Mac and cheese in a Dutch oven on a picnic table

Dutch Oven Mac & Cheese

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Fresh Off the Grid
Quick, easy, and super cheesy, this Dutch Oven Mac & Cheese is a great way to make this comfort food classic when camping.
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  • 2 cups elbow macaroni
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1-2 tablespoons mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 5 oz bag Kettle Brand Jalapeño chips


  • Prepare your coals or campfire.
  • Add the elbow macaroni, water, butter, and salt to a 4-qt Dutch oven. Cover and place on top of a small bed of coals or embers. Place 10-15 coals on top of the Dutch oven. Cook for about 10 minutes, until the pasta is tender and most (but not all) of the liquid has been absorbed.
  • Carefully remove the Dutch oven from the campfire and set aside the lid.
  • Stir in the shredded cheese, mustard, and garlic powder and add more salt if needed.
  • Serve in bowls or on a plate, and top with crushed jalapeño Kettle Brand chips. Enjoy!




This recipe can easily be scaled up to feed a crowd! Simply double (or triple!) the ingredients - the method will remain the same. If tripling or beyond, you may want to upgrade to a 12" Dutch oven. Likewise, this recipe can be halved to serve two.


4 qt Dutch oven with lid
Lid lifter or heat proof gloves
Charcoal briquettes or firewood
Cheese grater
Wooden spoon
Plates or bowls & utensils for serving