Cheesy Dutch Oven Potatoes are loaded with bacon and cooked to perfection over hot coals or in the oven! Ideal for camping or an everyday side!
Show of hands, who here loves camping??
I am going to guess that every single one of you raised your hand because this recipe is as camping-ish as it comes.
The truth is I had absolutely no hand in prepping this one. All of the credit goes to my in-laws who are the King and Queen of cooking outdoors. Their recipes are easy and delicious which is the perfect combo. No need to sacrifice flavor just because you are not cooking in the comforts of your kitchen!
So let’s dive right in to this cheese packed side dish.
Cheesy Dutch Oven Potatoes with Bacon
There are so many wonderful components to this dish but the best has got to be BACON. That is where a majority of your flavor is going to come from.
TIP: DO NOT DRAIN THE BACON GREASE!
You will thank me for this later. Leaving the grease in the bottom of the pan really adds to the crisp flavor of the potatoes.
With only 5 ingredients, you really cannot go wrong with this easy camping recipe!
After cooking your bacon you layer the rest of the ingredients and cook until your potatoes are done! In about one hour you have a drool worthy meal that everyone will be raving about!
Side note, cleaning your cast iron while you are out can be a challenge. Here are a few good tips for how we keep ours in tip top shape!
Tips for cleaning cast iron while camping:
- Add clean water to your cast iron pan. Place over a fire or grill and bring to a boil.
- Use your spatula to gently break loose any larger food pieces.
- Remove from the fire. Scrub gently with a nylon bristle scrub brush.
- Rinse and dry completely (this is super important!! You do not want rust to form). We stick ours back over a grill or fire.
- Rub with oil.
This camping recipe is easy, tasty, and perfect for all of your outdoor adventures! It also ranks as our:
TOP CAMPING RECIPE
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We love that it is so customizable.
If you do not like onions you can leave them out.
Add different spices to give them a little kick.
Or just make them as my in-laws did and enjoy all of that cheesy bacon goodness!
Cheesy Dutch Oven Potatoes
- Potatoes cleaned and sliced
- Bacon diced
- Cheese shredded
- Onions sliced
- Salt and pepper
- Start by slicing your potatoes and onion and set aside. Chop up the bacon and add it to your warm dutch oven.
- Spoon out the cooked bacon. Leave the grease in the bottom of the pan.
- Add a layer of potatoes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
- Add a layer of onions followed by a layer of cheese. Top with bacon.
- Repeat the layers.
- Cook for 45 minutes on a grill or with hot coals until the potatoes are soft.
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Comments & Reviews
Penny King says
My husband still has the Dutch Oven he had when he was in scouts. Now we have something to cook in this Dutch oven. Potatoes are always a huge hit in this family.
How great to hear he has managed to keep it for so long! Cast iron really is everlasting. I hope you love the recipe!
This was the biggest hit across 8 options for dinner this past week when we were camping in Yosemite – and super easy too!
Can I use a disposable aluminum pan instead of a dutch oven? If so, how far above the fire should i cook it?
And can i make ahead, then warm over fire?
These potatoes are soooo very yummy. We made them over the campfire. We put the Dutch oven on top of a fireproof stone trivet that sat on top of the grill rack directly over the fire (we used the trivet so they would get some indirect heat and not burn… You probably could use an upside down cast iron pan instead of the trivet). We cooked them for 45 minutes without opening the kettle and they turned out perfect. The potatoes on the bottom were crunchy but not burned and were my sons favorite. We had quite a bit of bacon grease in the bottom so the potatoes wouldn’t stick. As far as the fire goes… We did a wood fire that was burning a low to medium flame that eventually went to hot coals. 🙂
I’m glad you liked them! Thanks for sharing your tips!
We made your recipe this past week on our coleman camp stove/grill. It was delicious for supper and then we heated up the leftovers in the morning and added eggs. Not sure which was better – both were fabulous! ! Thanks for sharing…sorry you don’t enjoy camping.
P.S. You may be a candidate for “glamping”. Our “camper” has hot running water, air conditioning, stove, oven and microwave, frig, freezer, toilet, shower and tub. Outdoors when you want but still comforts of home.
How long does the bacon usually take to cook? I’m considering cooking this in an oven, and I’d like a range so I can keep an eye on it (burnt bacon is a party foul in my house!!)
It really just depends on how crispy you like your bacon. I’ve never made it in the oven but I would assume 10-15 minutes.
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We go camping often and I still do not own a Dutch Oven. However, I make these same potatoes but I use the bacon bits made by Oscar Meyer they are the best they are not hard and crunchy like the cheaper ones but very close to fresh cooked bacon and I wrap all of it in non stick foil and throw right in the coals to cook they cook quickly and are very yummy I do use non stick foil and when the potatoes are done I open it up sprinkle on the cheese then wrap it back up until its time to eat the and the cheese is melted.
Jamie P says
This looks good for a dinner companion, going to try this! We make a Dutch oven breakfast similar to this. We cook over coals. Cook bacon first, add potatoes (we use Ore Ida Potatoes O’brien), add cheese, add whisked eggs and milk. We’ve also added mushrooms a few times too. Cooks around an hour or until done. Super good! 🙂
do you turn the potatoes while cooking or just let them sit?
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Mary A says
Did you put a lid on the potatoes in the dutch oven pot?
Yes. I’ll add that into the recipe!
Brenda Horrocks says
Just wondering….if you are cooking them in the oven rather than outside what would you set your oven to?
Thanks for the yummy recipe….we use it and love it!!
I would try 375 degrees. Good luck! Let us know how they turn out!
Add 4 to 5 anchovies under the cheese, and while your at it a handful of black olives won’t go astray either.
maggie b says
You can add a layer of ham pieces for a one dish meal. When I cook a similar dish in the oven I cover the potatoes with milk
I LOVE that idea!
melvene thatcher says
Do you cover this while cooking and is it on top of the stove or in an oven? Thanks [email protected]
We do cover it. Thanks for pointing that out. I’ll go in and change that in the recipe!
aimee @ like mother like daughter says
I love camping. I love dutch oven food. And I know I will love this recipe!
Mmmmm! I want to go camping just to eat these!
You can take my place next time Leanne! I decided I really don’t even like camping. Just go for my boys :0)
The best camping investment I made was cast iron cookware. I just love collecting new recipes for outdoor cooking.