25 Mouthwatering Dutch Oven Recipes – Not only is a Dutch oven great for stews, braises, and soup, but it’s also a pretty versatile tool ideal for baking, roasting, frying, and searing. Who knew we could do all that this multifaceted tool? Take, for example, these Dutch oven recipes I collected below to make cooking a breeze, from comforting soup to exquisite dinner meals to make every meal worthwhile.
Oh yeah! In case you’ve forgotten what to do with your Dutch oven, it’s truly a fantastic tool. In fact, you can use it in so many ways! And it’s incredibly durable, too!
So it’s time to wipe the dust off your Dutch oven and put it to good use with these mouthwatering recipes.
It’s my favorite cooking tool, especially when a recipe calls for cooking on a stove then baking it because you can take it straight into the oven. Yes! No need to transfer to a baking dish. One-pot all the way! Which makes clean-up a breeze, too.
Not yet convinced? Then maybe these stellar recipes will help. 😉
Rice and Beans
1. Red Beans and Rice
Our weekend dinners wouldn’t be complete without these incredibly comforting Red Beans and Rice. Aside from the hearty beans, it’s also loaded with protein from Andouille sausage, ham hock, and smoked turkey. And it’s pretty customizable, too. Certainly, one of the easiest Dutch oven recipes you can try this weekend. 😉
2. Caribbean Rice and Beans
Meanwhile, rice cooked along with beans in spicy and well-seasoned coconut milk with broth makes this recipe fabulicious. Incredibly flavorful because of the spices added, such as Creole Seasoning, thyme, paprika, and pepper. So easy to make with canned beans and rice, which makes it a good Dutch oven camping recipe. You may also skip the scotch bonnet pepper if it’s too spicy for you. 😉
3. Black Beans and Rice
Although similar to Caribbean Rice and Beans, this recipe actually has a different flavor profile because of cumin and cayenne pepper. Yum! You may opt to use Taco Seasoning to add a Mexican flair to this awesome rice dish. Dutch oven recipes really make such amazingly simple dishes!
Enjoy a meatylicious feast in this one-pot meal stunner. Fully loaded with chicken thighs, shrimps, and Andouille sausage slices and full of fantastic Cajun flavors as well. I’d double the recipe if I were you just to make sure you have enough. No wonder it’s always on the list of the best Dutch oven chicken recipes! 😉
One Pot Seafood Stew Recipes
5. Chicken Shrimp and Sausage Gumbo
This one is a lot like its cousin, Jambalaya, only without the rice. I added a tablespoon of gumbo file for a more authentic gumbo. Chili peppers like Serrano, habanero, and Scotch bonnet peppers are great additions, too. Truly a dish like no other!
6. Crawfish Etouffee
It’s almost crawfish season! Hooray!!!! Although you might think that this Dutch oven recipe is expensive because of the crawfish, it’s not. So don’t fret because this recipe is still economical since we’ll be making it at home. And I assure you, every spoon of this delectable etouffee is absolutely worth every penny. 😉
7. Seafood Gumbo
This enticing seafood gumbo here is truly an enchanting gem from the sea. It features a wonderful mix of seafood, veggies, and sausage all together in one amazing gumbo recipe. The thick and flavorful broth is sure to warm your body and soul with its comforting goodness.
One Pot Meaty Stew Recipes
Let me introduce you to one of Guyana’s national dishes, Pepperpot. It is slightly different from our traditional stews because of cassareep (in specialty shops) and a cinnamon stick. This Dutch oven beef stew recipe here is really savory and sweet. And if you love spicy food, then leave it to our bad boy, Scotch bonnet pepper. 😉
9. Osso Bucco
And, of course, how can I forget about this Italian Dutch oven pot roast recipe that offers extremely tender and juicy veal (or beef) shanks? Aside from its alluring red wine-infused tomato-based sauce, the garlicky and lemony gremolata on top completes our luxurious dinner dish without breaking the bank.
10. Braised Lamb Shanks
Here is yet another mouthwatering Dutch oven lamb recipe that is sure to give you a restaurant-quality dish minus the hefty price tag. Not only you’ll enjoy the fall-of-the-bone tender meat but also the succulent tomato-based sauce imbued with red wine and herbs. Don’t forget to serve it with rice or Roast Garlic Mashed Potato to make your family dinner worthwhile. ❤
11. Jamaican Brown Beef Short Ribs Stew
This one-pot short ribs beef stew is sure to set your mouth on fire! Figuratively and literally! Because of the added spices such as ginger, smoked paprika, Scotch bonnet peppers, and hot sauce. Ooh! Smokingly delicious, indeed! The addition of ketchup and browning sauce perfectly complements our yummy Dutch oven pot roast recipe as well.
