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Crumbled tofu ground beef in a skillet.

Best Tofu Ground Beef

Making your own Tofu Ground Beef is easy, tasty and super versatile. These vegan beef crumbles are lightly seasoned but can be easily customized for pasta dishes, tacos, enchiladas, soups and more!
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Author: Liv King


  • 14oz Extra Firm Tofu 1 block
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil or Avocado Oil
  • 2 tablespoons Tomato Paste
  • 1 tablespoon Low Sodium Soy Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Nutritional Yeast
  • ½ teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • Pinch of Salt & Black Pepper


  • Preheat oven to 400F.
  • Press the tofu for 10-15 minutes to remove some of the excess water. If you don't press the tofu, simply wrap in a clean towel and soak up some of the water. You may need to bake it for a few minutes longer.
  • Whisk together the olive oil, tomato paste, low sodium soy sauce, nutritional yeast, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder and a pinch of salt and pepper until a smooth paste has formed.
  • Crumble the block of tofu and use a spatula to coat in the tomato paste mixture. Stir until the tofu is coated.
  • Spread out evenly on to a parchment lined baking tray- don't over crowd the pan or it'll take longer to bake.
  • Bake for about 25-30 minutes, tossing every 10 minutes. Keep in an eye on it during the last 10 minutes so it doesn't burn.
  • Remove the tofu from the oven and serve immediately or let cool and store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.


Storage: Allow the tofu beef crumbles to cool completely and then store in an airtight container for up to 5 days in the refrigerator.
Don't skimp on seasonings! I added smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and black pepper for this recipe to keep it more neutral in flavor to ensure that it goes well with a variety of recipes but you can add more depending on what recipe you're making. If you're making pasta, add Italian Seasonings. If you're making burritos, add chili powder and cumin.
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