15 Cast Iron Dutch Oven Dinner Recipes You’ll Want To Make Again and Again and Again

Looking for something to slow-cook this weekend? Want to up the cozy-ness of your house and be rewarded with a heartwarming dinner at the end of the day? Love the idea of a big pot of something simmering away in the oven with little hands-on prep? I’ve got you. Here are 15 easy cast iron Dutch oven recipes to slow cook this weekend. We’re talking stews, soups, and delicious pasta, and I’ve even thrown in homemade soda bread to mop up all that sauciness!

PS. They freeze well too!

A Slow-cooked lamb shoulder with some of the meat pulled apart on a timber chopping board.

Slow-Cooked Lamb Shoulder with Herbs de Provence

So here’s my really easy slow-cooked lamb shoulder. It’s a handful of simple ingredients and flavors, roasted at a lower temperature in the oven for a few hours until it’s melt-in-your-mouth tender!

A corned beef silverside and vegetables dinner on a table.

Dutch Oven Corned Beef (Easy Silverside Recipe)

Corned Beef Silverside is serious comfort food on a cold winter’s day – or to be honest every day of the year. It’s a super classic recipe full of simple ingredients. And I just love it.

A chipotle chicken salad and rice bowl is on a vintage cream and green tray. A pot of salt and cutlery sit beside.

Easy Dutch Oven Pulled Chicken – Mexican Style!

Tastier than takeout! Slow-cooked shredded chicken in a chipotle and black bean stew. Delicious as nachos, or as the ultimate Mexican rice bowl with steamed rice and a chopped salad!

A black cast iron Dutch oven with a loaf of soda bread in it and a pot of honey beside.

Traditional Irish Soda Bread

This traditional Irish soda bread recipe is an easy, rustic loaf of bread that you can prep and bake in under an hour. Winner!

The cooked beef bourguignon pie with a serving spooned out of it.

Beef Cheek Bourguignon Pie

Slow-cooked Beef cheek bourguignon is hard to beat on a cold day. It’s better still when it’s turned into a pie with a delicious flaky pastry top!

two bowls of roast butternut chipotle soup without cream on a timber bench.

Roast Butternut Pumpkin Chipotle Soup (without cream)

This roast butternut chipotle soup without cream is a total winner. It’s simple to make, hearty, and ridiculously inexpensive.  The perfect cold-weather soup!

flatlay of a frypan of slow cooked beef and red wine ragu on a bed of capunti pasta, with parmasean and basil leaves.

Slow-Cooked Beef and Red Wine Ragu with Capunti Pasta

Beef and red wine ragu with a glass of wine, on the couch in front of Netflix is my happy place after a long day at the store. It’s meaty, full of red wine & tomatoes, and is one of the most soul warming dishes around.

frypan of slow cooked beef stroganoff with black pepper pappardelle

Big Batch: Slow Cooked Beef Stroganoff (Dutch oven)

Stew and pasta… talk about ultimate comfort food!

A white cast iron pan with bacon and cheese rolls baked in it.

Cheese and Bacon Rolls

 It’s an Aussie staple. Well, this is my version. Light, fluffy homemade bread rolls with a good bit of bacon and cheese thrown into the mix!  

a bowl of slow-cooked Mexican beef cheeks on a bed of rice in a bowl

Slow Cooked Mexican Pulled Beef Cheeks (Dutch Oven)

We do Mexican Tuesdays every week and the good thing about cooking this big batch of Mexican shredded beef, is that we always have leftovers for Wednesday night as well as the odd lunch or two! One pot can easily be transformed into tacos one night, enchiladas the next.

A black cast iron pot of slow cooked, Irish lamb Stew on a bench

An Irishman’s Wife’s Traditional Irish Lamb Stew Recipe

Because what’s the good of an Irishman’s wife if she doesn’t have a good traditional Irish Lamb Stew recipe up her sleeve?

a bowl of rigatoni bolognese sprinkled with parmesan cheese and fresh basil on a wooden table.

Slow-cooked Rigatoni Bolognese (Dutch Oven)

My Rigatoni Bolognese is a family staple, a classic Italian dish, and one of my go-to recipes. Serve alongside a green salad and garlic bread.

A black pot of Persian lamb shank and vegetable soup with naan bread on the side.

Persian Lamb Shank and Vegetable Soup

This slow-cooked lamb shank soup has all the ingredients of the perfect Sunday supper, and if you’re really lucky, there will be leftovers for tomorrow’s lunch!

a oval cast iron french oven full of slow cooked beef cheeks in red wine with carrots and mushrooms.

Big Batch: Slow Cooked Beef Cheeks in Red Wine

We’re talking melt-in-your-mouth, slow-cooked beef cheeks, and vegetables in red wine gravy. Serve with lashings of creamy mashed potato, and buttered beans for a delicious dinner party or family dinner.

A black dutch oven full of black bean chili con carne with a chopped salad and corn chips.

Slow Cooked Black Bean Chili Con Carne (in a Dutch Oven)

This Dutch oven chili con carne is one of my go-to batch cooking recipes, and it freezes perfectly, so hello cozy mid-week dinner. It’s perfect comfort food, the entire family loves it, and it makes a  nice hearty meal after a long day at the store. 

Ok, so I hope you found a few easy Dutch oven recipes to cook this weekend. Whether it’s as simple as throwing a whole chicken into a pot and poaching in chicken broth or a slow-cooked spaghetti bolognese, using your Dutch oven to cook everyday one-pot meals is simpler than you may think. Look at what you already cook and adapt to the most versatile piece of cookware in your kitchen – you won’t regret it!

So don’t be shy, let me know in the comments what you are cooking this weekend in your Dutch oven, and Happy (slow) cooking!


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