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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.


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:

  1. Add clean water to your cast iron pan. Place over a fire or grill and bring to a boil.
  2. Use your spatula to gently break loose any larger food pieces.
  3. Remove from the fire. Scrub gently with a nylon bristle scrub brush.
  4. Rinse and dry completely (this is super important!! You do not want rust to form). We stick ours back over a grill or fire.
  5. Rub with oil.

This camping recipe is easy, tasty, and perfect for all of your outdoor adventures! It also ranks as our:


Like this recipe? You will love my Camping Breakfast Burritos, Camping Peach Cobbler, Tips for Camping with Toddlers!

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

Cheesy Dutch Oven Potatoes

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

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!


  • Potatoes, cleaned and sliced
  • Bacon, diced
  • Cheese, shredded
  • Onions, sliced
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Start by slicing your potatoes and onion and set aside. Chop up the bacon and add it to your warm dutch oven.
  2. Spoon out the cooked bacon. Leave the grease in the bottom of the pan. 
  3. Add a layer of potatoes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Add a layer of onions followed by a layer of cheese. Top with bacon.
  5. Repeat the layers. 
  6. Cook for 45 minutes on a grill or with hot coals until the potatoes are soft.


(The amounts will vary depending on your dutch oven size)

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Penny King

Wednesday 5th of December 2018

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.


Thursday 6th of December 2018

How great to hear he has managed to keep it for so long! Cast iron really is everlasting. I hope you love the recipe!


Thursday 12th of July 2018

This was the biggest hit across 8 options for dinner this past week when we were camping in Yosemite - and super easy too!

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Wednesday 10th of May 2017

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? Thanks!


Monday 25th of July 2016

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. :)


Tuesday 26th of July 2016

I'm glad you liked them! Thanks for sharing your tips!

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