Dutch oven cooking might not be top of mind when you’re planning camping meals, but it can be one of the easiest ways to feed a crew. That’s exactly why on most river trips our guides will count on cooking at least one meal (or dessert!) in a Dutch oven. Whether you’re camping with your family or a group of friends, the classic Dutch oven recipes we’re sharing below are some of our favorites and sure to be crowd-pleasers.
We hope you’ll try some of these out on your next camping trip, or hey, even at home in your backyard when you’re in need of some camp vibes.
The Best Dutch Oven Camping Recipes
1) Dutch Oven Camp Breakfast: Veggie Frittata
This Dutch oven breakfast recipe combines your favorite veggies and cheese into a wholesome all-in-one breakfast. If you want meat, go ahead and add some ham or bacon. The sky’s the limit with this easy camp breakfast. The best part? You might even be able to enjoy your coffee by the campfire while it cooks.
A true guest favorite, Dutch oven chicken enchilada pie is as delicious as it gets, especially when it’s served up after an adventurous day outdoors. In this hearty recipe, layers of chicken, vegetables, and beans are topped with freshly-baked cheesy cornbread. You can also make it vegetarian. Just leave out the chicken and add more veggies and/or put your own spin on the filling.
There’s nothing better than the sweet aroma of freshly-baked cake wafting through camp. And if you’ve ever been treated to that magic scent while on a river trip with us, you now know that it means one thing: Dutch oven pineapple upside-down cake is on the menu. This delicious dessert recipe never fails to impress. When it comes out just right, it’s a picture-perfect sight.