Dutch Oven Recipes
In this article I am going to share some of my favorite Dutch oven recipes.
In my family growing up we were big campers. (We still love to camp, though with my own young family we don’t do it as often as we did before we had kiddos; I’m sure that will change as they get a little older and can pack their own clothes and gear!) And one of the things that we loved to do when we camped when I was a kid, or just when we would take a ride up the canyon in our rainbow-painted dune buggy, was to make Dutch oven meals.
One of the great things about Dutch oven cooking is that many of the meals are not only tasty but are also simple, one-pot meals. Once you do the meal prep you can often mostly just set it and forget it. And that is the case with most of these. I hope you love these easy Dutch oven recipes as much as I do. 🙂
Find information and links below to 12 fun and cheap Dutch oven recipes that you can make for your family or to feed a crowd!
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11 Delicious Dutch Oven Recipes!
It’s almost summertime, and the warmer weather has got me thinking about camping and Dutch oven cooking, hot dog roasts and foil pack (tinfoil) dinners, s’mores and stargazing.
These 11 Dutch oven recipes are perfect for those long, warm summer evenings spent visiting and chatting with loved ones! Bon apetit!
1. Dutch oven potatoes
One of my favorite Dutch oven recipes growing up was Dutch oven potatoes. We would have it fairly often at church gatherings, and I always looked forward to it. This simple and delicious recipe is made with bacon, potatoes, cheese, onions, and spices. I don’t know the exact recipe that was used for those gatherings, but it was similar to this easy Dutch oven potatoes recipe.
2. Dutch oven stacked enchiladas
This is another one of my family’s favorite Dutch oven recipes. Simple and tasty, you make it by layering tortilla shells (we use flour tortillas rather than the corn tortillas called for in the recipe below), ground beef, cheese, enchilada sauce (I substitute tomato sauce or spaghetti sauce because I like it better), and chopped onions. You can find this easy Dutch oven enchiladas recipe here.
3. Dutch oven spaghetti
Another favorite Dutch oven recipe for our family is one-pot Dutch oven spaghetti. The canned tomato sauce and canned tomatoes help make preparing this spaghetti recipe simple and quick. And so is the cleanup! In addition to tomatoes and tomato sauce, this recipe calls for ground beef, onion, garlic, Parmesan cheese, and seasonings. Find this easy Dutch oven spaghetti recipe here.
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4. One pot chicken and veggie ramen
This recipe is similar to the chicken and veggie ramen that we cook over the stove. 🙂 All you need is chopped chicken breast, chicken stock (which you can make easily with water and chicken bullion), your favorite vegetables, ramen noodles, and your favorite seasonings (or use the seasoning packets that come with the ramen). I loke to follow a simple chicken and veggie ramen recipe like this one.
5. Dutch oven no-soak bacon and beans
Bacon and beans is another tasty Dutch oven dish. And it’s also about as cheap as you can get. 🙂 All you need are dried beans (choose whichever kind you like; we generally use pinto or black), salt, and seasonings. And this recipe that I am going to link to doesn’t call for it, but we also like to include bacon (about one-third of a pound, though you could add more if you like). Including bacon is the way that my cousin made her beans when we were college students, and it stuck. 🙂 You can find a simple no-soak Dutch oven beans recipe here.
6. Dutch oven pizza
Dutch oven pizza is another family favorite! To save money, and just because I think it tastes better, too, we make our own dough using a pizza dough recipe similar to this one. In this simple recipe from Scouting magazine, they use prepared dough, pizza sauce, cheese, and favorite toppings. You can save a little more money (like we do) by using tomato sauce with a few of your favorite seasonings, like parsley and Italian seasoning, in place of pizza sauce. You can get this simple Dutch oven pizza recipe here.
7. Dutch oven sourdough bread
This is another favorite of my husband and I! (I have to be honest and acknowledge that our three young kiddos have not warmed up to the taste of sourdough yet.) My mother also doesn’t like sourdough, so I didn’t grow up eating sourdough bread.
