Vegan Camping Food: Mexican Nacho Pasta

vegan camping food: mexican nacho pasta 

AfrikaBurn has been and gone, and with it the dust, dust storms and dusty faces, and fancy dress.

I loved and didn’t love my experience in the Karoo desert. Spending time with some of my closest people, living like a little tribe in the middle of nowhere, washing each other’s hair, making music, dancing to music, and riding bicycles in weird and wacky attire across the desolate land is something never to be forgotten. However, I found myself question what on earth I was  doing. I felt like I wasting my time, sitting in the middle of the dust, with thousands of people getting lost and skyrocketing out of our stratospheric reality. 

On the one hand there is the art, the creativity and radical self-expression. People are beautiful, open and loving. And then on the other hand, there is a lot of peacocking and showing off, carelessness, wastefulness and over-indulgence.

It's a confusing place. Messy. It is unexpected, captivating and surprising yet totally predicable too.

AfrikaBurn is everything and is nothing.

Inspired by recent AfrikaBurn trip in the desert, here is an everything-and-nothing recipe that is perfect for when you're camping or not. It's pasta but not. It's nachos but not. It's Mexican but it's not. 

 Getting ready for the big chow with plant-based, wholefood, nutritious ingredients. 

Getting ready for the big chow with plant-based, wholefood, nutritious ingredients. 

This was my second year at AfrikaBurn as a vegan and I didn't struggle once. In fact, I was the designated chef for our little camp of nine people, and everyone ate vegan - and loved it! I'm proud to say that I made poke bowls with marinated tofu, pineapple, sushi rice and more. It was a meal worth remembering. One person in the camp said it was the best meal he had eaten - ever. He may or may not have been on acid. Recipe to follow soon.

In the meantime, onto this recipe: Mexican-inspired nacho pasta! 

I love this pasta dish because it takes about 15 minutes, packed with simple but delicious flavours, it's high in protein and fibre, and super comforting too! It's gluten-free, if that's your vibe. It keeps well for a few days and is a super yummy vegan lunch or dinner option. It comes with black beans salsa and guac. Let's get cooking! 

 Would you like some vegan, Mexican-inspired pasta?  

Would you like some vegan, Mexican-inspired pasta?  

Mexican Nacho Pasta 

Serves: 2 hungry pasta nommers 

Prep time: 10 mins 

Cooking time: 8 mins 

ingredients 

250g pasta of choice (I used the delicious red lentil pasta from Happy Earth People

for the pico de gallo  

A handful of cherry tomatoes

1 tbsp lemon juice 

2 spring onions

A small handful of fresh coriander 

for the beans 

1 can black beans, drained and rinsed 

3 peppadews

1 tsp lemon juice

2 tbsp tomato paste

1 tbsp cumin

1 tbsp dried coriander 

1/4 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp chili flakes 

for the guacamole 

1 avocado 

1 tsp chili flakes

1 tbsp lemon juice

Salt and pepper, to taste 

method

1. In a pot filled with boiling water, cook the pasta for about 8 minutes, or according to packaging instructions. 

2. For the pico de gallo: Dice the tomatoes. Chop the spring onion. Destem the coriander and chop finely. Add all the ingredients to a bowl and mix together. Set aside. 

2. For the beans: Drain and rinse the black beans. Slice the peppadews. Add beans, peppadews, herbs, lemon juice and tomato paste to a bowl and mix together.

3. For guacamole: Mash the avocado. Add the rest of the ingredients. Taste as you go, adding more salt, pepper or chili. Add a few drops of water if you want to thin it out. 

4. Once the pasta is ready, drain the pasta. 

5. Pour the pasta in a bowl, top with the beans, pico de gallo  and guac! 

6. Go the extra mile and add crushed nachos on top :)