Vegan Kebab Tacos

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What could be better than cooking kebabs over an open campfire? Wrapping those kebabs up in a tortilla and making them into a taco! What makes this recipe so perfect for camping is that it combines the build-your-own fun of kebabs with the in-hand portability of a taco.  Fewer dishes to clean = more time to enjoy the outdoors!

These campfire kebabs are fully vegan and provide a big protein punch. Throw these marinated seitan, tomatoes, peppers, and onion skewers on the grill and you've got a great camping meal ready in no time!
This post is sponsored by Pacific Foods.

For this post, we partnered with Pacific Foods and built our kebabs recipe around their seitan (a Japanese style of wheat protein). Soft enough to soak up all the delicious flavors of a marinade but firm enough to be grilled over a flame, seitan is the perfect vegan alternative for kebabs. Not only does seitan make for a great meat substitute, but it also packs a whopping 16 grams of protein per serving, making it a perfect way to refuel after a long day outdoors.

These campfire kebabs are fully vegan and provide a big protein punch. Throw these marinated seitan, tomatoes, peppers, and onion skewers on the grill and you've got a great camping meal ready in no time!
While there are a lot of brands that make seitan, Pacific Foods’ innovative (and recyclable) packaging means that their version is 100% shelf stable and doesn’t require any refrigeration. Perfect for people like us, who like to go camping without a cooler.


These campfire kebabs are fully vegan and provide a big protein punch. Throw these marinated seitan, tomatoes, peppers, and onion skewers on the grill and you've got a great camping meal ready in no time!
So let’s get into the recipe. To start, you can either prepare these kebabs at home ahead of time or you can prep them at your campsite (that’s what we did). To capture that Mexican flavor profile, we went with some semi-spicy Poblano peppers, wedges of red onions, ripe cherry tomatoes – and of course, some cubed slices of seitan. Once we assembled them on our skewers, we placed them inside a large gallon zip lock and poured in a simple marinade.

These campfire kebabs are fully vegan and provide a big protein punch. Throw these marinated seitan, tomatoes, peppers, and onion skewers on the grill and you've got a great camping meal ready in no time!These campfire kebabs are fully vegan and provide a big protein punch. Throw these marinated seitan, tomatoes, peppers, and onion skewers on the grill and you've got a great camping meal ready in no time!

Our marinade consisted of olive oil, orange, lime, liquid aminos, cumin, New Mexico chile powder. The orange and lime bring a sunny brightness, the cumin and New Mexico chile powder bring a rich smoky flavor, the liquid aminos provide an umami punch, and the olive oil helps coat everything evenly. Since we made this entire recipe at the campsite, we only marinated the kebabs for about an hour, although we suspect that longer the better.

These campfire kebabs are fully vegan and provide a big protein punch. Throw these marinated seitan, tomatoes, peppers, and onion skewers on the grill and you've got a great camping meal ready in no time!
Once you’re ready to start cooking, lay the kebabs over the campfire grate and rotate until all sides are cooked evenly. The seitan doesn’t actually need to be cooked per se, so you’re just trying to get the sides toasted. The tomatoes cook fairly quickly, but it’s the onions and peppers you want to make sure are thoroughly cooked. It took about 20-30 minutes to get everything properly cooked, although how hot your fire is will determine a lot.

These campfire kebabs are fully vegan and provide a big protein punch. Throw these marinated seitan, tomatoes, peppers, and onion skewers on the grill and you've got a great camping meal ready in no time!
When everything is looking toasty and delicious, pull off the kebabs to let them cool a little, and you can start toasting your tortillas. This is where a pair of tongs can be invaluable. Lay the tortilla down on the grate and flip after about 10 seconds. You’re looking to get a few char marks, not total scorched earth.

These campfire kebabs are fully vegan and provide a big protein punch. Throw these marinated seitan, tomatoes, peppers, and onion skewers on the grill and you've got a great camping meal ready in no time!These campfire kebabs are fully vegan and provide a big protein punch. Throw these marinated seitan, tomatoes, peppers, and onion skewers on the grill and you've got a great camping meal ready in no time!

