oven but can be modified if your oven is a different size. Don’t forget, Dutch oven recipes camping “rules” are really only guidelines … so, don’t be afraid to adapt standard camp cooking techniques to meet the specific situation with your equipment and cooking conditions (especially altitude and moisture in the particular geographic area where you are camping).
This Easy Camp Dutch Oven Coffee Cake is the perfect breakfast with a hot cup of camp coffee! The cinnamon and brown sugar is not overpowering and the powdered sugar is a nice finishing touch. Find this Camp Dutch Oven Coffee Cake recipe here.
To reduce or possibly eliminate the need for cleaning, you can use disposable Dutch oven liners. Coleman and Lodge have Parchment Paper Dutch Oven Liners, you can also get Disposable Foil Dutch Oven Liners that come in different sizes so be sure to get the right size for your oven.
This Easy Campfire White Chili Recipe is a slight twist on the traditional tomato-based chili; it uses ground turkey, white beans and chicken broth as its base. It’s easily adaptable to a camp stove if you are dealing with fire restrictions too. In fact, did you know that you can cook most of our Dutch oven camp recipes on a camp stove? I designed them that way because we needed to change our menu plans too many times because of flame restrictions in wildfire season. I learned to adapt and am so glad I did because eating PB&J is no substitute for a campfire grilled steak! LOL 😉 Find this Easy Campfire White Chili Recipe recipe here.
This chili is one of those Dutch oven camping meals that is easily adaptable to a camp stove if you are dealing with fire restrictions. We used this Coleman Eventemp 3 Burner Propane Stove for this recipe and love that it has a “bridge burner” connecting the two traditionally placed burners. It can handle 2 large or 3 smaller pots!
Fresh berries and a simple batter create an easy Dutch baby recipe perfect for cooking with your campfire Dutch oven. It’s not too sweet making it a great go-to breakfast but works as a fabulous camping dessert too. This is one of my best Dutch oven camping recipes for summer when fresh blueberries are in season! Find this Lemon Blueberry Topped Campfire Dutch Baby recipe here.
Having different sizes in ovens allows you to cook different Dutch oven camping recipes at one time. A 10 Inch Cast Iron Dutch Oven is great for small dish recipes and is also perfect when stack cooking charcoal Dutch oven recipes.
This is one of my favorite campfire Dutch oven recipes! Simmer layers of flavors for hours and then feed a crowd with this gumbo! We like to make this in our cast iron cookware directly over a campfire but you can also make it using a camp stove or RV stove top. Find this Campfire Dutch Oven Gumbo Recipe here.
This is one of those outdoor Dutch oven recipes that works best with a 12 Inch Deep Dutch Oven but can be modified if your oven is a different size.
Simmer these slightly sweet and totally tender pork chops in your Dutch oven over the campfire or using charcoal briquettes or even a camp stove! Find this Camp Dutch Oven Pork Chops Recipe here.
Dutch Oven Tote Bags make it convenient to carry and store your Dutch oven. I like making every aspect of my Dutch oven camp recipes (including preparation, transportation and storage of gear) simple, organized and stress-free.
This pizza is a “from scratch” recipe. I’ve made it simple by using a batter-based crust rather than a traditional dough crust. This has been unofficially voted one of the absolute best Dutch oven recipes for camping by our readers! One comment made me laugh: “Thank you for this recipe! I am now a camp cook hero to my pizza-loving husband!” Find this Dutch Oven Pizza Camping Recipe here.
Campfire cooking is always more fun with a few laughs. Start the party with this funny apron.
This is one of those camp Dutch oven recipes that requires a little more effort and time. Just like at home, making lasagna is always a bit of a chore, but I’ve made it stress-free at the campsite by using ready-to-bake (no boiling required) pasta. Find this Dutch Oven Lasagna Recipe here.
Leave the elbow grease behind … easily clean up after creating your favorite camping Dutch oven recipes with this Stainless Steel Chainmail Cast Iron Cleaner.
When camp cooking for a crowd, chili is always at the top of my Dutch oven meals camping list. This recipe is easy enough to make at the campsite or it can be made ahead, frozen and then just reheated. Just take your time and let the flavors simmer is this “I can’t resist a second bowl chili” 🙂 It is one of my favorite campfire cast iron Dutch oven recipes because I can easily use a tripod or grill grate and maintaining an exact cooking temperature is NOT important. Find this Campfire Dutch Oven Chili Recipe here.
Use a Cast Iron Dutch Oven Lid Lifter to stay a safe distance from hot coals when cooking Dutch oven meals for camping.
Typically, we consider soup a first course rather than a main course, but not with this hearty recipe. Serve it with a loaf of crusty bread and call it a meal. This is one of my favorite Dutch oven dinner recipes for camping in cold weather! Find this Dutch Oven Camping Hot Italian Sausage Soup Recipe here.
When you are cooking campfire Dutch oven recipes, you can place your Dutch oven on a campfire grill grate or use a Cast Iron Cooking Tripod which allows you to cook directly over a campfire and adjust the cooking temperature by raising or lowering the chain to move the Dutch oven closer or further from the heat.
Breakfast Dutch oven recipes are my favorite because everyone can eat at the same time rather than cooking individual eggs to order. Find this Tomato and Avocado Frittata Dutch Oven Camping Recipe here.