12. Beef Bourguignon
This Beef Bourguignon here is also similar to my Slow Cooker Beef Stew. However, this one is fancier because of the added red wine. And to improve its deliciousness, even more, I threw in some bacon bits, cremini mushrooms, carrots, and celery, too. Certainly, one of the best Dutch oven beef stew recipes that are extremely comforting and nourishing.
Dutch Oven Chicken Recipes
13. Easy Cassoulet
This Dutch oven chicken stew is exceptionally filling and satisfying with protein goodies such as chicken, sausage, bacon, beans, and perfectly crumbed surprise toppings. It’s also nutritious because of the carrots, tomatoes, garlic, and onion. Talk about the affordable health-giving meal to serve your family that is absolutely flavorsome, too.
14. Braised Chicken in Coconut Milk
Enjoy an effortlessly delectable whole chicken dish with juicy and fall-off-the-bone goodness. Baked to perfection until golden brown and crispy, then bathed in a lavish pool of well-spiced coconut milk. This makes a fantastic dinner perfect for the whole family, and it’s quick with a 15-minute prep time. Just wow!
15. Poached Chicken
What could be better than adding moist and savory Poached Chicken to your sandwich, salad, burritos, enchilada, and tacos, to name a few? Truly versatile, indeed! You can make this super simple recipe in less than 25 minutes. And it’s pretty customizable, too, with your favorite herbs and spices. Oh yes!
Dutch Oven Soup Recipes
16. Tomato Basil Soup
Whether you’re vegan or not, you’re in for a special treat in this lovely Tomato Basil Soup to keep you warm this cold season. Aah! Made with fresh Roma tomatoes brimming with creamy and buttery goodness. Simply comforting to the core! And the right amount of heat from pepper flakes is not too overpowering.
17. Albondigas Soup
Mexican meatballs, potatoes, carrots, and zucchini simmered in a generously spiced tomato-based soup to fill your tummy with delight. It can stand alone just fine, but, of course, you can enjoy it even more with rice, dinner rolls, or flour tortillas to complete your Mexican fusion dinner. Hmmm-mmmm!
18. French Onion Soup
Not a fan of onions? Well, this humble French Onion Soup here will surely convince you otherwise. You’re gonna love the natural sweetness coming from the caramelized onions along with the rich and buttery beef broth. And the best part? You can make this in a Dutch oven in less than an hour. Oh yes!
19. Chicken Meatball Soup
This is another quick and easy meatball soup you can whip up in a flash once the craving kicks in. In fact, you can have this baby from the kitchen to the table in 45 minutes or less! Yes! And it makes an enticing party starter and appetizer, too, perfect for kids and kids at heart. And if I were you, I’d add more veggies, such as potatoes and bell peppers, to make it more filling and nutritious. 😉
20. Ham and Bean Soup
This humble soup is not only rich and comforting, but it’s also economical because it is made with holiday leftover ham or turkey and beans. It’s oozing with savory flavors from Creole Seasoning, thyme, and bay leaves. What a great way to repurpose holiday leftovers! No more food going to waste! That’s what I’m talkin about!
More Dutch Oven Recipes To Try
21. Corned Beef and Cabbage
Why wait for St. Patrick’s Day when you can enjoy this fork-tender corned beef and cabbage now? All you need is some fresh beef brisket and your favorite seasonings such as allspice and thyme to make this family dinner superstar. Aside from Mashed Potatoes, it pairs pretty well with Potato Bread and Cornbread, too.
22. Collard Greens
And who would have thought that a veggie dish like this Southern favorite could be this appetizing? Especially when it is simmered in luscious ham hock broth. Aah! No wonder these collard greens have always been one of the most requested sides in our home. Not only is this dish nutrition-packed, but also absolutely low-carb and keto-friendly! Yaaay!
23. No-Knead Bread
Oh yes! We can make soft and fluffy Dutch oven bread, too! In fact, you can find many bread recipes for a Dutch oven online, like this no-knead bread here. So easy to make with only 5 ingredients and no kneading required. Beat that, baby! And, of course, our bread here makes a great accompaniment to our other mouthwatering Dutch oven recipes as well. 😉
24. Chili Mac
Chili and Mac and Cheese – Two of our favorite comfort foods combined into one sassy meal. Starring ground beef, canned tomatoes, elbow pasta, and lots of cheese with astonishing flavors from cumin, chili powder, and cayenne for an added kick of heat. This incredibly meaty, cheesy, and the oh-so-tasty one-pot meal is ready in just 30 minutes! Awesome!
25. American Goulash
Lastly, indulge yourself in this wholesome family-favorite pasta meal that has all the “comfort food” feels. Get homey and cozy as you bite this simple yet flavorful one-pot dish. Bursting with amazing complex flavor combinations brought about by various herbs and spices. Certainly, this is a meal you wouldn’t mind eating on a weekly rotation. ❤
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