6 Delish Vegetarian Meals You Can Make On a Camp Stove

Don't settle for boring meals just because you're camping - check out these 6 super delicious meals you can make on a camp stove!

Just because you're camping doesn't mean you need to settle for boring food! I was surprised at how many really good recipes we were able to make with just a camp stove and a few basic supplies. We brought along this Coleman 2-Burner Camp Stove which I thought was great (it's affordable, it's slim which is nice for packing, and it has two burners!), and some kitchen supplies. To make sure you pack everything you need (and you don't overpack, either), check out this blog post of everything you'll need to cook awesome camping meals!


Now, here are some of the super delicious vegetarian meals you can make while camping with a few fundamental cooking supplies!


1. Peanut Ramen

Peanut ramen is one of my favorite ways to turn plain ramen noodles into a tastier and more fulfilling meal! And it's super easy because it's basically a throw-whatever-you-have-on-hand-together dish with just a few main non-negotiable ingredients, those being peanut butter and ramen noodles! By the way, did you know that there's SOY SAUCE flavored ramen noodles now?! If you can snag one of these, you can add the packet to the pot so you can start with a nice flavorful broth to mix with your peanut butter, but if you're stuck with chicken, beef, or shrimp flavored ramen, simply omit the flavor packet while cooking to make it vegetarian.


The complexity of this recipe is totally up to you. For example, I personally liked to travel with small bottles of soy sauce, sesame oil, and sriracha, and by adding those items, our peanut sauce had a bigger flavor. We'd also occasionally spring for fresh vegetables instead of frozen. Simply adjust the recipe to your preferences!


Here's what you need

  • Soy Sauce Ramen Noodles

  • Peanut Butter

  • Frozen Vegetables (or fresh!)

  • Olive Oil

  • Optional: Plant-Based Chicken (Gardein is a good, affordable brand)

  • Optional: Soy Sauce

  • Optional: Sesame Oil

  • Optional: Sriracha

  • Optional Toppings: Peanuts

  • Optional Toppings: Green Onions


Here's how to make it

  1. Boil the ramen noodles according to package instructions and add the flavor packet if you want to!

  2. While the ramen is cooking, sauté the vegetables and/or plant-based chicken (this is where two burners come in handy!)

  3. Mix the peanut sauce with whatever mix-ins you've got (soy sauce, sriracha, etc.), making sure to include some of the ramen noodle broth if you added the flavor packet.

  4. Toss the drained ramen noodles, peanut sauce, vegetables, and plant-based chicken together and top with peanuts and/or green onions if desired!


2. Fajitas

Fajitas are a classic! They're so quick and easy, yet still tasty. Plus, when fajita spice mixes are a thing, it literally can't get any easier. You could totally go for frozen fajita vegetable mix if you wish, but when you only need peppers and onions (and sometimes I'll add zucchini in for good measure), I like to opt for fresh vegetables! Just like the peanut ramen, fajitas can be a use-whatever-you-have type of meal too. For example, if you've got a random vegetable hanging around that's about to go bad - throw it into your fajitas!


Here's what you need

  • Tortilla wraps (these are a personal fave)

  • Fajita seasoning packet

  • Bell Peppers

  • Onions

  • Olive Oil

  • Optional: Plant-Based Chicken

  • Optional Toppings: Avocado

  • Optional Toppings: Cilantro


Here's how to make it:

  1. Chop up the vegetables and sauté them in a pan with some olive oil (along with the plant-based chicken, if using)

  2. When they've softened to your preference, add the fajita seasoning according to package instructions (you may need some water)

  3. Add the fajita mixture to your tortillas and top with optional toppings, if desired!


3. Pasta with "Meat"balls

I'll be honest - I'm a sucker for the plant-based freezer section in grocery stores. It seems like there are plant-based options for everything these days and I'm here for it. We were inspired to make this simple pasta with "meat"balls after discovering Gardein Classic Meatless Meatballs in some grocery store (probably a Walmart) in northern Montana. P.S. They're definitely not a regional northern Montana thing, this was the first time we noticed them, lol.


