It seems like there are way too many fake meats out there with a laundry list of ingredients. Well, we’re here to show you how to make vegan ground beef using simple, plant-based ingredients.
Let’s do this!
A Serious Tofu Addiction
We love the fact that there are so many vegan alternatives to foods like meat, cheese, or ice-cream. While we think this is awesome, why not create a similar product that tastes better and is cheaper.
We. Love. Tofu. If we can find a way, we will add it to just about everything. It takes on the flavor of any marinade or seasoning so well, and packs a ton of protein into any dish. What’s not to love?
We often hear people say tofu is bland, but that’s because it wasn’t made the right way. If you’re not already a tofu addict, we guarantee you will be after you make this vegan ground beef recipe.
Key Ingredients of Vegan Ground Beef
There are tons of variations to this recipe, but some our must-have ingredients include:
- Tofu: this makes the perfect base for a vegan ground beef recipe. It’s not only low in calories, but contains a high amount of plant-based protein. Tofu contains 11 grams of protein per 100 calorie serving, while ground beef only has just under 9 grams. How crazy is that?
- Liquid aminos: this ingredient is a staple in our household. It really helps give the tofu grounds some color and adds a nice salty flavor.
- Nutritional yeast: also referred to as “nooch”, this ingredient will give your tofu grounds that umami flavor. Nooch also contains all 9 amino acids, and is a great source of B vitamins for vegetarians and vegans, especially if it’s fortified.
- Liquid smoke: made from condensing the smoke of wood, this ingredient gives a natural smoky flavor (obviously). Just be careful not to go overboard with liquid smoke, as it can be very overpowering.
How to Make Vegan Ground Beef
The best part about this recipe is how simple it is to put together. First, mix the marinade ingredients in a large bowl. Then, crumble in the tofu with your hands and mix it all together.
Now listen up, this next part is critical. Make sure to spread the tofu out evenly on a parchment-lined pan. You don’t want to have too much overlap otherwise they won’t crisp up enough.
Bake it at 350 degrees F for about 30 minutes, but keep a close watch towards the end. This will ensure you don’t burn the small pieces into ash.
How to Store Vegan Ground Beef
This recipe will keep well for 4-5 days in the fridge.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
This vegan ground beef is so easy and versatile. We know you’ll love it. It’s:
If you make this recipe, don’t forget to leave a comment, rate it, and tag us on Instagram with #brokebankvegan. Happy eating!
Meals Ideas to Use Vegan Ground Beef In
- Vegan Sweet Potato Chili
- Sweet Potato Bean Enchiladas
- Veggie burritos or tacos
- A topping for ramen bowls
1 servings per container
Serving Size1 servings
- Amount Per ServingCalories635
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat
- Saturated Fat 6g 30%
- Total Carbohydrate
- Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
- Sugars 3g
- Protein 72g 144%
* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Can I make this with soft or medium tofu?
We would not recommend making this with soft or medium tofu. Firm or extra firm tofu works best to give the recipe a chewy texture.
Is this recipe gluten-free?
This recipe is gluten-free. Just avoid traditional soy sauces because they contain wheat. Instead, use liquid aminos or tamari, which are both made from soy beans only. You can also use coconut aminos for a sweeter flavor.
Can this recipe be made without liquid smoke?
Yes, this recipe can definitely be made without liquid smoke. It just adds a nice smoky flavor.