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Simple Dutch Oven Pizza

Need a simple recipe for your next camping trip? Try this Dutch Oven Pizza Recipe made with refrigerated or homemade pizza dough.

deep dish pizza made in a dutch oven

We love baking things in our Dutch oven. We love to dump in ingredients and then set it to cook.

Many simple recipes just taste better prepared over the fire or in cast iron. This Campfire Dutch Oven Pizza is no exception.

This easy recipe is fun to make. Get the kids to put it together while you prepare the charcoal.

Check out this camping pizza recipe collection, which includes pie iron pizza sandwiches.

How to Make Dutch Oven Pizza

Baking a pizza in a cast-iron pot is much like making it at home, but the heat source is different. To make pizza you need to:

  1. prepare the charcoal
  2. line the Dutch oven
  3. press dough into bottom of the oven
  4. top with tomato sauce
  5. cover with pizza cheese
  6. add toppings
  7. bake

collage of a pizza being put together

Campfire Pizza Ingredients

This recipe uses the following ingredients:

  • refrigerated pizza dough
  • pizza sauce
  • shredded mozzarella cheese
  • your favorite toppings (pepperoni slices, sausage, mushrooms, onion, black olives, bell peppers)

More Recipes: Campfire Pizza Buns and Campfire Pizza Bread

Detailed Directions

Start by preparing charcoal briquettes, which provide the heat for the Dutch oven. For ease, use instant light charcoal and/or a charcoal chimney.

We prepare 25+ coals for our 10″ dutch oven. Preparing extra coals is always a good idea.

Dutch Oven Cooking Tip
Preheating your cast-iron pot and lid speeds up the baking time.
This can be done with extra briquettes or with campfire coals.

For ease of pizza removal and cleaning, spray the pot with olive oil cooking spray or use homemade Dutch oven liners.

Pizza Dough Options

Refrigerated pizza dough is the quickest way to make this recipe. You can also use a box pizza dough mix that only requires warm water for a crispy crust.

Homemade dough is another great option for camping pizza. We like this pizza dough recipe. Prep your own dough at home or make it out at the campsite.

A thicker tomato sauce (think paste) works best with homemade dough.

Deep Dish Dutch Oven Pizza
this pizza was made with homemade dough

Assemble the Pizza

Roll dough out and press it into the bottom of the Dutch oven, leaving a little lip around the edge.

Spread pizza sauce on the dough to the edge of the lip. We find that a little bit goes a long way!

Cover the sauce with generous amounts of mozzarella cheese and top with your favorite pizza toppings. Sprinkle with some parmesan cheese for added flavor.

Close up the Dutch oven.

Arrange 8 pieces of prepared charcoal in a small circle and place the oven over the circle.

Arrange 17 coals on the Dutch oven lid.

Turn the lid a quarter turn one way and the pot the other at the 10-minute mark for even baking.

Bake for 20-30 minutes. Use a lid lifter to check that the pizza crust is golden brown.

2 pizzas on a baking sheet

This Campfire Dutch Oven Pizza recipe turned out really well. It is amazing how cast iron elevates the taste of simple dough creating a delicious pizza. You can even make Frozen Pizza over the Campfire.

Mix up the type of sauce, cheese, and toppings to make your favorite kind of pizza the next time you camp.

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dutch oven pizza with pepperoni

Yield: 4 servings

Dutch Oven Pizza

Dutch Oven Pizza

Elevate simple ingredients into the perfect pizza while camping with this easy Dutch oven recipe.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 1 tube of refrigerated pizza dough (see notes)
  • pizza sauce
  • shredded pizza cheese
  • sliced pepperoni or toppings of choice

Instructions

    1. Prepare 25+ charcoal briquettes for your Dutch oven.
    2. Cover the inside of the Dutch oven with oil spray or use a Dutch oven liner.
    3. Roll out the pizza dough and press it into the bottom of your oven leaving a little lip around the edge.
    4. Spread pizza sauce on the dough up to the lip.
    5. Cover the sauce with cheese.
    6. Top with your desired toppings.
    7. Place the lid on the dutch oven.
    8. Arrange 8 prepared coal in a small circle and place the oven over it.
    9. Place 17 hot coals on the lid of the Dutch oven.
    10. Bake for 20-30 minutes, rotating the lid and pot in opposite directions halfway through baking.

Notes

Instead of refrigerated dough, use a just-add-water pizza crust mix, or homemade pizza dough of your choice.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 142

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Tina

Monday 12th of September 2022

How did you get it out?

Diana Hansen

Monday 12th of September 2022

Most of the time food comes right out of a well-seasoned cast iron pot. We usually use a liner, which makes removing food a snap. Otherwise, cutting into the food and scraping it from the side is the best way to get it started. Then use a spatula to pull the rest out.

Kim D

Monday 11th of July 2022

What temperature? I see no mention of that and it is kinda critical to success.

Diana Hansen

Wednesday 20th of July 2022

We use the directions on the package to determine the temperature.

Colleen

Saturday 9th of April 2022

Sorry, I just found the size. 10inch.

Colleen

Saturday 9th of April 2022

What size dutch oven?

Alycefaye Stewart

Wednesday 19th of May 2021

HOW MANY COALS UNDER AND ON TOP OF DUTCH OVEN? This will be my first time using the D.O.

Let's Camp S'more

Wednesday 19th of May 2021

We typically put about 8 underneath and 12 on the lid.

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