Can You Turn Tofu Into Vegan Ground Beef?

Do you think you can turn tofu into an amazing ground beef substitute? And the answer is yes!! YES, you can, with the right method and the right ingredients you can transform a simple block of tofu into this versatile and delicious ground beef that’s gonna get you hooked and you won’t want any other type of vegan meat, guaranteed. And what is more amazing is that from these meat you can make several other recipes, such as lasagna, meatballs, burgers, Bolognese pasta sauce, and pot pies!

Enough chitchat! Here is the recipe!


• 550 g extra firm tofu
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• 1/2 medium onion, minced
• 600 ml of veggie broth
• 1 cube of Veggie Broth
• 1 tablespoon soy sauce
• 1 teaspoon Marmite
• 1/2 tsp liquid smoke or 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
• 1 tsp browning sauce
• 1/4 teaspoon instant coffee
• 1 tsp vegan Worcestershire sauce
• 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
• 1 teaspoon garlic powder
• 2 tablespoons olive oil or neutral oil
• 2 tablespoons water
• 1 tablespoon of tomato paste
• 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano


  • 1.
    Crumble the tofu into a bowl, reserve.
  • 2.
    In a medium jug, add all ingredients for the marinade, mix to combine the ingredients, add it to the crumbled tofu and mix the tofu and the marinated very well so all of the crumbs are coated evenly. Spread the marinated tofu into a baking sheet in one single layer
  • 3.
    Put the baking sheet in a preheated oven for 25 minutes at 180°C. This time can vary depending on your oven and the tofu you’re using. The crumbs should be dry and a bit hard to the touch, as opposed to soft and moist.
  • 4.
    Open the oven once or twice and with the help of a fork, move the tofu around so it browns evenly
  • 5.
    In a pot, over medium-heat, add olive oil, when hot add the onions turn into a golden color, add the tofu meat and stir for a minute, then add the veggie broth.
  • 6.
    Stir to combine and allow it to cook until the veggie broth has reduced and you see none left in the pot
  • 7.
    If you wish to freeze it wait until it’s cold, then separate into smaller portions if desired and put them into freezing bags
  • 8.
    The vegan tofu meat can be frozen for up to three months.
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