Vegan ‘Ground Beef’ Recipe

When the occasion calls, itís good to have a solid substitute for ground beef. This recipe uses crumbled tofu and bakes it with a simple combination of spices, soy sauce, and nut butter to create a delicious and perfect replacement for real beef. Enjoy!

Tofu isnít something I have very often, and this marks the first time Iím using it on the blog. The reason being that it is very difficult to find a high-quality source of tofu, and the kinds in the supermarkets are actually very difficult to digest. However, relative to other things you could be ingesting, tofu is a friendly meal. Eat it as part of the last meal of the day for digestionís sake!


  • 6 tablespoons soy sauce (nama shoyu)
  • 1 tablespoon almond or peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoons cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 400 grams extra-firm tofu (14-15 ounces)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix all ingredients except tofu and oil in a small bowl. Set aside.

Take the tofu and wrap it in a few layers of paper towels, then place it on a plate. Take a pan and push down on the wrapped tofu until the paper towel has sufficiently soaked in the tofuís liquid. Unwrap the tofu and crumble it into a medium bowl. Pour the soy sauce mixture over the tofu and fold until everything is evenly combined.

Grease a baking sheet with oil and evenly spread the tofu ďmeatĒ across it. Each piece should have its own space to ensure it all cooks evenly.

After 20 minutes, during which time it will smell like heaven in your kitchen, give the mixture a stir and re-assemble it so it is evenly spread across the baking sheet.

Cook for another 20-25 minutes until the pieces are firm like meat.

Enjoy in tacos, pasta, casseroles, or as is!

Bon Appetit!

xo Aylin


By Aylin Erman, Istanbul-based creator and author of plant-based recipe blog†GlowKitchen.

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Natasha Salgado
Natasha Salgado2 years ago


Terry V.
Terry V.2 years ago

why call it Vegan "ground beef" when it's ground tofu???

Camilla Vaga
Camilla Vaga2 years ago


JL A.2 years ago

good to know

Karin J.
Karin J.2 years ago

i often use smoked tofu. it is extra firm and if you cut it up into small chunks you can crumble it in a blender. but use the blender only for a second or two or the tofu will develop from crumble to creme. these crumbles i use together with bell pepper and other vegetables in tomato sauce for example for spaghetti or lasagne. together with chopped onion and crumbled cashews smoked tofu makes a delicious filling for bell peppers.

John S.
Past Member 2 years ago

Why do I think this would only fool a vegan?

Tim C.
Tim C.2 years ago


Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra2 years ago

Thank you Megan, for Sharing this!

Kate S.
Kate S.2 years ago


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