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vegan hamburger helper in two white bowls on a wooden cutting board

Vegan Homemade Hamburger Helper (Instant Pot or Stovetop)

  • Author: Verna
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 Minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x
  • Category: Mains,
  • Method: Instant Pot/Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Vegan Hamburger Helper at its best, homemade and delicious! This revised classic is easy, ready in minutes, so much better than the original and healthy too!  Instant pot or stovetop option.


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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon oil, I use grape seed oil
  • 1 small-medium yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped small
  • 1 and 1/2 cups Gardein Beefless Ground Crumbles
  • 1 (281 ml) (10 oz) can diced tomatoes with green chilies ( I use Rotel mild)
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon Vegetarian Better Than Bouillon No Beef Base
  • 3 tablespoons Nutritional Yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1 tablespoon Chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons yellow mustard
  • 2 cups uncooked macaroni noodles ( I buy these here, they are my favourite)

Instructions

Instant Pot Instructions:

  1. First chop the onions and garlic and get all the other ingredients ready.
  2. Set your Instant Pot to ‘Sauté’ and once Hot add the onions, oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Saute for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Now add the chopped garlic and frozen Gardein Beefless Ground. Stir for a minute until the vegan meat crumbles defrost and the garlic is fragrant.
  4. Press ‘Cancel’ on the Instant Pot. Add in the rest of ingredients and stir. Cover with lid and secure it properly.
  5. Set the pressure valve to ‘Seal’ Then Press the “Pressure Cooker’ button and manually set the timer for 4 minutes (with the + and – signs). It will then start automatically.
  6. When time is up carefully and quickly turn the pressure release valve from ‘seal’ to ‘Venting’ ( I use a dishcloth, it will be hot) Once all the pressure is released, remove the lid. Stir the Hamburger Helper and season with salt and pepper if necessary.
  7. Enjoy your Vegan hamburger helper!
  8. Serve with hot sauce if you like (I like Valentina’s)

Stovetop Instructions:

  1. Set a heavy bottomed pot (dutch oven) to medium heat. when hot add the onions, oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook for 5 minutes or so till onions are softening and browning a bit.
  2. Add the garlic and Gardein Beefless Ground. Stir for a minute until the vegan meat crumbles defrost and the garlic is fragrant.
  3. Add the rest of ingredients and bring to a boil on high heat. Reduce to a simmer. Stir well then Cover and cook for 7 minutes. (I like to stir once in between cooking in case the noodles are sticking).
  4. Remove from the heat and let stand for 2 minutes, covered.
  5. Remove the lid, stir and season with salt and pepper if necessary
  6. Enjoy!
  7. Serve with hot sauce if you like (I like Valentina’s)


Notes

  • I like to use straight cut macaroni noodles for this recipe (here is the link)  Elbow macaroni works great too. You can sometimes find Catelli brand Straight cut macaroni in the grocery stores or Walmart.
  • I am sure other vegan meat crumble brands would work. I have only made this recipe using Gardein Beefless Ground, they are my fav!
  • If you want your Hamburger Helper spicier, add a little more chili powder (I usually add another 1/2 tablespoon if it’s just adults) and or add regular or hot Rotel Diced Tomatoes with Green chilies in place of ‘mild’

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