Vegan Ground “Beef”: A Satisfying, Healthy, and Versatile Recipe

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

If you’re looking for a vegan ground beef recipe that satisfies your cravings and provides a meaty texture, look no further. This recipe combines healthy, whole-food ingredients to create a delicious and versatile base for various dishes like stuffed peppers, chili mac, and spaghetti. Packed with protein and fiber, this vegan ground “beef” will even win over the taste buds of omnivores. And the best part? It’s oil-free and can be made without nuts!

Why You’ll Love It

Inspired by our popular Vegan Taco Meat recipe, this vegan ground beef captures the essence of traditional beef but at a more affordable price. After a reader commented that it reminded her of Beyond Meat, we couldn’t help but agree. This recipe features meaty mushrooms and delivers a high-protein, filling, and healthy vegan meat alternative that you can use in endless ways.

When it comes to creating a vegan version of a high-calorie and high-protein dish, ingredients like beans, tofu, tempeh, TVP, and seitan often come to mind. These options offer more satiety compared to low-calorie vegetables alone. With this homemade vegan ground beef, you have complete control over the ingredients, unlike store-bought meat substitutes. Plus, this recipe is oil-free, making it a healthier choice.

The Best Ingredient to Replace Meat

Instead of using tofu, which has a soft texture that may not mimic beef perfectly, we’ve opted for soy curls. These chewy and firm soy-based morsels provide an excellent substitute for ground beef. If you can’t find soy curls, black lentils or TVP (textured vegetable protein) can serve as suitable alternatives.

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To enhance the richness and flavor, this vegan ground beef also incorporates mushrooms and a choice between sunflower seeds or walnuts. While the addition of nuts or seeds elevates the taste, you can omit them if necessary.

Whether you enjoy this vegan meatless ground as is or experiment with different seasonings, the possibilities are endless. Shape it into meatballs or burgers by adding herbs and a binder, or spread it over your favorite grain with a delicious sauce and greens for a scrumptious dinner.

Ingredients

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

How to Make Vegan Ground Beef

And voila! You’ve just created a flavorful batch of vegan ground beef. Enjoy it as is, or feel free to experiment with additional spices and seasonings to suit your taste. If you have an air fryer, you can try using this vegan ground beef in Italian Air Fryer Stuffed Peppers for a delightful twist.

Substitutions

  • Nut-Free: If you prefer a nut-free option, sunflower seeds are a delicious alternative. The finished ground beef may be slightly lighter in color than when made with walnuts.
  • Gluten-Free: As written, this recipe is gluten-free. Just ensure that your broth and tamari are certified gluten-free.
  • Soy-Free: Unfortunately, since soy curls form the base of this recipe, we don’t have a tested soy-free alternative to share. However, if you’re up for experimenting, brown or black lentils could be a great substitute, similar to our lentil taco meat recipe!
  • Mushrooms: If you’re not a fan of mushrooms, you can increase the amount of soy curls by approximately 1 cup or use cauliflower rice to replace the volume.
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We hope you enjoy this healthier vegan ground beef option as much as we do. If you give this recipe a try, please share your feedback with us in the comments section below!

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