Dutch Oven Bacon Potatoes

A Dutch oven sitting on concrete filled with bacon potatoes.

A flexible side dish for most mains, these Dutch oven bacon potatoes are flavored with onions and garlic. It is a simple dish with great flavor. The potatoes are parboiled first, then browned with the onions and bacon.

The Dutch oven is used over a bottom heat such as a campfire or gas stove. This makes it a relatively easy dish for those new to cooking in a Dutch oven as there is no baking math to be considered. You can parboil the potatoes in the Dutch oven first, dry them out, then cook the bacon.

Try this side with a range of potatoes to find the best local variety. A waxy style of potato will hold its shape better while still being tender. A powdery potato will dissolve a little more, but also absorbs the bacon juices better.

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The potatoes have just been added to the bacon and onions in the Dutch oven to be browned.
The potatoes, when added to the Dutch oven, can be browned as much or as little as desired.
A close up image of the bacon potatoes on a camp plate as a side dish to a main meat.
The Dutch oven bacon potatoes is a great side dish to most meats including steaks, roasts, and smoked meats.
A Dutch oven sitting on concrete filled with bacon potatoes.
Although cooked in a Dutch oven this recipe is cooked completely with below heat.

Dutch Oven Bacon Potatoes Recipe

A Dutch oven sitting on concrete filled with bacon potatoes.
A flexible side dish for most mains this Dutch Oven Bacon Potatoes also is flavored with onions and garlic.
Preparation 15 minutes
Cook 20 minutes
Ready in 35 minutes
Servings 6 Servings
CourseSide Dish


  • 3 pounds potatoes
  • 2 yellow onions
  • 2 pounds bacon
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • salt to taste


  • pot
  • Dutch oven


  • Depending on the potatoes you choose, you may peel or leave the skin on. Cut the potatoes into 1-inch (2 1/2cm) cubes.
  • Place a pot on to boil with water about 4 inches (10cm) deep. When boiling, add the potatoes and parboil. Remove, drain, and put aside until needed.
  • Peel and dice the onions into similar sizes as the potatoes. Slice the bacon into strips.
  • Preheat the Dutch oven then add the bacon. Cook until it starts to render its fat, then add the onions. Cook until starting to become translucent.
  • Add the potatoes to the Dutch oven, then crush the garlic directly on top. Stir then leave to brown. When the base is starting to brown, stir again to expose a different part of the potato to brown. Continue until it has your desired color.
  • Taste and add additional salt if needed. Bacon tends to be salty so it may not be necessary to add any.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 822kcalCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 24gFat: 60gSaturated Fat: 20gPolyunsaturated Fat: 10gMonounsaturated Fat: 26gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 100mgSodium: 1016mgPotassium: 1314mgFiber: 6gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 61IUVitamin C: 48mgCalcium: 46mgIron: 2mg

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Bill has been cooking traditionally his whole life. Starting with Dutch ovens while a scout then fine-tuning his barbecue in Georgia.

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