Camp Chef Heat Resistant Gloves are great for protecting hands when cooking campfire cast iron Dutch oven recipes … or, for that matter, anything hot around the campsite!
Some sweet Dutch oven dessert recipes for camping can often be made as a breakfast meal too. That’s the case with these slightly sticky Dutch oven muffins that just might make you forget your table manners and lick your fingers! Find this Blueberry Lemon Dutch Oven Muffins Camping Recipe here.
When I made this recipe for this photo I used Foil Cupcake Liners which create odd shaped muffins but if you want your muffins to be uniform in shape, you need to use a Cast Iron Muffin Pan instead of cupcake liners. You will need to verify the size of Dutch oven required to fit the muffin pan. For example, a muffin pan measuring 12 ¾ inches wide will not fit in a 12-inch Dutch oven … it requires a 14-inch Dutch oven.
My husband thought quiche should only be served at “lunch events for ladies” until he tried this one with bacon and cheese. Find this Bacon and Cheese Quiche Dutch Oven Camping Recipe here.
Don’t set your lid in the dirt while cooking, keep it clean by setting it on a Camp Dutch Oven Lid Stand.
Our planned menu of spaghetti and meatballs turned into drunken meatballs after visiting wineries during one of our camping trips. Adding a little wine to the sauce made this dish one of my Dutch oven dinner recipes camping crowds beg for! Find this Dutch Oven Drunken Meatballs Over Spaghetti Camping Recipe here.
Camping recipes, Dutch oven and direct campfire coals are a combination requiring you to have some sort of tool to support the Dutch oven over the heat. If your campsite has a grill grate built in to the campfire ring, you are golden. We do most of our camping at unimproved campsites in the National Forests so we carry a Heavy Duty Camp Grill on our trips. It is a nice, stable piece of camp kitchen gear to set your Dutch oven on while cooking over the hot coals of a campfire.
Our family likes putting anything on top of a pizza (especially my homemade pesto). This recipe uses a pre-baked crust for easy campsite preparation. Find this Chicken Pesto Pizza Easy Camp Recipe here.
A Rapidfire Chimney Starter allows you to quickly light your charcoal briquettes when cooking your favorite cast iron dutch oven recipes for camping crowds.
This is one of those easy Dutch oven camping recipes that has so much flavor, it tastes like you worked on it all day! How? Combining prepared ingredients with fresh ones is just one way I make great meals at the campsite without tons of effort. Find this Easy Chicken Alfredo Pizza Camping Recipe here.
Some Dutch oven campfire recipes result in stubborn, stuck-on food. The mess comes off from your Dutch oven (including the hard-to clean corners and lips) easier with these Lodge Pan Scrapers.
Prior to a cross-country move, I was faced with using the few ingredients remaining in the freezer and pantry. That’s how this recipe was invented. It is also one of my Dutch oven desserts that I serve in small slices so I am sure to have leftovers to go with my camp coffee the next morning. Shhhh, don’t tell anyone my little secret! 😉 Find this Berry Cobbler Dessert Camping Recipe here.
This Camp Dutch Oven Cooking Table allows you to cook your camp Dutch oven recipes at table-height and it has 12-inch-high windscreens making it easier to maintain an even, constant cooking temperature in windy conditions.
We have celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday on camping trips several times. Each time we cook and enjoy an entire feast including pie. Find this Upper Crust Apple Pie Dutch Oven Camping Recipe here.
When you are baking camping Dutch oven desserts using a separate baking dish, you may want to raise the dish off from the bottom of the Dutch oven. The easiest way to do that is by placing a Cast-Iron Trivet inside the oven and then placing the baking dish on top of it. A seasoned trivet is also great when roasting meat … it raises food from the bottom of a Dutch oven to prevent scorching. 🙂
The meal never seems complete without a sweet ending. I’ve made these brownies at the campsite as well as at home. They freeze well if you cut them in advance, then, you can easily defrost only the number needed to end your meal. Find this Caramel Nut Brownies Camping Recipe here.
Using a Disposable Foil Dutch Oven Liner is great for baked goods and makes clean-up a cinch.
Chocolate Lava Cakes are not just for 5-star restaurants! Pour this batter in your camp Dutch oven lined with cupcake foil wrappers and bake for 10 minutes … Ta Da, dessert is served! This is one of our most decadent Dutch oven dessert recipes! Find this Chocolate Lava Dutch Oven Cakes Recipe here.
Use Foil Cupcake Liners to make these elegant desserts in one Dutch oven … they stay in place as you pour the batter in each cup plus they hold their shape as individual cakes as the batter bakes. So many cast iron Dutch oven recipes camping cooks create can be made directly in their Dutch oven but they can also be baked in paper or foil liners making the clean-up process fast and simple!
This is one of those Dutch oven campfire recipes that WON’T have your camping crowd asking “Where’s the meat?” It’s in this campfire chili! Forget the hamburger, this recipe calls for steak! Find this Spicy Steak Chili Camping Dutch Oven Recipe here.
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Dutch Oven Temperature Chart Number of Charcoal Briquettes Required
If you are cooking with charcoal briquettes as your heat source, it’s a good idea to keep our Dutch Oven Temperature Chart handy while you are cooking these Dutch Oven Recipes For Camping.
Get camping Dutch oven cooking secrets from the pros in our Dutch Oven Camp Cooking Tips post here.
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