Mike helps EMS team member Patrick take on a delicious chili lime tofu skillet with a camping twist, courtesy of Plant Based RD.


This recipe serves 4-6 people, we doubled it to serve 8.

  • 1 block extra firm tofu, pressed and cubed
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce, divided
  • 2 tsp nutritional yeast or 1 tsp of cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • ½ red onion, diced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 4-5 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and diced into 2 cm cubes
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • ½ tsp thyme or a few sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1, 15 oz can of black beans
  • Juice and zest of 1 lime
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup, optional
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • optional: 1-2 cups rice (cilantro lime)


Prep: 20 Minutes
Cook: 30-60 Minutes
Ready In: 1 Hour

Editor’s Note: Cook times are dependent on the number of beers consumed from Climbing Bines Brewing. A big thanks to this video’s beverage sponsor!

Home Prep:

  1. Drain and cube the tofu.
  2. Dice the vegetables and set aside with the beans.
  3. Peel and cube the sweet potatoes.

At Camp:

  1. Boil water for the rice and preheat the cast iron.
  2. Cook the rice as suggested.
  3. Coat the tofu with the cornstarch mixture and place it into the oiled cast iron, cook until brown, rotating regularly.
  4. Remove the tofu from the cast iron and replace it with onions and peppers.
  5. Add the bay leaves and a pinch of salt, then add the garlic.
  6. Stir in the sweet potato and all remaining herbs and spices. Sauté until fragrant.
  7. Pour in the vegetable broth, remaining soy sauce, and black beans.
  8. Simmer and cover with a lid to cook the sweet potato through.
  9. Remove the lid and gently fold in the tofu, lime zest, juice and pinch of salt and stir well to coat.

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