Camp Food: Dutch Oven Delights

camp foodA Dutch oven on the chuck wagon can be the camp chef’s best friend.

From savory soups to one pot meals, a Dutch oven can help you concoct camp fare that will tickle your taste buds!

Dutch Oven Chowder

It’s almost given that fishing will be one of the activities that you will indulge in on your camping trip.

Sautéed fillets are tasty, but a basic Dutch oven Fish Chowder is even better. The only equipment you will need is your Dutch oven.


  • 2 ounces bacon, diced and cooked
  • 2 sliced onions
  • 1 can of evaporated milk (13 ounces)
  • 1 can of jarred or canned potatoes or fresh if you prefer, diced
  • 6 fish fillets cut into 1” chunks
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 TBSP butter
  • water

Use bacon grease to sauté the onions and potatoes until they are browned. Adding one quart of water to the potatoes and onions, bring to boil and simmer for at least ten minutes.

Add the fish fillet and continue simmering for 5 to 7 minutes or until cooked through. Finally add the evaporated milk and salt and pepper to taste. Stir well. Just before serving the Chowder, add the butter. Serve with oyster crackers for a savory meal.

Tasty Dutch Oven Treats

This is sure to hit the spot when cravings for sweets come calling. Apple Torte will make the perfect ending to any meal and in order to prepare, it needs only a paring knife, frying pan and of course, your Dutch oven.


  • apples
  • sugar
  • cinnamon
  • 2 9” premade pie crusts

Peel and slice the apples using a paring knife to core. Heat butter in a hot frying pan and add apples and sugar until the apples begin to caramelize.

Watch they don’t burn adding butter on a need to basis along with the cinnamon. When the apples are caramelized, line your Dutch oven with tin toil and spoon in the apple mixture.

Overlap the two pie crusts with on top of the apples covering as much of the mixture as is possible. Place Dutch oven over twelve live charcoal briquettes and top with eighteen live coals for 30 to 45 minutes. The pie crust should be a golden brown when ready.

Keep in mind the apples will be extremely soft when they are caramelized. Use the cinnamon and sugar to your particular taste.

This recipe is sure to be a big hit!