But my father-in-law, on the other hand, has been making sourdough biscuits and breads and pancakes and so forth since before my husband and I were married, and it’s something that I look forward to whenever we visit. (Especially the biscuits!) And we also enjoy them whenever we go on camping trips with them. My father-in-law knows the recipe by heart now from doing it for years. I’ve mentioned to my husband that he needs to learn how to do it from my father-in-law, but it hasn’t happened yet. But one of these days …
In any case, this recipe I am going to link to is not his recipe (I’m not even sure that he uses precise measurements), but it does have great reviews. And one of these days I’ll try and get the recipe from my father-in-law. In the meantime, you can find an simple and good Dutch oven sourdough bread recipe here.
8. Dutch oven breakfast casserole
We also love a simple Dutch oven breakfast casserole (aka Mountain Man’s breakfast) around our house, and it is also a regular staple of our camping trips. With this simple recipe, all you need are eggs, sausage (we like to throw in bacon too sometimes; ’cuz hey, why not, right?), hash browns (from the store, or sometime we shred them ourselves), peppers, garlic and onion, and cheese! Sometimes we omit the hash browns and eat the casserole in a flour tortilla. And sometimes we keep the hash browns and still eat it in a flour tortilla. Yay, carbs! 🙂
This recipe is simple and versatile enough that we don’t actually follow a recipe, but the way that we make it and the ingredients we use are similar to those in this Dutch oven breakfast casserole recipe.
9. Dutch oven lasagna
If you love lasagna, then you will love Dutch oven lasagna, too! The simple way that we make it calls for ground beef, spaghetti sauce (again, we generally substitute less-expensive tomato sauce), garlic and onion, ricotta cheese (we substitute less-expensive cottage cheese, which we tend to have on hand), lasagna noodles, various seasonings, and of course cheese!
This dish is another one that is easy and straightforward enough that we don’t necessarily use a written recipe, but the way we make it is similar to this Scoutmaster’s Dutch oven lasagna recipe from Scouting magazine.
Dutch Oven Desserts
10. Easy Dutch Oven S’mores
S’mores are one of our family’s favorite summer treats! We love to get together with friends and roast marshmallows over the fire and make this classic summer time dessert. And our kiddos are getting old enough now where they can roast their own marshmallows, but they love!
But this Dutch oven recipe is a great option when you want to feed a family or a crowd. All you need is a chocolate cake mix, eggs and oil and water that the cake mix calls for, graham crackers, chocolate bars, and marshmallows, and you are set! You’re going to love this simple and delicious Dutch oven s’mores cake recipe!
Or you can find a simple and more traditional Dutch oven s’mores recipe here.
We love Dutch oven cobbler! Not just when we are camping, but any time! This recipe is a simple one that my brother-in-law created years ago when he and my husband were working at Scout camp during the summer. And it really is delicious! All you need are a white or yellow cake mix (or do chocolate; it’s delicious, too!), a can or two of of peaches or cherry pie filling (cherry is my favorite) or other favorite canned fruit, a can of lemon-lime soda, a cube of butter or margarine, and a handful or two of oats and brown sugar to sprinkle on top. Yum!
So first, line your Dutch oven with aluminum foil if you want to. Then pour in the fruit, then the soda. and then the cake mix. Then cut the margarine or butter into cubes and distribute them over the top of the cake mix. Then sprinkle your handfuls of oats over the top, and then the brown sugar. So delish! Bake over coals (coals on bottom and top) for about an hour, turning every 15 minutes or so. Or just bake it in the oven on 350 for about an hour.
12. Dutch oven chocolate lovers delight
This is a recipe that I was introduced to at a church gathering probably 15 years ago, and though I don’t make it nearly as often as cobbler, it is still one of my favorites. All you need are marshmallows, cocoa powder, a chocolate cake mix, brown sugar, chocolate chips, and water. You can find the recipe for this delicious Dutch oven chocolate lovers delight recipe here.
These 12 easy and cheap Dutch oven recipes are perfect for those warm summer days! From classic Dutch oven potatoes to tasty Dutch oven lasagna to delicious Dutch oven fruit cobbler, there is something on this list perfect for everyone!
What are your favorite cheap Dutch oven recipes? What are your favorite Dutch oven desserts? Leave a comment below and let me know! And please share the recipe link! 🙂
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