Dutch Oven Enchiladas

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Cheesy, spicy, and oh so filling – these veggie-stuffed Dutch Oven enchiladas are one of our new campfire favorites.

Enchiladas in a dutch oven on a table

We never know when it will strike, but we rarely go an entire week without an Enchilada Night. It’s just such a perfect weekday meal: It uses a lot of staple ingredients, it’s quick and easy to make, and always leaves feeling satisfied (sometimes a little too satisfied, oy!) So it would seem an excellent candidate for a camping meal, if it weren’t for that whole needing an oven thing…

But never fear, a cast iron Dutch oven is all you need!

When it comes to campfire Dutch oven recipes, enchiladas is one of the easiest places to start. The reason being: there’s not a whole lot of actual cooking going on. Sure, you are warming ingredients and melting cheese, but that’s all super forgiving stuff. So if you’re new to Dutch oven cooking or thinking about getting into it, kick things off with enchiladas!

Enchiladas in a dutch oven on a table
Two enchiladas on a plate

Now making enchiladas is a pretty straightforward process, but we have a few tips that can make a real difference.

1.) Use flour tortillas, if you can. While we prefer corn tortillas for tacos, for enchiladas we find that extra malleability of flour tortillas is a huge help. (If you are on a gluten-free diet or otherwise must use corn, the best trick to keep them from breaking is to warm them up before rolling.)

2.) Enchiladas are only as good as its sauce. Spicy, bright, and slightly tangy are the flavors we look for. Homemade is obviously the ideal choice, but when camping it’s more likely you’ll be using canned sauce. We’ve tried a lot of different canned sauces, some good, some not so good. Here are our favorite store-bought options:

Frontero – Comes in a pouch, so it compacts down in the trash after you’re done using it.
Las Palmas – Traditional canned variety that comes in mild or spicy (we prefer the spicy version!)
Trader Joe’s – Comes in a glass bottle which may not be ideal for camping unless you repackage it, but it has a great taste.

3.) Toppings! Cilantro, diced red onion, a spritz of lime juice, cotija cheese, or sliced jalapenos are all excellent ways to take your enchiladas to the next level.

So for your next camping trip, pack along the Dutch oven and take Enchilada Night into to great outdoors.

Two enchiladas on a camping plate

Enchiladas in a dutch oven on a table

Dutch Oven Enchiladas

Recipe by Fresh Off the Grid
These Dutch Oven Enchiladas are such an easy camping meal! Stuffed with veggies, covered in sauce, and topped with melted cheese, this recipe is one that everyone will enjoy.
Makes 4 enchiladas
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into strips
  • ½ red onion, sliced into thin half-moons
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 14 oz can enchilada sauce
  • 2 cups cheese
  • 1 cup cooked black beans
  • 4-6 flour tortillas

Garnishes

  • cilantro, jalapenos, lime, etc.

Instructions

  • Prepare your coals or get your campfire going so that you'll have embers to cook with.
  • Over medium heat, heat the oil in a Dutch oven. Add the peppers and saute for a few minutes until they are starting to soften. Add the onions and saute until the onions are soft and translucent and the peppers are soft. Add the garlic, cumin, and salt, and saute 30 seconds, until fragrant. Remove from heat and transfer the vegetables to a plate or bowl.
  • Add 1/2 cup enchilada sauce to coat the bottom of the Dutch oven.
  • To build the enchiladas, place onions and peppers in a line the center of a flour tortilla. Add a few spoonfuls of black beans and top with cheese. Roll the tortilla around the fillings, then place the enchilada, seam side down, into the Dutch oven. Repeat with the remaining ingredients. This recipe will make 4-6 enchiladas depending on the size of your Dutch oven.
  • Cover the enchiladas with the remaining sauce and cheese. Place the lid on top.
  • Return the Dutch oven to your campfire. Place it over indirect heat (the grill grate over the campfire works great) and stack 14-16 coals on the lid. Cook about 10 minutes, until the cheese is melted.
  • Serve topped with jalapenos, cilantro, and a squeeze of lime & enjoy!

NOTES

MAKE IT AHEAD

The filling can be made at home ahead of time and packed in your cooler. At camp, start with step 3.

Nutrition Info (per serving)

Calories: 501kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 59mg | Sodium: 2584mg | Potassium: 375mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 2180IU | Vitamin C: 41.9mg | Calcium: 473mg | Iron: 4.1mg
*Nutrition info is an estimate based on information provided by myfitnesspal.com
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  • Chanda and Mike says:

    Loving your website!! Getting ready for an epic Oregon Coast and Redwood NP adventure while trying to get my family to eat better and create healthier camping habits……..

  • I love your recipes and am planning to try several of them when we camp in the Wallowas in late September.

    I will say, though, with this recipe, I do not agree that flour tortillas are better for enchiladas. They are too absorbent. To make corn tortillas, either put them, individually in warmed sauce, before rolling them. Or warm them in a steamy towel. I will admit that I have access to a microwave in my Aliner tailer, so I use a tortilla warmer in the microwave. I prefer the taste of corn tortillas and they are used in traditional recipes. Flour tortillas are more typically used in burritos.

    I have used a camp stove up until now. I’m really excited about cooking over a campfire and with coals. Should be fun!

    • While we vastly prefer fresh corn tortillas, the factory corn tortillas we find at most grocery stores tend to tear way too easily. We will have to give the soaking technique a try to see if that helps. We turned to flour tortillas just to save ourselves the frustration but would love to switch back to corn if it were possible.

  • Flour tortillas? What madness is this?! Corn or go home!!!

    Actually, I bet the flour tortillas make the prep more than a bit easier at the campsite; I soak my corn ones in the heated sauce, one by one, and then fill and roll. I’m pretty sure the soaking is because the corn tortillas tend to be less pliable to begin with. Flour tortillas would actually remove that step at the campsite! I’m all about easy at the campsite!

    Can’t wait to try this as I’ve never had flour tortilla enchiladas (sort of a wet flauta, no?) and I’m wondering what the absence of the masa flavor will allow to blossom!

    Thanks again,
    Will

    • If they were fresh corn tortillas, we would absolutely say go with corn. But when we’re camping, we seem to only be able to get our hands on factory-made corn tortillas to tear way too easily. So to save ourselves the frustration we switched to flour. But we agree with you, if you can get fresh corn tortillas, there is no comparison.

  • What size tortillas should I use?

    • It depends on the size of your cooking vessel, but something larger than street taco size smaller than burrito size.

  • Hello!! I had a great time looking all around your websdite/blog. Your recipe for Dutch Oven Enchiladas caught my eye. I happened to have all the ingredients on hand, even to the fresh cilantro from our herb garden down behind the condo. I used Maui onion, green chile enchilada sauce, flour tortillas and grated cheddar cheese. This gave me a chance to use my new Dutch oven!! The recipe turned out great … was very, very yummy. Thanks for sharing!5 stars

  • I made these camping a few weeks back and my partner RAVED about how good my camp meals are. I credit it all to you!

  • Dutch Oven enchiladas look tempting. I will definitely try this in next camping

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