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Basic Vegan Ground Beef

What you need: 

1/2 cup TVP
2 to 3 cups water
3 to 4 tablespoons Bragg's liquid aminos or soy sauce, divided
2 to 3 tablespoons oil
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon cumin
salt and pepper, to taste
couple shakes liquid smoke, optional

What you do: 

1. Place dry TVP in a skillet and cover with water and about 2 tablespoons Bragg's liquid aminos or soy sauce. The water should completely submerge the TVP.
2. Cook over low-medium heat until the water is completely absorbed. Add the oil, seasonings, remaining Bragg's, and liquid smoke, if desired.
3. Fry over low-medium heat until the chunks are firm and the mixture resembles ground beef. Stir occasionally to make sure that it cooks evenly and does not stick.
The same method should work for any amount of TVP, just keep in mind that it will double/triple in size once the water is added.
Source of recipe: My husband has been making this TVP ground beef for years. We often use it as the basis for meaty pasta sauce but it is versatile and can be used anywhere you'd traditionally use ground beef.

Preparation Time: 
5 minutes, Cooking time: 30-45 minutes
Cooking Time: 
30-45 minutes
Recipe Category: 


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New to the veggie lifestyle what is tvp?



Great recipe, thanks. I made the following substitutions:

1/2 tsp McCormick Italian Seasoning (I was out of oregano)

Omitted the second bit of Braggs and used 1/2 tsp of Kitchen Bouquet Browning Sauce. Made it a nice burger brown.


LOVING this recipe! Where we are, you have to go to whole foods to buy Boca or anything similar, and its 4.99 lb. So great to be able to save $, plus it is just so yummy!


This is great, so easy!  I am a new-ish  vegan and have been wanting to use TVP as a beef substitute, but have been fearful of being disappointed. But not so with this recipe.


I used 4 tablespoons of soy sauce and 3 tablespoons of oil.  Probably could have cut back on both.  It made a small amount, and was OVERLY flavorful.  I ended up cutting it with about 3/4 cup of prepared brown rice.  Frickin' delish.  Going to use it for a taco consumption henceforth.


I haven't tried this yet...but I wanted to comment that if you are looking to get a more "beef" color out of your tvp that adding a few drops of all natural beet coloring (red food coloring substitute) get the same color as cooked meat...although in this recipe I'm interested to see how it works with the color that they bragg's or soy adds.


Yum! I made this for use in chili; I was winging it when I started preparing the TVP but didn't like how it was coming out so I switched gears and followed the seasoning instructions from this recipe. Next time I make burger crumbles I will definitely follow this from the beginning.


In real life it was more brown, I think the reddish coloring had to do with low lighting when I snapped the photo. I'm sure if you were going for a specific color you could add a little tomato sauce or something of that nature. Glad to hear it worked out for you! 


Great recipe!! I used this for "meat" loaf. How did your make your TVP red like in the photo?

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