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

How to make enchiladas in a Dutch oven

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 pre-made 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, but it has a great taste.

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

Pre-trip prep

To save yourself some time at the campsite, you can make your enchilada filling at home ahead of time. Store it in a container in your cooler until ready to use.
At camp, just skip ahead to the enchilada rolling step, cover with sauce and cheese, and bake.

Two enchiladas on a camping plate

Dutch oven cooking equipment

Dutch Oven: This recipe was written to fit a 4qt (10”) Dutch oven. We use this one from Lodge. If you want feed a larger group, scale the recipe up to fit into a 12” oven.
Chimney Starter: If you’re using charcoal instead of embers, a chimney starter will really help get them started. This one packs flat for easy storage.
Lid Lifter: Dutch oven lids get HOT once covered in coals, so using a lid lifter will help keep your hands out of the way when checking on things.
Heat Resistant Gloves: Alternatively, you could use these heat resistant gloves to move your oven around.

Other Dutch oven recipes

Dutch Oven Mac and Cheese
Dutch Oven Chicken Marbella
Dutch Oven Chili
Dutch Oven Nachos
Dutch Oven Apple Cobbler

Enchiladas in a dutch oven on a table

Dutch Oven Enchiladas

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.
Author: Fresh Off The Grid
4.69 from 85 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
4 enchiladas


  • 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


  • cilantro, jalapenos, lime, etc.


  • 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!



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

Nutrition (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 is an estimate based on information provided by a third-party nutrition calculator
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  1. 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……..

  2. 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!

    1. 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.

  3. 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,

    1. 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.

      1. TeriBerryBee says:

        We make these with corn tortillas BUT, we cheat. I recommend you skip the rolling, quarter the tortillas, and layer them into a casserole with the other ingredients. That’s the only change we make. We LOVE this recipe.5 stars

  4. What size tortillas should I use?

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

  5. 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

  6. 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!

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

  8. Gwendolyn says:

    We LOVED these and will make them often! This website is becoming my “go-to” for camping recipes! My husband looked up from his enchiladas last weekend and commented “Man, we sure eat good when we’re camping!” Thank you!

  9. Steohanie says:

    How would you add chicken to this recipe. I have some thoughts but didn’t won’t to over cook chicken

    1. First, we’d recommend going with chicken thighs. They’re fattier and won’t have the same risk of drying out. Pound them relatively flat and pan-fry them with a little bit of oil in the bottom of the Dutch Oven first. Once they’re cooked through, remove them and chop into chunks. Then proceed to cook the peppers and onions just like the recipe says. You can then add the chicken as a filler with the peppers and onions.

  10. What would the temp and cook time be fore oven cooking?

    1. 20 minutes at an oven temp of 375 F seems to be the consensus for enchiladas. You’re really just melting the cheese and bringing all the flavors together. All the ingredients should either be pre-cooked (chicken, thickly sliced peppers) or doesn’t need to really be “cooked” (like black bean, cheese, cilantro)

  11. Flavorful, easy and even my five year old gave it thumbs up. I prepped the veggies at home and made for a quick meal over the fire.5 stars

  12. Great recipe – tasty, easy and quick. We had some leftover fresh corn that I added to the other veggies. We will definitely try this again. 2 tsp of salt sounded like too much so I cut back to 1 tsp and it was still a bit salty for us but I know everyone’s tastes are different!5 stars

    1. Thanks for the feedback, Sue! My guess is that the sauce has different sodium levels depending on the brand. We’ll have to adjust the recipe to be “salt to taste.”

  13. Made these this past weekend camping and got raving reviews!! So tasty and easy to make. I did prep and cook the filling ahead of time, then just rolled and cooked on the day. Loved it!5 stars