Vegan Ground Beef

This vegan ground beef recipe creates a savory plant-based crumble that you can add in place of hamburger to your favorite recipes, like vegan lasagna soup, taco meat, and more. Ready in minutes, these savory plant-based veggie crumbles are perfect for your vegan meals!

A wooden spoon holds vegan ground beef in a skillet with more of the crumbles around it.

A lot of my favorite vegan dinners incorporate veggie crumbles. Some of my favorites include vegan Mexican lasagna, vegan baked ziti, and vegan tacos.

I realize not everyone has access to buy veggie crumbles in the stores, so I decided to create a recipe to make your own vegan ground beef substitute at home. Once you know how to make it, you can use it in all your favorite dishes, too!

How to Make Vegan Ground Beef

You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.

  1. Pour vegetable broth into a heat-proof bowl and microwave until hot. Next, add tamari and vegan worcestershire, and tomato paste.A hand holds a bowl with sauce, pouring it into another bowl with vegetable broth.
  2. Add spices.A hand holds a bowl of spices adding them to another bowl with a broth mixture.
  3. Stir the sauce together.
    A hand holds a rubber spatula, stirring sauce in a bowl.
  4. Add the TVP and stir to combine.
    A hand holds a bowl of textured vegetable protein, pouring it into a bowl with a sauce mixture.
  5. Set aside for 5 minutes.
    A hand holds a rubber spatula, stirring a bowl with sauce and textured vegetable protein.
  6. Add oil to a skillet over medium heat. Cook until it’s shimmering, around 2 minutes. 
  7. Add the ground veggie mix and spread it across the pan.
    A hand holds a bowl of veggie crumbles, pouring it into a pan with olive oil.
  8. Let it sit and cook for about 5 minutes, then use a spatula to stir occasionally until cooked through.
A skillet holds vegan beef crumbles.

Key Ingredients

Ingredients are laid out on a white table. The labels next to them read, tomato paste, vegetable broth, olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, spices, textured vegetable protein, and tamari.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe:

  • Vegetable broth — I recommend combing water with Better than Bouillion Vegetarian Base because it uses less packaging and creates a high-quality broth every time.
  • Tomato paste — You can use tomato paste or substitute ketchup.
  • Soy sauce — You can use soy sauce, tamari (gluten-free soy sauce), or coconut amino acids.
  • Worcestershire — We’ll be using some vegan Worcestershire sauce to add a meaty flavor to this plant-based crumbles.
  • Spices — You’ll need garlic (you can use chopped raw garlic or garlic powder), dehydrated onions (or onion powder), and smoked paprika.
  • TVP Granules — Textured vegetable protein can be found in the health food section of grocery stores, health food stores, and online.
  • Olive oil — We’ll add a little bit of oil to the skillet to help brown the veggie crumbles.
A bowl of vegan ground beef crumbles sits in front of taco shells, shredded cheese, and fresh herbs.

Why This Recipe is a Winner

  • EASY — These plant-based crumbles are ready in minutes!
  • FLEXIBLE — Add veggie crumbles to any recipe that calls for hamburger, such as sloppy joes, chili, etc.
  • FREEZER-FRIENDLY — It doesn’t take extra time to make a double batch and freeze half for later!

Frequently-Asked Questions

What is textured vegetable protein?

Textured Vegetable Protein, TVP, is created from soy that has had the oil removed. This defatted soy is produced in different formats such as chunks or granules. It’s high in fiber and protein, making it a perfect plant-based meat substitute for your vegan meals.

Can you freeze vegan ground beef?

You can freeze veggie beef crumbles for up to 2 months, making it a perfect part of your meal-prepping lifestyle.

Serving Suggestions

Use these vegan beef crumbles in your favorite plant-based dishes, such as these:

Storage Tips

Transfer to an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 7 days. It can be frozen for up to 2 months in a freezer-safe container or bags.

Vegan Beef Favorites

If you love these vegan beef crumbles, you might be surprised by the number of tasty vegan beef recipes you can try and enjoy! Here are some of our favorites:

A bowl of veggie crumbles sits in front of taco shells and fresh herbs.

Vegan Ground Beef

Make these homemade vegan ground beef crumbles and use them in your favorite dishes, such as vegan lasagna, and more. This is a freezer-friendly recipe, meaning you can make a double batch to have on-hand for meal prepping.
5 from 2 votes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Resting Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 16 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 125kcal

Ingredients

Sauce

  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon tamari
  • 1 tablespoon vegan Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dehydrated onions
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika

Ground Veggie Mix

Instructions

For the Sauce:

  • Microwave: Pour vegetable broth into a heat-proof bowl. Heat in the microwave 1 to 2 minutes until very hot. Use pot holders to remove it from the microwave.
    Saucepan: Pour vegetable broth into a small saucepan. Place over medium heat and cook until very hot (simmering). Remove from heat.
  • Add tamari, vegan Worcestershire, and tomato sauce. Stir until combined.
  • Stir in spices. Then stir in water.

For the Ground Veggie Mix:

  • Add the TVP and stir to combine. Set aside for 5 minutes.
  • Add oil to a skillet over medium heat. Cook until it's shimmering, around 2 minutes.
  • Add the ground veggie mix and spread it across the pan. Let it sit and cook for about 5 minutes, then use a spatula to stir occasionally until cooked through.

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Notes

You can add 1 to 2 cups of cooked lentils to add fiber and flavor. 
Calories: 125kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 772mg | Potassium: 94mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 309IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 82mg | Iron: 3mg

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

2 Responses to Vegan Ground Beef

  1. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyKM Reply

    5 stars
    I usually just rehydrate in stock and call it a day but this is much more flavourful. Thanks for the recipe!

    So nice to see TVP starting to appear in more recipes again. It seems to have been one of those tried, tested, and true but totally overlooked vegan proteins for some time now. Nice to see it featured more – especially since the world is that much more expensive now and good ole TVP still just costs pennies.

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Hey KM. I agree. It’s time that TVP makes a comeback! I like having this on my taco salad, even without taco seasoning, because it’s so flavorful! I hope you love it as much as we do!

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