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21 Cast Iron Dutch Oven Recipes to Devour Tonight

Cast iron dutch oven recipes are a great way to cook something low and slow for tender fall off the bone meats, to steam a loaf of crusty bread to perfection, or toss a pasta for a one-pan meal. Discover 21 of my favorite ways to put this cast iron workhorse to good use in your own kitchen. 

Beef and Pork Cast Iron Dutch Oven Recipes

Cooking beef or pork in your cast iron dutch oven is especially great because it lends itself to longer, slower cook times–that means you can use tougher (and more affordable) cuts of meat and still get a great final product. I always recommend checking on your beef or pork hourly to make sure it still has plenty of steam-making liquid inside.

Dutch oven pot roast with carrots and potatoes

Feast and Farm

 pot roast in a dutch oven with potatoes and carrots on a blue napkin

Braised Dutch Oven Pulled Pork

Our Salty Kitchen

pull pork roast pieces on a cutting board with a fork

Beef short ribs braised in red wine

Butter Your Biscuit

beef short ribs over mashed potatoes

Mexican Meatball Soup

Low Carb with Jennifer

Mexican meatball soup in a white bowl

Stuffed Green Pepper Casserole

Food Meanderings

stuffed green pepper casserole in a white cup

Unstuffed Cabbage Roll Soup

Savory Tooth

unstuffed cabbage roll soup in a pot

Chicken cast iron dutch oven recipes

“Oh I love bone dry chicken!” That’s what no one says. Ever.

Make juicy chicken in your cast iron dutch oven and make use of cuts you may not normally choose–like thigh meat–it holds up well because it its higher fat content and always makes a juicer final product. Leaving the bones in and the skin on also helps your chicken emerge flavorful and juicy.

The BEST Chicken Cacciatore


chicken cacciatore in a dutch oven on a blue napkin

Chicken Taco Pasta

Real Food Real Deals

chicken taco pasta in a blue pot

French Onion Chicken

The Missing Lokness

french onion chicken on a white plate with a bread stick

Arroz con Pollo

Hearth and Vine

arroz con pollo in a dutch oven

Garlic and Ginger Caramel Chicken Thighs

Karen’s Kitchen Stories

garlic and ginger chicken thighs in a dutch oven

Slow Cooked Salsa Verde Chicken

Low Carb Yum

slow cooked salsa verde chicken in three white bowls

Cozy chicken and biscuit casserole

Feast and Farm

chicken and biscuit casserole in a white cup

Side dishes made for your cast iron dutch oven

I love the bits of golden brown cheese that forms on the edge of my favorite casseroles, or the crispy bits of potatoes cooked in cast iron. You just can’t replicate it in any other baking tool.

That’s why these side dishes are so fun–get some cheesy potatoes or try the new trend of baking bread in your cast iron dutch oven. The steam makes a crispy crust and the dough couldn’t be easier to put together.

Dutch oven cheesy potatoes

Longbourn Farm

dutch oven cheesy potatoes

No Knead Crusty Dutch Oven Bread

Feast and Farm

loaf of dutch oven bread

Vegetable-based soups, stews and chowders for your cast iron dutch oven

There may not be anything easier that throwing a few good ingredients in a dutch oven and watching them come to life as a soothing soup or stew. Canned ingredients often work well here and are great for meals over the campfire too.

Summer corn chowder

Sugar Spun Run

summer corn chowder in two white bowls

Italian White Bean and Vegetable Soup

A Simple Palate

italian white bean and vegetable soup in a dutch oven

Smoky Potato Bacon Corn Chowder

Earth Food and Fire

smoky potato bacon corn chowder in a white bowl

Lentil stew with spinach and potatoes

Veggie Society

lentil stew with spinach and tomatoes in a white bowl

Pasta dishes you can make in your cast iron dutch oven

Depending on how things are going, your dutch oven can serve as the one-pan wonder for pasta dishes. You can boil your pasta and finish it all in one dish. To me, there’s no bad way to eat it–slathered in sauce or lightly dressed, these pasta dishes will have you singing the praises of your dutch oven.

Roasted cherry tomato cappellini  

Yummy Mummy Kitchen

roasted cherry tomato cappellini in a dutch oven with tongs

Campfire Dutch Oven Vegetable Lasagna

Champagne Tastes

camp fire dutch oven lasagna

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    1. You can if your soup recipe doesn’t have a lot of tomatoes in it. Some people find that long simmers of acidic foods like tomatoes in cast iron causes an odd flavor in the food. –Rachel

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Rachel Ballard, RN, BSN brings more than 20 years of professional nursing expertise to Feast and Farm. With a love for nutrient dense foods that support wellness, she works to distill complex health information and current trends into recipes that fuel the best version of yourself. Read more about Rachel here.