I've never tried this myself, but what about TVP?
I've learned the hard way that textured vegetable protein (TVP) doesn't taste as good as the pea-protein based crumbles put out by Beyond Meat. I'm pretty sure that Beyond Meat Beefy Crumbles are the best tasting vegan ground beef substitute on the market. Quorn makes a ground beef substitute that's pretty good, but it's not vegan (uses egg whites as a binder), and anyway, I actually think Beyond Meat's product, which is vegan, tastes at least as good, and possibly better, than Quorn's, which is not.
So, I tried making them today. I used the Beyond Meat Beefy Crumbles, Mrs. Dash sloppy Joe seasoning packet, tomato paste, chopped onions, canola oil, salt, and four new ingredients that I've never included in the recipe before: (1) corn starch; (2) nutritional yeast; (3) soy sauce; and (4) liquid smoke.
My conclusion is that the corn starch and nutritional yeast were nice additions. The corn starch, as someone in this thread suggested, is a nice thickener and really improved the consistency. The nutritional yeast added a nice touch of savory umami flavor. The soy sauce, though, didn't work. It's strong flavor clashed with the other flavors. I also think the liquid smoke was a bit off flavor-wise. Next time, I'm going to stay with the nooch and corn starch, but skip the soy sauce and liquid smoke.
Last edited by Dilettante; 10-31-2016 at 10:02 PM.