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Vegan Bacon Bits made with TVP

Vegan Bacon Bits

These vegan bacon bits are made using TVP (soy granule). You can enjoy them in tacos, burritos, salads, sprinkled over pasta, pretty much anything that needs extra flavor and crunch!
Course Basics
Cuisine American, Vegan
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 1 cup
Calories 438kcal
Author Bianca Haun | Elephantastic Vegan


  • 1 cup soy granule
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon paprika powder mild
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1 tablespoon plant-based oil (sunflower oil or canola oil)


  • Add all the ingredients (except the oil) in a large pan, stir to combine. Bring it to high heat.
  • Once the soy granule has soaked up the water, add 1 tablespoon of oil. Stir constantly.
  • It will take about 10 to 15 minutes for the soy granule to get brown and crispy. You might have to add a bit more oil to achieve that. Then you can use the vegan bacon bits as taco 'meat', in salads, on pasta, or whatever you're craving!


Storage: Let the vegan bacon bits cool off, then you can put tem in an air-tight container and keep them in the fridge for up to 3 days.


Calories: 438kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1858mg | Potassium: 46mg | Fiber: 16g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 985IU | Calcium: 317mg | Iron: 12mg