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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

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    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.