If you go camping a lot, then you probably own a dutch oven. If you're not familiar with a dutch oven, you totally should be. It kind of looks like a very small witches cauldron, LOL (I personally use the Texsport 4 quart Cast Iron Dutch Oven which you can find on Amazon here).
Note, some of these recipes specify a “degree” setting to cook the recipe at. If you're unfamiliar with how to heat a dutch oven to a specific temperature over a campfire, you can check out this handy tutorial on the subject here.
Stuffed Peach French Toast PuddingDrooling yet? This tastes exactly as awesome as it sounds. One of things I love about this recipe is that you can prep it the night before. Combine bread, cream cheese, peaches with eggs, cream, syrup and butter topped with brown sugar and cinnamon to create this seriously good flavor explosion. I've also made this with canned apples and achieved an equally amazing result. You can find the full recipe and instructions at Dutch Oven Madness here.
Chili With Cornbread DumplingsThis. Happened. Honestly, I was a little skeptical when I first made this. I love cornbread. I love chili. Cornbread sitting in my chili? But it was a huge hit with my family. The recipe consists of your standard chili ingredients combined with your standard cornbread ingredients. As I've mentioned before, my hubby likes things spicy, so I added some diced up Jalapenos to the mix (he'd honestly prefer it be Habaneros, but the rest of us can't handle that kind of heat, LOL). We also usually swap the corn for diced green and red peppers. You can find the full recipe and instructions here.
Campfire Red Beans & RiceMy husband is a huge fan of red beans and rice, so this was an obvious choice to add to my dutch oven recipe list. This recipe in particular is awesome though. I'll be honest, the recipe takes a bit of time to prepare, but the end result is worth it. While the recipe also calls for chicken or turkey sausage as an optional item, we always add the sausage – except that we add the standard pork sausage. You can find the full recipe with instructions here.
Dutch Oven Beefy Taco BakeThink of this as the camping version of hamburger helper, only without all the chemicals LOL. Ground beef, macaroni, onions, garlic, tomato paste, peppers and spices make this a snap to prepare. The recipe calls for green chiles, but we sub Jalapenos for those to give it a little bit more kick. This is a definite dutch oven favorite for the kids. You can find the instructions and the full recipe here.
Dutch Oven Cowboy StewThis one is as hearty and delicious as it looks. Once you brown the ground beef and onion and dice the potatoes, you simply toss all of the rest of the ingredients in and pop it over the fire and it'll be ready in under an hour. This recipe is one of my personal favorites. You can find the recipe and instructions here (you'll have to scroll down to find the recipe because it's in the middle of a post with multiple recipes).
Devin’s Dutch Oven Cinnamon RollI don't know who Devin is, but I'd like to hug him. 🙂 This recipe is so good. The recipe calls for everything to be made from scratch (vs. popping open a roll of premade cinnamon rolls). We've also made the recipe with walnuts instead of pecans. You'd think you'd feel guilty eating this, but it's so good that you won't care. 😉 You can find the full recipe and cooking instructions here.
Dutch Oven Pizza BakeI have yet to find a kid who doesn't like this recipe. The recipe calls for you to make a crust for the pizza, but I'll be honest – sometimes we just do the pizza bake without a crust and then use nachos to spoon it into our mouths. 🙂 This recipe isn't the easiest one to make on this list, but it's definitely good. Feel free to add in any traditional pizza toppings you'd like as well (we always add pepperoni slices). You can find the full recipe here.
Dutch Oven Breakfast CasseroleWe've all heard of the Mountain Man, but this is a slightly different take on it. The recipe calls for ham instead of sausage and doesn't call for garlic and has a few other slight variations. But this recipe is super simple and we love ham, so it's a top breakfast choice for us – and it takes less than 10 minutes to prep and requires zero oversight while cooking. You can find the recipe and cooking instructions here.
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