How to make Dutch-oven Southwestern Breakfast Casserole

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Southwestern Breakfast Casserole
Servings: 10-12
Total time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

What you’ll need:

  • 12” camp Dutch oven
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Fork for mixing
  • 12 eggs
  • ½ tsp. powdered mustard
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 lb. ground pork sausage
  • Half loaf of bread, broken into small pieces
  • ½ large onion, diced
  • ½ large green pepper, diced
  • ½ large red pepper, diced
  • ½ large orange pepper, diced
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 small jar of mild salsa


1. At home, preslice vegetables to make the cooking process easier at camp. Store diced onion in its own resealable bag; store diced peppers in separate resealable bag.

2. At camp, preheat Dutch oven over 25 coals.

3. While oven is warming, mix eggs, powdered mustard and milk in bowl.

4. Brown sausage and onion in the oven.

5. Mix bread and sliced peppers with the sausage.

6. Pour egg mixture over bread, peppers and sausage.

7. Cover all with cheese.

8. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, using 17 coals on the lid and 8 coals under the oven until the eggs set. Refresh coals as required.

9. Serve with salsa, if you like.

Adapted from The Scout’s Dutch Oven Cookbook by Tim and Christine Conners


  1. Given that this version is adapted from a cookbook, does that make it not copyrighted?

    The reason I ask is, I’m running a cooking camporee in 2 months, and we’re asking for the main cooking competition for patrols to use a non-copyrighted recipe since we’re going to put them together in a cookbook…and then give participating troops a copy of the cookbook, and let our local Scout Stores have the option of selling printed copies.

    So, I’d like to share this recipe as an idea for the event, if it meets our guidelines. 🙂

    • Michael, thanks for asking about this. The authors of this feature are also the authors of the mentioned cookbook. We reprinted the recipe — with amendments our chefs made to add some extra color to the photography — with their permission. Hope that helps. –Gretchen Sparling

    • Individual recipes are not, and cannot be copyrighted. The reason being if I write a recipe for scrambled eggs, and somebody else writes the same recipe on a website for scrambled eggs, I could sue them for copyright infringement.

      Therefore u.s. case law states individual recipes cannot be copyrighted, but if you reprint several recipes from a cookbook, then you are infringing on the copyright of the entire book, not the single recipe.

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