Product Review: Boca Meatless Ground Crumbles

These have been sitting in my freezer for a couple of weeks and so I finally got around to using them. I decided to make tacos with the crumbles and typically, I would add 1/2 a large onion, chopped to the pan, but I forgot. Oops. (I guess I was too focused on the review)!

The crumbles come out of the bag resembling frozen, cooked ground beef and breaks up easily in the pan. The back of the packages recommends adding to a skillet, sprayed generously with cooking spray. I used a Tbs of olive oil. Within 10-12 minutes, the crumbles were heated through and gave off an almost sweet, cinnamon-y smell. But the crumbles didn’t taste like it–in fact, there wasn’t much taste to them. I certainly recommend using a taco seasoning when making tacos–or any other seasoning when using these crumbles–they’re kinda bland. Fortunately though, they also don’t taste fake, or rubbery like some vegan meat. Overall, I was very impressed.

For around $4 for 12-oz, “ground beef” tacos are back, baby!

The tacos didn’t taste “altered” at all. Packed with Tofutti sour cream, vegan cheddar, diced avocado, lettuce and salsa, these were delicious, satisfying and very meat-like.

And here comes the really good part: These meatless ground crumbles have only 0.5g of unsaturated fat per serving–that’s 90% less fat than ground beef!! Not only that, there are 13 grams of protein per serving! It seems like a no-brainer.

As we were chowing down, we were listing off the different meals we could use these bodacious crumbles in:






Taco salad (the back of the package features a recipe for this)

Really….these crumbles would work for anything requiring ground beef.

Check out Boca’s site for more info and ingredient list.


  1. Shirley says

    We had tried the Morningstar crumbles, which seemed a little chewy. Tried the vegan Boca crumbles last night in homemade chili. Loved it! I added a tiny bit of vegetarian ‘beef bouillon’ powder. I especially liked that the crumbles we got were made with non-GMO soy! Looks like ground beef dishes are back on our menu.

    • epicureanvegan says

      Adding the veg bouillon is a great idea! It’s hard to find tasty veg ground crumbles. I’ve had Gimme Lean by Lightlife before and I thought it was pretty good, too, although, I’m not sure if it’s made with non-GMO soy–I think so, but I don’t know for sure.

  2. Ana says

    Hi just wanted to say that i tried the Boca crumbles for tacos last night and it came out delishhhh! Thank you for this. Also i wanted to know what kind of taco shells did you use? They appear to be mini taco shells. If they are would you mind sharing the name? thanks for all your help!!

    • epicureanvegan says

      I’m glad you liked the Boca crumbles. I actually just bought some today for dinner this weekend! Actually, I think the taco shells I use are regular size–Ortega brand, I think. Sometimes I use store brand, too.

  3. AshestoAshes says

    I love the taste & texture of these and many quick-to-eat boca burgers and patties. Unfortunately, as a vegetarian of 9 years, these crumbles ALWAYS give me extreme diarrhea. I don’t know what’s different between these and the burgers (including grillers and vegan) but the last 3 bags I have bought (June-August) have made me very sick.

    • Epicurean Vegan says

      You know, it’s funny you bring this up . . . I haven’t actually used Boca Crumbles in ages because 1.) I began to not like the taste, and 2.) I would feel sick after eating them. I wonder what’s in the crumbles that would cause these issues. I don’t usually buy their grillers, but I do like their “chicken” patties. I wish I had an answer for you, but at least you know you’re not alone!

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