Keep in mind that pasta is super easy to make so long as you have access to water! If you're out of water and you can't get any from your campsite, you're going to be out of luck when you go to make pasta.


Here's what you need:

Here's how to make it:

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions

  2. While pasta is cooking, heat up the meatless meatballs in a pan with a little olive oil

  3. Add the meatless meatballs to the pot with the pasta along with the tomato sauce

  4. Stir everything together and then serve (add bread if you're going all-out)


4. Teriyaki Tofu Sliders

This meal is one of my personal favorites. It doesn't seem like you should be able to make something as ~extravagent~ as this while camping, but you'll be surprised at how easy-to-make it actually is! This meal is a play on a family favorite I've made a few times at home, Korean BBQ Tofu Sliders from Hello Little Home. They are so unbelievably delicious, but following the recipe exactly the way it's written just isn't practical for camping. So, with a few small adjustments and a slight change of flavor, I invented the easy camping version - teriyaki tofu sliders!


Here's what you need:

  • Extra-firm Tofu

  • Teriyaki Marinade

  • Slider buns (we used Kings Hawaiian slider rolls)

  • Pre-Bagged Slaw/Salad (try and find an Asian-style salad mix that comes with a dressing - it'll add extra flavor to the meal!)

  • Olive Oil

  • Optional: Sriracha

  • Optional: Avocado


Here's how to make it:

  1. Slice the tofu into 1-inch thick squares

  2. Add a little olive oil to the pan and fry the tofu in batches (don't worry about getting it super crisp - it's still really good when soft)

  3. As you remove the sliders from the pan, cover them in teriyaki marinade

  4. Meanwhile, mix the slaw with the dressing

  5. Assemble the sliders by placing one piece of tofu on the bun, followed by a scoop of slaw.

  6. Top with avocado and/or sriracha (optional) for an extra kick!


5. Fritos Taco Wraps

These Fritos taco wraps utilize a lot of canned and packaged food, so if you don't have the capacity to store fresh vegetables or frozen goods, this will be your new go-to! Then again, it's easy enough to customize - add or omit ingredients based on how you see fit! Everybody makes tacos differently anyway, right?!


Here's what you need:

  • Tortilla wraps

  • Canned Black Beans

  • Canned Corn

  • Olive Oil

  • Fritos

  • Taco Seasoning Packet

  • Optional: Grape Tomatoes

  • Optional: Lettuce

Here's how to make it:

  1. Combine your black beans, corn, taco seasoning packet, and olive oil in a pan

  2. Once warm, add the mixture to a tortilla wrap along with the fritos and any optional ingredients!


6. Vegan Bratwurst

Did you even go camping if you didn't cook some sausages? Even if you're vegetarian (or vegan) you can make sausages as a camping meal thanks to Beyond Meat! I'm like, incredibly obsessed with Beyond Meat Sausage Brats - they taste exactly like regular bratwurst. They make for a really quick, minimal prep type of meal which, let's be honest, we all need from time to time. Sure it's great to be able make more "elaborate" meals while camping, but some days you're just not about it. I totally get it. While I love these bratwursts, really any sort of plant-based sausage/hot dog/burger will do the trick for a quick camping meal!


If you're not into the very German flavors of sauerkraut and mustard, simply grab your favorite toppings to make this plant-based sausage meal your own!


Here's what you need:

  • Beyond Meat Sausage Brats

  • Sausage Buns

  • Sauerkraut

  • Mustard


Here's how to make it:

  1. Heat up the sausage in a skillet

  2. Heat up sauerkraut in a pot, if desired (I usually top with cold sauerkraut!)

  3. Once heated through, add the sausage to the bun and top with sauerkraut and mustard!

There's obviously plenty more great camping meal ideas, but these were some of our staples thanks to how easy and affordable they were to make. (Not to mention we loved the way they tasted too!)

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