Pan Tacos
Pan Tacos

Dutch Oven Pan Tacos


July 8, 2016

A great recipe for your next camping trip or for your kitchen. This amazing family meal made with a dutch oven is easy and delicious!

The Dutch Oven

The dutch oven was originally made in the Netherlands – thus the name “Dutch” oven. The thick walls of the oven make it rugged to withstand heavy outdoor use. The dutch oven was one of Lewis and Clark’s most prized possessions on their mapping expedition across uncharted America. The dutch oven’s classic cast iron retains heat making it a great little micro-kitchen.

  • Yields: 8-10 servings


1 ½ pounds lean ground beef

1 small onion, chopped

1 can (16-oz) refried beans

1 jar (28-oz) salsa of choice, divided

8-10 flour tortillas

2-3 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese

Lettuce, optional

Tomato, optional garnish

Sour cream


In dutch oven, brown ground beef with chopped onion until cooked through. Add refried beans and approximately ⅔ the jar of salsa (to taste). Simmer for 10 minutes. Remove all but approximately ⅔-cup of the meat mixture from the dutch oven; set aside.

Place one tortilla in the bottom of dutch oven, tear second tortilla and place on bottom of oven to fill in the gaps. Spread tortillas with approximately ⅓ the meat mixture and shredded cheese. Repeat to make 3 layers of meat/beans and tortilla, ending with shredded cheese. Place dutch oven over hot coals or in a 350 degree oven and thoroughly heat through.

Serve with additional salsa, shredded lettuce, chopped tomato, and sour cream.

*Adapted from Brenda Brown’s Pan Taco recipe. Brenda is from Orem, Utah. Meat and bean mixture may be made prepared ahead and refrigerated. Serves 8-10.

What's for dessert?

You can't have a real camping trip without Smore's. Quickie S’More Cake is inspired by every camper that has put a marshmallow on a stick.


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