Tacos, Spicy Dirty Rice, and Sloppy Joes

I used to love to eat Tacos, Spicy Dirty Rice, and Sloppy Joes. Traditionally all three of these meals are made with ground beef. I been eating (mostly) plant-based for about a year and a half now, and I hadn’t found any plant-based substitute for ground beef until now. Oh sure I’ve made Chili using TVP (textured vegetable protein,) or even shredded portobellos and it was good (I’ve used jackfruit too) but it was just incorporated into what ever sauce I made such as chili, pasta, and spaghetti sauce. Last year I started making a Chili with TVP, I ate it with kidney beans and even put it on my root dogs. Root dogs are hot dogs made from root crop veggies such as carrots that I grill out for that smoky flavor.

Spicy Dirty Rice using the vegan ground beef.

Taco made from the vegan ground beef.

Sloppy Joe using the vegan ground beef.

For the last year and a half I had not tried to make, nor even thought about making a vegan ground beef but the other night for some reason I got the notion into my head while I was in the kitchen to make TVP “ground beef” and so I threw together this recipe on a whim and I really like it! So I want to share it with everyone who may want to eat plant-based or maybe NEED to eat plant based protein, for health reasons such as myself, instead of animal protein, and not just eat it but ENJOY it! In fact, ENJOY it SO MUCH that you actually prefer it. This vegan ground beef is so tasty, juicy, and it’s versatile. I made one batch of this vegan ground beef and then made three different meals from it. I made dirty rice, tacos, and sloppy joes.

I buy my TVP at my local food cooperative where I am a member. I’ll give them a free plug, they are Ever’man Cooperative Grocery and Cafe in Pensacola Florida.

Vegan Ground Beef – click to download recipe.














Recipe for TVP “Ground Beef” (Click link or on picture to download recipe as PDF)

Liquid Ingredients:

1/8 cup  Kitchen Bouquet

¼ cup    Soy Sauce

¼ cup    Tamari

1/8 cup  Sunflower Oil

1 cup     water


Dry Ingredients:

1 tsp      salt

¼ cup    dried minced onions

½ tsp     black pepper

½ tsp     garlic powder

1 tsp      cumin

1 tsp      red pepper flakes

1 tbsp    smoked dried jalapeno peppers

TVP: 1 cup



In a saucepan mix together liquids first, then mix, in separate bowl, mix together the dry ingredients except not the TVP.  Add the dry ingredients to liquid in sauce pan and stir over low heat until all dry ingredients and dissolved or mixed into liquid well. The over low heat, while stirring, add the TVP and continue to stir. It will take a few minutes for the TVP to hydrate; it will suck up most all the liquid. If it gets too dry you may need to add some additional water, the mixture should be juicy looking. Remove saucepan from heat, stir occasionally to see how much more liquid may have been absorbed; it should not be dry looking. You can use immediately or put in refrigerator until needed for a recipe.


This TVP ground “meat” should be good in refrigerator for several days.

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