Dutch ovens are a fabulous tool for cooking, whether you’re cooking in your home kitchen or sitting by the campfire! The ability to slow cook and distribute heat evenly makes for unbelievably comforting savory dishes, but it is also great for desserts and all types of cuisines. The dutch oven’s ability to cook on the stovetop and in the oven makes it very versatile and lends itself to one-dish meals, which are especially helpful when camping or when you simply don’t want to wash lots of pots and pans!
If you’re looking for some campfire cooking inspiration or just want some delicious ways to use your dutch oven at home, look no further. These twenty dutch oven recipes have you covered!
ST. JOHN’S STOUT STEW
This beef stew is layered with complex flavors and is made even better with high-quality beer.
RUSTIC PORK RAGU
With a little time and patience, this recipe gives you a flavorful and tender meat sauce that will make you weak in the knees!
COMFORTING CHICKEN FRICASSEE
The recipe for a classic French stew is as creamy and comforting as it gets.
PURE LEVAIN COUNTRY BREAD
Did you know dutch ovens are perfect for cooking crusty artisan breads right in your own kitchen? This recipe for pure levain country bread is a perfect example of the magic of the dutch oven!
SALTED CARAMEL POPCORN
The dutch oven is also great for making popcorn, and even better for making salted caramel popcorn. Yum!
JULIA CHILD’S RATATOUILLE
You’ll never feel more gourmet than when making Julia Child’s ratatouille recipe in a dutch oven!
SQUASH, LEEK AND BACON GRATIN
This side dish is elegant yet simple, the best kind of recipe! The dutch oven comes in especially handy with this recipe, allowing you to cook everything in one pan.
CHUNKY TORTILLA SOUP WITH BLACK BEANS
Let’s head south of the border with our Dutch ovens for some Mexican flavor!
ROOT BEER-BRAISED RIBS
The dutch oven is perfect for braising, and these ribs braised in root beer sound to die for.
BRAISED SHORT RIBS WITH HORSERADISH GREMOLATA
Another rib recipe that looks equally delicious and utilizes the slow-cooking power of the dutch oven.
GARLICKY MANCHEGO TOAST ON BEAN SOUP
This ain’t your ordinary bean soup. Throw in some chorizo and top it with manchego toast and you have something really special.
SHREDDED BEEF AND CARAMELIZED ONION ENCHILADAS
The dutch oven makes for super tender shredded beef, perfect for the enchiladas in this recipe.
LEMONY CHICKEN SOUP WITH GREENS
This comforting chicken soup is also bright in flavor, with greens, lemon and lots of fresh veggies.
TOMATILLO PORK BURRITOS
Another recipe that utilizes the slow-cooking method for a tangy, tender pork for burritos.
POT ROASTED CHICKEN WITH LEMON, GARLIC AND HERBS
Pot roasting chicken in the dutch oven gives you a flavorful and moist final product.