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46 Easy Dutch Oven Recipes

Updated now to 46 easy dutch oven recipes you can use at home or when you’re camping. From dinners like Dutch Oven corned beef and cabbage, to bread and dutch oven desserts too you will find a variety of simple and easy to put together meals here you can cook in your cast iron pot. I love this thing!

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Do you love easy dutch oven recipes? I do!! Ok I will admit that I am new to the whole concept. Kinda’ like using my crockpot but that seasoned goodness from cast iron cooking. (originally published 2/18, affiliate links present)

Simple Dutch Oven Recipes

I have had a few cast iron skillets since I got married and use those frequently but last year I was really curious about using a cast iron pot so I bought one. Quickly I realized that even baking bread in a Dutch Oven was better than other methods!

You don’t have to be a camper (I am definitely not) to use one of these. I use it all the time for dinners, side dishes and even baking right at home. You can even deep fry in it like we did with our fried whole chicken a few times. Works great. In the oven and on the stovetop is ideal too.

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  • This is the dutch oven I have and love.
  • I recommend having a good set of oven mitts to lift it in and out of your oven.
  • You need a good trivet if you’re going to put this directly on the table to serve.
  • For more ideas, grab this dutch oven cookbook here.
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Cast Iron Dutch Oven Recipes

I first made this Dutch oven stew that came out SO good and I loved how easy it was to dump everything in. Just throw it in the oven and have a really tender meal is created. All of these are perfect for Fall and Winter time. It’s a feel good comfort food we probably all ate growing up for sure.

Same goes for Dutch oven chili. If you have your own stovetop recipe for this classic hearty dish I suggest you make it in this cast iron pot. Especially if yours is well seasoned and you cook your meat in it the flavors are out of this world amazing.

Another thing that reminds me of my childhood was this green veggie. Didn’t like it back then but boy is dutch oven cabbage so good now! You can make it as seasoned as you like, add meat like our cabbage stew or just buttered like cabbage stewed with just salt and pepper.

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Easy dutch oven recipes

This is what my cast iron pot looks like. I have a 7 quart, linked below, which has been a good size for the 5 of us. I would say it is adequate for up to 6 in the family. There are larger styles to fit let’s say our Pot Roast Chicken and smaller versions too.

It is different from other pots you might have as most come “seasoned” and you don’t wash it and scrub it like you would with a ceramic or teflon pan. You jus need a wipe down really once you’re done.

If you need some tips on cast iron skillet care for your dutch oven we have a bunch of those too! Olive oil is key.

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How I store my cast iron pans is to put each one inside a paper grocery bag and stack them like that so they aren’t sticking together.

  • If you are curious about it this is similar to the 7 qt. dutch oven I bought which wasn’t too expensive.
  • Another great thing about it is it’s great for camping.
  • Dutch oven recipes are so versatile. Since it holds quite a bit it is perfect for making stew, roasts, soups and more.

There are a variety of sizes and looks too which is nice. Ceramic coatings make an ordinary black cast iron pot super pretty and you can serve Hot Braised Chicken Thighs or other dishes right out of the pot. However you use it I hope I have a few more recipes you can try in your cast iron pot.

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What Kind of Meals can You Cook in a Dutch Oven

If you’re looking for main dishes for dinner I have a lot of ideas here from me, like our beef stew recipe without wine, and from friends. There are also many soups as well as side dishes, dessert, and even how to cast iron bread recipes! Some take 30 minutes and some take a while longer. It is so versatile I tell you.

Dutch Oven Recipes for Camping

If you’re looking for a new way to cook chicken for dinner you’ve got to try this Dutch oven whole chicken recipe (shown below).

Dutch oven ham is perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. I mean it doesn’t have to wait until the holidays y’all, make one year round for sure. Then make a ton of leftover ham recipes with it.


Outdoor dutch oven recipes

Sometimes for Christmas we ditch the ham and make a dutch oven tri tip instead. It is so moist and delicious I tell you.

I would say that soup is probably the most common thing I make in this. It creates very even heat and keeps it warm for a really long time even if the heat is off. Our Chicken Poblano Soup is one of my husband’s favorites.

Warm Dutch oven broccoli cheese soup is great during the Wintertime. Pair it with some easy pull apart bread with fresh veggies inside for a homemade soup you’ll all love.

