Vegan Ground “Beef”

This mouthwatering recipe for vegan ground “beef” is not only satisfying and packed with umami flavor, but it’s also made using wholesome, plant-based ingredients. Whether you’re whipping up stuffed peppers, chili mac, or spaghetti, this versatile base recipe has got you covered. Plus, it’s high in protein, fiber, and has a meaty texture that even carnivores will adore. Best of all, this vegan ground beef is oil-free and can easily be made without nuts!

Homemade plant-based beef in a black skillet resting on a wooden board.

Why You’ll Be Hooked

Our inspiration for this recipe came from our beloved Vegan Taco Meat. A reader left a comment on that post, mentioning how it reminded her of Beyond Meat but at a more affordable price. After giving it some thought, we realized she was absolutely right—it truly does have that beefy flavor!

So we decided to make a few adjustments, swapping out the taco seasonings for hearty mushrooms. And just like that, we created a filling, high-protein, and healthy vegan ground meat alternative that can be enjoyed in countless ways.

The Magic Ingredient to Replace Meat

While tofu is a fantastic staple in vegan cooking, its soft texture isn’t quite what we’re looking for when it comes to imitating beef. That’s where soy curls come in! If you’re new to soy curls, check out our post on Soy Curl Recipes + FAQs to learn more.

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Soy curls are chewy, firm, and work exceptionally well in this recipe. However, if soy curls aren’t readily available, fear not! Black lentils or TVP make excellent substitutes.

This vegan ground beef also incorporates mushrooms and your choice of either sunflower seeds or walnuts. The addition of nuts or seeds adds a delightful richness to the flavor profile, though you can omit them if necessary.

Speaking of flavor, while this vegan meatless ground is delicious as is, the seasonings are light enough to allow for some experimentation. Add extra herbs and a binder to transform it into meatballs or burgers. Alternatively, pile it on top of your favorite grain, drizzle it with a delectable sauce, and pair it with some greens for a satisfying dinner.

The Recipe at a Glance

For specific amounts and detailed instructions, please refer to the recipe card below.

Bringing It All Together

And voila! You’ve just whipped up a batch of tantalizing vegan ground beef. Feel free to enjoy it as is or take it to the next level with additional spices or seasonings—it’s entirely up to you.

If you happen to own an air fryer, why not give it a try in our Italian Air Fryer Stuffed Peppers recipe? It’s a match made in culinary heaven!

Crumbly homemade soy beef substitute in a non-stick skillet.

Substitutions for Every Preference

  • Nut-Free: Sunflower seeds make a delicious alternative in this recipe. Keep in mind that the finished product will be slightly lighter in color compared to using walnuts.
  • Gluten-Free: The recipe is already gluten-free as written. Just ensure that your broth and tamari are certified gluten-free.
  • Soy-Free: Since the foundation of this recipe relies on soy curls, we don’t have a tested soy-free option to share at the moment. However, if you’re feeling adventurous, consider experimenting with brown or black lentils for a similar result to our lentil taco meat!
  • Mushroom Haters: If mushrooms aren’t your cup of tea, increase the amount of soy curls by approximately 1 cup, or substitute cauliflower rice to maintain the volume.
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Answering Your Questions About Vegan Ground Beef

We hope you find this healthier vegan ground beef option as enjoyable as we do. If you decide to give the recipe a try, please share your feedback with us in the comments below!

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