Enjoy flavorful and easy tofu ground beef for all types of recipes such as tacos, stir fry, spaghetti, and even chili! So savory with flavors of garlic, chili powder, Worcestershire sauce, and more, this vegan recipe made on the stovetop is versatile and so yummy.
Why This Recipe Works
Whenever I’m in the mood for something versatile and quick, I make this sautéed tofu because it literally goes with everything. I usually prep a batch of this tofu ground beef whenever I know I’m going to want dinner prepped ahead of time.
You can use this ground tofu for so many things! I like to make my Instant Pot taco pasta or cheeseburger soup with this tofu when I’m feeling a little extra plant-friendly. For most recipes, this beefless ground beef is a great vegan or vegetarian option for whenever you are wanting to skip the meat.
- Tofu: You will want to make sure you use extra-firm tofu for this recipe. Extra-firm tofu allows this recipe to easily crumble and resemble ground meat.
- Worcestershire Sauce: This sauce gives the tofu bold flavors and savoriness. Make sure to use vegan Worcestershire sauce if you are making a vegan recipe.
- Liquid Smoke: This ingredient gives the tofu extra depth and flavor that pairs well with the other ingredients. You can find liquid smoke at most well-stocked grocery stores or online.
- Seasoning: The seasonings in this recipe are ground garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, paprika, and salt. The combination of all of these ingredients allows the tofu ground beef to taste delicious and well-flavored.
How to Make This Recipe
So easy and ready in minutes, this recipe is quick and great for those busy nights at home! Whether you are looking for proteins to prep for the week or fillings for your main courses, this ground tofu is perfect for all types of recipes.
Step One: First, wrap tofu in a kitchen or paper towel and place a heavy pan on top of the block to press it. Allow the tofu to be pressed for at least an hour as this allows the moisture to release from the tofu.
Step Two: Next, using a boxed grater, shred the tofu block so it resembles ground beef.
Step Three: Heat oil in a medium pan over medium-high heat.
Step Four: Add the ground tofu to the heated pan and toss the tofu so it is covered in oil. Cook the tofu for five to seven minutes while making sure to stir occasionally.
Step Five: After that, add the Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke, and spices. Toss all of the ingredients evenly to coat and cook for five to seven minutes while stirring occasionally.
Step Six: Once the tofu reaches the desired crispy level, remove it from the heat.
Serve warm and enjoy!
You can shred tofu in a few different ways including the boxed grater, food processor, potato masher, fork, or just use your hands to crumble to tofu.
There are three options to choose from including silken, firm, and extra-firm tofu. Silken is the softest tofu and is typically used for puddings and custards where extra-firm tofu is typically used as a meat substitute and other textures.
By itself, tofu is neutral and a little sour. Known for its ability to absorb flavors and ingredients, tofu is commonly used in a variety of savory dishes and comes in a variety of different flavors.
Yes, you can eat tofu raw, but for this recipe, you will want to cook the tofu!
If you do not press tofu, then it will not absorb flavors that well and will contain excess water.
- If you would like a more beefy flavor, then add more Worcestershire sauce. You can taste your tofu while you cook it see what you like.
- Store the leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for five days.
- For extra crispiness, cook the tofu longer.
- Pair this ground tofu with tomato sauce, casseroles, enchiladas, and much more.
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Easy Tofu Ground Beef
- 1 ~14 ounces package of extra firm tofu
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1.5 teaspoon liquid smoke
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Wrap tofu in a kitchen towel and place a heavy pan on top to press it. This will remove some of the water. Let this press for ~1 hour. Could also use a tofu press!
- Using a cheese grater shred the tofu so it resembles ground beef.
- Heat your oil in a pan over medium-high heat.
- Add your grated tofu to the pan and toss it so that the oil evenly coats the tofu. Sauté this for ~2 minutes.
- Now add the Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke and the spices. Toss this to evenly coat it and cook for ~5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- When tofu reaches desired crispness remove from heat, serve warm and enjoy!
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