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Flavorful Dutch oven chicken pot pie is our favorite next to chicken soup on chilly days. It heats very evenly which is why it is so great for dishes that are best cooked low and slow like our Hashbrown Soup let’s say.

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What is the Best Thing to Cook in a Dutch Oven

If you want to go for really simple and healthy I would start off with our Dutch oven chicken breast and vegetables recipe. Use bone in or boneless skinless ideally with onions and carrots so it’s a one pot meal everyone loves.

Throw some vegetables in the pot too to soak up that delicious chicken broth too and you have a complete meal when it is done. OR if you have two of these you can make sateed red cabbage on the side and serve together.

Uncover for a bit to get a nice golden brown on top like this so not only is the chicken moist and delicious but the skin is super flavorful as well.

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Recipes in a Dutch Oven

Looking for pasta to cook in your dutch oven, we have a few ideas for you here including a no boil spaghetti recipe above and one of my favorites which is goulash.

I mean we all had that growing up right, and simmered nice and slow in your cast iron pot it is even better.

Mashed potatoes in your cast iron pot are possible too if you have never tried them. Yes they take longer than Instant Pot mashed potatoes but it’s fun to test other methods of cooking to see which one you love most.

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Lodge Dutch Oven Recipes

This dutch oven corned beef and cabbage is amazing and something you should cook way more often than just on St. Patricks Day.

This is where it all started though, with a simple whole chicken in a dutch oven which came out amazing. Similar to slow cooked as it fell off the bone with NO knives required. The pot though gave it a nice added flavor you can’t get elsewhere.

Can I use a Dutch oven in the oven?

Yes, Dutch ovens are designed to be used both on stovetops and in ovens. They can withstand high heat and are perfect for braising, baking, roasting, and more.

How do I season a Dutch oven?

To season a new Dutch oven or re-season an existing one, wash it with warm water and mild soap, then dry it completely. Apply a thin layer of vegetable oil or shortening to the entire surface, inside and out. Place the Dutch oven upside do

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I have a bunch more to choose from here. I love a great pot of soup when it is chilly outside, so do my kiddos. If you didn’t know you could cook a yummy batch of pasta in your cast iron pot, you can!! Give a few of these a whirl too this week like……

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Dutch Oven Desserts

Dutch Oven Snacks

You can find more dutch oven recipes on my easy camping recipes and meal planning post.

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Dutch Oven Recipes

30+ dutch oven recipes with chicken, beef, pork, vegetables and even dessert. This dutch oven beef recipe turns out tender into pulled beef with gravy.
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword beef, chuck roast, dutch oven, recipes, roast
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 409kcal
Author The Typical Mom




  • Add olive oil into dutch oven on the stovetop over medium heat. Add onions and chunks of carrots. Brown and soften them over heat. Preheat oven to 275 F now.
  • Dry outside of roast with paper towels and then season all sides generously with salt and pepper. Can add some garlic salt too if I have it on hand. Remove veggies and put aside.
  • Add a bit more olive oil into the pot and add your meat to sear on all sides. Remove and then pour in red wine or liquid of your choice and scrape bottom to deglaze pot. Put roast and veggies back in.
  • Pour in beef broth so it covers half of roast. Sprinkle on seasonings of choice on meat and vegetables and close lid. Put into oven for 3-4 hours depending on weight and thickness.
  • 3.5 hours generally will get it tender. Check after 3 hrs. When it is fork tender remove, if you want to shred meat cook a bit longer. Take meat out and let rest on a cutting board for 10 minutes before slicing or shredding.
  • Remove veggies with a slotted spoon and put aside. Set dutch oven on burner on medium/high heat. Take out 1 c. of your hot liquid and when it is bubbling whisk in 3 tbsp cornstarch to thicken.


Nutrition Facts
Dutch Oven Recipes
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 409 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 129mg43%
Sodium 3907mg170%
Potassium 810mg23%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 50g100%
Vitamin A 5347IU107%
Vitamin C 105mg127%
Calcium 653mg65%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Wednesday 23rd of March 2022

Now that Instant Pot came out with their Precision Dutch Oven, I hope you’ll experiment using it with these recipes.


Monday 29th of June 2020

I like your recipes . Thanks

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Sunday 30th of December 2018

Great information! interesting read thanks for sharing


Sunday 29th of July 2018

Very informative for a "rookie Dutch oven user" like me..! I cannot wait till I try to cook & taste one of your "beef stew" recipe..!

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