So now, in terms of building your taco you have two techniques to choose from: Traditional and Expert. For the traditional version, you will slide all the ingredients off the kebab using a fork and load up the taco from the safe and controlled environment of a plate. For expert mode, you can wrap the tortilla around the skewer and all slide the ingredients off right into the tortilla. This approach is definitely more flashy, but also carries some risks (like stray tomatoes rolling in the dirt).

There you have it: super simple and super delicious vegan kebab tacos. If you’re looking for an excuse to play with you food the next time you go camping, this is definitely it.

These campfire kebabs are fully vegan and provide a big protein punch. Throw these marinated seitan, tomatoes, peppers, and onion skewers on the grill and you've got a great camping meal ready in no time!

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These campfire kebabs are fully vegan and provide a big protein punch. Throw these marinated seitan, tomatoes, peppers, and onion skewers on the grill and you've got a great camping meal ready in no time!

Vegan Kebab Tacos

Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Makes: 6 kebabs
Calories: 210 kcal
Author: Fresh Off the Grid
These campfire kebabs are fully vegan and provide a big protein punch. Marinate and assemble the skewers at home or at your campsite, throw them on the grill, and you've got a great camping meal ready in no time!
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Ingredients

MARINADE

  • 1 large orange juiced
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons liquid aminos
  • 1 tablespoon New Mexico chile powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

KEBABS

  • 1 (12 oz) package Pacific Foods seitan
  • 1 medium red onion
  • 2 poblano peppers or bell peppers if you like things mild
  • 8 oz cherry tomatoes

TO ASSEMBLE

  • 6 tortillas
  • optional: salsa, lime wedges to squeeze over the top

Instructions

  1. Combine all the marinade ingredients in a small bowl, whisk with a fork to combine, and set aside.
  2. Cut the block of seitan into 12 even pieces. Cut the onion into 1" wedges. De-stem and de-seed the poblano, then slice into 1" pieces.
  3. Build the kebabs by sliding the components onto the skewers in any order you want: 2 pieces of seitan per kebab and as many veggies as you can fit (we averaged about 3 onion wedges, 3 poblanos, and 3 tomatoes per skewer).
  4. Once your kebabs are assembled, place them in a gallon ziplock bag or a large tupperware. Pour the marinade over the kebabs to coat. Allow them to marinate for at least an hour. (If making at home, at this point you can place the kebabs in your cooler until you're ready to cook them at the campsite.)
  5. Get your campfire or grill going and then place the kebabs on the grill grate. Grill for 20-30 minutes, until the onions and peppers are cooked through and soft, turning the kebabs every 5 minutes or so to ensure all sides cook evenly. Remove from the grill and set aside.
  6. Place the tortillas on the grill for 10-20 seconds per side to warm them up.
  7. To assemble the kebab tacos, remove the seitan and veggies from the skewer and wrap them up in the tortillas. Top with salsa and an extra squeeze of lime if desired. Enjoy!

EQUIPMENT NEEDED

Small bowl
Gallon ziplock bag or large tupperware
Sharp knife
Cutting board
12" Skewers
Tongs

These campfire kebabs are fully vegan and provide a big protein punch. Throw these marinated seitan, tomatoes, peppers, and onion skewers on the grill and you've got a great camping meal ready in no time!

While we try to be very selective with the brands we partner with, we couldn’t be happier to be working with Pacific Foods. They offer a wide range of organic products using ingredients that have been tracked to their source and cultivated through sustainable practices. Their packaging is fully recyclable, resealable, 100% BPA free, and self-stable before opening (which is great if you don’t use a cooler like us). We’re stoked about how this company approaches food and we’re happy to support what their doing. 
Fresh Off the Grid
Fresh Off the Grid is a culinary resource for the outdoor community. We offer a collection of recipes, how-to guides, and camp cooking gear to help elevate your outdoor experience through food and drink!

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