Vegan Campfire Jambalaya

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Scrumptious and full-flavoured vegan campfire jambalaya recipe that’s ideal for adventurous tums in the outdoors

When it comes to the end of a mucky and sweaty day in the outdoors, you want food to be simple and easy. That’s why one-pot dishes are amazing for camping, they’re minimal faff and mean less washing up. Winning all around!

But just because you want ease doesn’t mean you want to skimp on taste, enter this flavourful vegan campfire jambalaya recipe. It’s a vibrant dish of flavours and textures to nourish your body after a day of exploring.

This camping jambalaya recipe has a good dose of protein, carbs and nutrients to replenish your body and prepare it for the next adventure at hand.

We love this recipe because it’s easy and tasty, making it one of our favourite vegan camping meals and possibly one of yours too!

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A hearty meal for adventurous folk

Insanely Tasty Easy One-Pot Vegan Jambalaya Recipe

This veganised version of jambalaya is full of flavour and protein. It’s a great recipe to have after a day of getting sweaty in the outdoors and satisfy rumbling tums.

The beans, chickpeas and brown basmati rice pack some protein to help repair your aching muscles. They also provide a good helping of slow-release energy, to tackle the next day’s adventure.

This campfire jambalaya is a one-pot recipe which means it’s minimal faff to prepare and cook. It also means there’s less washing up come clean up. Ideal for trips when you want simplicity and fewer steps between you and your sleeping bag.

If you want an easy dish that doesn’t miss out on flavour, then this dish is just the ticket.

This jambalaya makes the ideal camping meal because it’s:

  • An easy one-pot recipe for minimal faff
  • Full of flavours and spices
  • A good source of protein
  • Has a hint of spice to warm your cockles
  • Has a good dose of carbs to fuel your body for its next adventure
  • Tastes amazing

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How to Make This Delicious Vegan One-Pot Campfire Jambalaya Recipe

1) Begin by heating some oil in a pan and frying off your thinly sliced onion. Stir occasionally to avoid it sticking for about 4 minutes until the onion has slightly softened.

2) Meanwhile prepare the other vegetables for your jambalaya. Crush and chop the garlic and finely chop the celery. The thinner it is, the better it will cook, as you want it to be tender and not too tough. Then roughly chop your red and green bell pepper.

3) Once the onion has softened slightly add your garlic, celery, and both peppers. Stir occasionally and let them cook for about 2 minutes.

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Begin by frying off the onion until it’s softened
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Next add the garlic, celery, red and green peppers

4) Next add the chopped tomatoes and stir to combine.

5) Followed by the chickpeas, butter beans, herbs and stock cube. Combine all the ingredients to let the flavours fully infuse and cook for about 4 minutes so the pulses can soften slightly.

6) Lastly, add your rice and stir your pot so everything mixes evenly. Allow the pot to cook for another 3 minutes until the rice has softened before serving and tucking in whilst it’s hot.

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Our campfire jambalaya prepared on our Bushbox XL Titanium
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Make your herb mixture before trips to make it easier to add to your pot

Tips and Hacks for Making this Vegan Camping Jambalaya

When it comes to camping recipes two of the most important considerations are that they’re easy and tasty. Here are a couple of tips and hacks to help with just that:

  • We use pre-cooked sachets of rice as they’re quickest and simplest to chuck into the pot.
  • Make your herb mix ahead at home so when you’re cooking you can just add to your jambalaya without faffing about with measurements.
  • If you’re on a multi-day trip you can double or triple your herb mixture so you have enough for multiple meals.
  • If you can’t get your hands on a green and red pepper you can substitute it for other colours. The two compliment each other with the bitterness from the green and sweetness of the red but this can also be achieved with yellow or orange peppers.
  • Haven’t got the patience to be chopping onion and garlic? You can substitute onion and garlic powder for a quicker and lighter alternative.
  • You can also substitute the tin of chopped tomatoes for fresh tomatoes.
  • The finer you chop your onion and celery, the quicker they’ll cook. Meaning less time between you and eating.
  • If you’ve got a few leftover bits of veg from a previous dish you can add them to your pot. This jambalaya recipe also tastes great with a few leftover mushrooms or the end of a courgette chucked in for good measure.

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With spicy undertones, this dish will warm you from the inside come dinner time
Vegan Campfire Jambalaya

Flavourful Vegan Campfire Jambalaya Recipe

Scrummy and easy vegan campfire jambalaya recipe. Packed with protein, energy and flavour for the ideal camping meal for adventurous tums.
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Course Main Course
Servings 2 people
Calories 495 kcal


  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 onion
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 4 sticks of celery
  • 1 pepper
  • 1 pepper
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • ½ can chickpeas
  • ½ can butter beans
  • 1 vegetable stock cube
  • 250 grams brown rice I used wild and brown basmatic rice pre-cooked sachet

Herb Mixture

  • 3 tsp oregano
  • 2 tsp garlic granuels
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • ¾ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp thyme


  • Begin by heating some oil in a pan and adding your finely chopped onion. Cook for 4 minutes until softened.
  • Whilst your onion softens, prepare the other ingredients. Crush and chop the garlic and finely chop the celery. Along with roughly chopping the red and green bell pepper. Then add them to your pot with you onion and stir. Let the veg chook for about 2 minutes.
  • Then add your tin of chopped tomatoes and stir.
  • Closely followed by adding the butter beans, chickpeas, stock cube and herb mix to the pot. Stir and allow all the flavour to infuse by letter the mixture cook for about 4 minutes.
  • Lastly add your rice sachet and again stir so everything mixes evenly. Let everything cook for roughly 3 minutes until the rice has softened. Serve hot and enjoy the warming aromas.


Calories: 495kcalCarbohydrates: 84gProtein: 18gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.03gSodium: 1742mgPotassium: 1194mgFiber: 17gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 1757IUVitamin C: 30mgCalcium: 241mgIron: 11mg
Keyword Vegan Campfire Jambalaya, Vegan Camping Meal
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