The Dutch Oven for Campfire Cooking

Mexican Casserole


  • 1 lb breakfast sausage hot or regular
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 medium onion chopped well
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 can Rotel diced tomatoes drained well
  • bread crumbs as needed

Mix well adding bread crumbs to produce a dense meatloaf.  Place in a #10 Dutch oven that has been sprayed well with a non stick spray.  Cover and cook for about 30 min or until almost done.

While that is cooking, mix 2 boxes of cornbread mix according to the instructions given and add the following:

  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 2 medium jalapenos finely chopped
  • 1 can of creamed corn

Mix well.

Remove meat from oven and carefully drain off any liquid. Pour cornbread mixture over the top of the meat and return to oven for approximately 20 min.  Watch this carefully.  Check for doneness with a toothpick.

Monkey Bread


  • 2 c. water (real warm)
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1 T. salt
  • 1 T. yeast
  • 6 c. flour
  • 1/4 c. oil
  • 2 large eggs (beaten)
  • 1/4 lb. butter

Mix 2 cups real warm water, ½ cup sugar, 1 tablespoon salt, and 1 tablespoon yeast. Let set until bubbly.  Add 2 large beaten eggs and 3 cups flour, stir-do not beat.  Add ¼ cup oil and 3 cups more flour. Dough will be sticky; cover and let raise until double in bulk.

Roll dough out on a floured surface to ½ inch thickness. Cut into 2 ½ inch circles.

Melt 1/4 pound of butter in a deep 14″ Dutch oven. Do not let butter get too hot. Dip circles of dough in butter, coating both sides. Lay circles of dough on inside edge of Dutch oven, overlapping approximately one third. Place the second layer of dough circles like shingles inside the first ring.

Cook with 11 briquets on the bottom of each oven and 15-20 briquets placed around the outer rim of each lid. Bake for about 25 minutes. Remove the ovens from the bottom briquets and finish cooking with top heat only for approximately 10-15 minutes more. When finished remove from Dutch oven and serve warm.


Garlic Parmesan Monkey — Bread Follow above recipe adding ½ teaspoon garlic power to the melted butter in the Dutch oven. After circles of dough are placed in the Dutch oven sprinkle the top with ¾ cup Parmesan cheese.

Sesame Seed Monkey — Bread Follow the above recipe adding 1 tablespoon sesame seeds to the melted butter in the Dutch Oven. After circles of dough are placed in the Dutch oven sprinkle the top with 1 tablespoon sesame seeds.

One Pot Tortilla Breakfast


  • 2 tsp. vegetable oil
  • 2 medium green, red, and/or yellow peppers thin sliced
  • 1 small red onion thin sliced
  • 1 (1.25 oz.) package taco seasoning mix
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 6 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 12 (6 in.) fajita- size flour tortillas, warmed
  • 1 jar of salsa
  • 1 tub of sour cream
  • 1 lb. shredded cheddar cheese

Heat oil in Dutch oven. Add pepper, onion and seasoning mix, stir well. Cook well for 3 to 5 minutes or until vegetables are crisp- tender. Transfer to bowl, cover.

Combine evaporated milk and eggs in bowl. Pour into oven and scramble until soft curds form. Move eggs to center of oven. Arrange vegetables around eggs. Sprinkle cheese over eggs and vegetables.

Serve with tortillas. Garnish as desired.

Prairie Steamer


  • 3 young chickens, cut into eighths
  • 18 small potatoes
  • 12 small onions
  • 12 sausages
  • One dozen ears of corn.

Scrub the potatoes, peel onions and husk corn. Save the husks, but discard the silk. Spread a layer of corn husks on the bottom of a boiler or large kettle. Pour in 1 quart water. Spread a layer of potatoes and onions on the husks. Add a layer of chicken pieces and sausages. Add another layer of husks, then a layer of corn and another layer of husks. Top with one potato. When that potato is done, everything is done. Cover the pot and steam over fire for 1 1/2 hours or until done.

Compiled and edited by Kathy Weiser/Legends of America, last updated July, 2017.

Also See:

The Chuck Wagon – The Real Queen of the Cattle Trail

Chuckwagon Western Recipes

Campfire Recipes

Flavors of the Mother Road – Route 66 Recipes

Good Ole’ Fashioned Recipes

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