Dutch Oven Potatoes {+ The Oven Recipe}

Dutch Oven Potatoes!

While the great majority of my cooking happens inside, Andy is a pro at making delicious dinners outdoors in his dutch ovens. He he has some killer recipes, and I thought it would be fun to share a few. These dutch oven potatoes are one of many!Β 

I’ll also be posting some tips on how to prep cast iron for cooking {indoor use pans as well as dutch ovens!} and some information reading coals and how to use them to create various kinds of heat in later posts!

If you don’t have an outdoor dutch oven – don’t leave! You can make all of these recipes in your dutch oven inside. All of the prep work will be the same, but I’ll leave alternative directions for cooking in the recipe notes.

Dutch Oven Potatoes!

My family went camping every summer growing up and one of the things we looked forward too the most was the food! My Dad is also a Dutch Oven Master Chef and is basically family famous for making the most delicious camping food ever. Random people have been known to stop by our camp just to see his set-up and what he was making!

Andy has also been making dutch oven food for a long time, since he also has a love for camping and got sick of eating Ramen Noodles πŸ™‚ . He has worked really hard on perfecting these recipes and we have made them over and over and love how they turn out!

Dutch Oven Potatoes!

It’s also important to keep in mind that the number of coals you need to reach a certain temperature is going to vary based on the weather and climate outside. The estimate in this recipe will be close, but you will need to check the food periodically and adjust as you see fit. Cooking in outdoor dutch ovens takes practice! Don’t get discouraged if it doesn’t work out the first time, we have had our fair share of mess-ups.

Dutch Oven Potatoes

This recipe is super easy and you probably have all the ingredients on hand! Now, I have to warn you. These recipes are Andy Territory, that means I buy the ingredients he requests and sometimes that includes pre-grated cheese and boxed cake mix. HA!

But they are still 98% homemade and you can, of course, substitute whatever ingredients you wish! Keep in mind though, we make these when we areΒ camping so convenience wins out most of the time. Unless its a homemade mix that I make, then we just bag that and take it with us!

Dutch oven potatoes are a flavor packed camping classic! A simple & delicious recipe with detailed instructions, even directions for cooking indoors.

What other dutch oven recipes would you like to see??

Dutch Oven Potatoes {+ The Oven Recipe}

Yields 4-6 servings

I'll also be posting some tips on how to prep cast iron for cooking {indoor use pans as well as dutch ovens!} and some information reading coals and how to use them to create various kinds of heat in later posts!Β 

20 minPrep Time

45 minCook Time

1 hr, 5 Total Time

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    For the Potatoes
  • 8-9 medium sized potatoes (red, yukon gold, or russet), sliced thin
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1/2 pound of bacon, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, seeds and membranes removed, diced
  • 2 1/2 cups cheese (cheddar, montery jack, or pepper jack)
  • 1 teaspoon season salt
  • Dutch Oven
  • 12 inch, shallow dutch oven
  • 27-30 coals, lit and heated until beginning to turn grey.


  1. Over about half the coals, cook bacon until chewy. It will get crispy as it cooks with the potatoes.
  2. Off of the coals, remove bacon from dutch oven and any excess grease, leaving about 2 tablespoons bacon fat in the bottom of the dutch oven.
  3. Layer half of the sliced potatoes in the bottom of the dutch oven and sprinkle with half a teaspoon of season salt.
  4. On top of the potatoes, layer half of the onion, half the jalapeno (if desired), half of the bacon, and then half of the cheese.
  5. Repeat layers, using remaining ingredients and put the lid on the dutch oven.
  6. With dutch oven on a stand or on a safe ground area, place 9 coals on the bottom and 18 coals on top. This should heat to about 375 degrees for a 12 inch shallow dutch oven.
  7. Check periodically and adjust coals as necessary, adding more when the original coals begin to die down. If the bottom of the potatoes are cooking too quickly even with coal adjustment, add 1/3 cup water to the bottom of the dutch oven.
  8. The potatoes are finished when they are soft, this takes about 45 minutes.


β€’ This recipe can be made in an indoor dutch oven and cooked in the oven. Place dutch oven, with the lid on, in a preheated 375 degree oven for 35-45 minutes. Check periodically to make sure it is cooking evenly. Add 1/3 cup water to the bottom of the dutch oven if the potatoes are browning too quickly. Potatoes are done when they are soft!

β€’ To make this recipe for a larger crowd, scale up the ingredients accordingly. A 12-inch dutch oven can hold 3 layers and still cook well, but use a larger dutch oven (or two 12-inch dutch ovens) for more than 12 potatoes.

β€’ Additionally, this recipe can be scaled down. Use a smaller dutch oven to avoid burning any of the ingredients while cooking.


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  • Reply
    June 17, 2017 at 6:58 AM Love the jalapeΓ±o addition! I haven't ever thought of that. Also, you can use your outdoor Dutch oven inside the regular oven, too, if that's all you have. My mom does that all the time for potatoes or roasts or even lasagna and enchiladas.
    • Reply
      June 17, 2017 at 9:09 PM Great tip, Kim! I love how versatile dutch ovens are. Andy has a killer lasagna recipe, I can't wait to share it :)

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