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The Ultimate Camping Meal: Turkey Vegetable Stew

| Updated Jun 26, 2021

We are all looking for a camping meal that is easy to make so we have more time to enjoy the outdoors. Jennifer just tried a new recipe that has to be one of the easiest and most delicious camping meals we have ever tried! Turkey Vegetable Stew.

We had a lot of fun making this in our RV in our slow cooker, aka Crock Pot. There was a slight mixup in the cooking when we found that we needed a bigger cooker for this recipe. But that was part of the fun.

Here's a video we did on the preparation of this meal.

You can cook this camping meal while you drive!

That's one of the neatest things about Crock Pot meals. You can cook them as you drive. We put the cooker in the galley sink, so it does not slide off the counter as we are driving.

If you need to extend the reach of the power cord for the cooker, only use one of those power strips that have a very heavy gauge wire, as we show and explain in the video.

But there is nothing like driving you your destination as your meal cooks next to you, filling the RV with delicious aromas!

Bonus: Check out this article we recently did featuring 7 No-Cook Recipe Ideas for your next camping trip

This camping meal needs a 4 qt slow cooker!

If you watched our video, you'll see how we started with a 3 qt Crock Pot. That's our favorite size, just perfect for two people. But the ingredients for this turkey vegetable stew camping meal soon filled it up and it became more than evident that we needed a bigger cooker.

Fortunately, we were close enough to our home to get the 4-quart slow cooker we also have in our sticks and bricks kitchen.

It was the perfect size.

Here's the recipe for this Turkey Vegetable Stew Camping Meal

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The Ingredients for Jen's Ultimate Camping Meal Vegetable Turkey Stew


  • 6 carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 6 medium potatoes
  • 2 onions, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 2 boneless, skinless turkey tenderloins, frozen
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper flakes )optional)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 13 ounces no-salt-added spaghetti sauce
  • 2 cups water


This meal can be made ahead of time, at home before you set off on a trip; on the road as you travel as long as you have your inverter on with AC power at the outlets; and at the campground.

  • Wash and scrub potatoes (peel if not organic), cut into quarters, and place in slow-cooker.
  • Chop and add carrots, onions, and two frozen turkey tenderloins to potatoes in slow-cooker.
  • Place remaining ingredients into slow-cooker in the order listed and mix slightly.
  • Cook on high for 7 hours or low for 10 to 11 hours.

Nutrition information for this camping meal

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Can you smell it?

What is the most amazing this we found about this meal – besides the phenomenal flavor and aroma – is how healthy it is. Just 275 calories per 8 oz serving! We think it pairs best with a nice, big, crusty slice of whole wheat or multi-grain bread.

Here's the nutrition info for this camping meal:

  • Servings: 8
  • Calories per serving: 275
  • Calories from Fat: 8 percent
  • Total Fat: 2.5g
  • Saturated Fat: 0
  • Cholesterol: 35mg
  • Total Carbs: 37g
  • Sugars: 11g
  • Protein: 27g
  • Sodium: 410mg
  • Fiber: 6g

Source: Lickety-Split Meals for Health Conscious People on the Go by Zonya Foco, RD

Looking for more camping meal ideas?

We have shared a lot of camping meal ideas ideas in the blog over the years. Here are five of our favorites:

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Mike Wendland

Published on 2021-06-26

Mike Wendland is a multiple Emmy-award-winning Journalist, Podcaster, YouTuber, and Blogger, who has traveled with his wife, Jennifer, all over North America in an RV, sharing adventures and reviewing RV, Camping, Outdoor, Travel and Tech Gear for the past 12 years. They are leading industry experts in RV living and have written 18 travel books.

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