The Best Vegan Pork Alternatives to Buy Now
If you have ever thought of giving up meat but the idea of missing out on bacon, sausage, and other pork products is too much to bear, try these vegan pork alternatives that are as good as the real thing!
Now is the perfect time to give up pork and switch to vegan pork alternatives since more companies than ever are bringing out new pork products made from soy, pea protein, and other greener, healthier plant-based ingredients.
We’ve rounded up some pork alternatives (all vegan and plant-based) to help wean you off the American meat staple. If you already don’t touch the stuff, good—these are products anyone can enjoy.
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Abbot’s Butcher Spanish Smoked Chorizo
Made with pea protein, Abbot’s Butcher’s smoked chorizo is an impressive replacement that even meat-eaters will love. It comes pre-flavored with tomato, garlic, and smoked paprika, for a zesty and bright taste. It’s not overly spicy and very versatile, easy to use in scrambles and burritos, empanadas, and enchiladas. A little bit of spiced chorizo never felt so good...both for body and mind.
Total Fat 6g, Saturated Fat 1g
Asante Plant-Based Pastor (Pork Shoulder)
Al Pastor is a traditional Mexican-style meat filling used in dishes like tacos and other dishes. Asante has reinvented it as a plant-based protein that mimics the traditional texture and taste perfectly. Flavored with orange juice, peppers, apple cider vinegar, cumin, and more, Asante’s vegan al-pastor product is a chef-crafted work of art. These mouthwatering plant-based filets are slow-cooked to provide a pulled pork texture that is nearly identical to traditional al-pastor. This authentic vegan protein (a mix of wheat and pea protein) contains fewer calories than other leading plant-based porks. With only 3 grams of fat and 100 calories per serving, this is a smart choice for your next taco night.
Total Fat 3g , Saturated Fat 0g
Deliciou Plant-Based Pork
Who would have thought that you could create a pork that is shelf-stable? Deliciou’s has done just that. This company has made a plant-based meat that you buy as a dry mix, and just add water and oil in order to plump it up and create a baking product that fries up just like pork grounds. The texture comes close to real pork but the plant-based pork mixture is relatively bland tasting so you need to add all your favorite spices for this to satisfy. The benefit is that it’s healthier than real pork. This meatless “pork” contains 75 percent less fat, 35 percent fewer calories, and more protein than actual pork. Spice up this plant-based mix with paprika, cayenne pepper, and other savory favorites for healthier vegan gyoza or meatless meatballs at home.
Total Fat 1g, Saturated Fat 0g
El Burrito Organic Soyrizo
The soy-based meat is flavored to perfection with Mexican spices and herbs that give it the same flavorful depth as its animal-based counterpart. The plant-based soyrizo can be cooked into a breakfast hash or used as a taco filling. The chorizo alternative contains 7g of protein and is low in carbs and calories.
Total Fat 4g, Saturated Fat 0.5g
Field Roast Plant-Based Pepperoni
Field Roast’s Plant-Based Pepperoni is shockingly similar to the real thing and crisps up just like the conventional pizza topping. The recipe includes hints of cayenne, paprika, and fennel to give it the true Italian flavor. Field Roast's pizza topper has 7 grams of protein and 140 calories in one serving of 18 slices making it a perfect addition to your next homemade vegan pie.
Total Fat 11g, Saturated Fat 1g
Future Farm Plant-Based Sausage
Future Farm’s Plant-Based Sausage is versatile and deliciously flavored and can be used for a hot dog, pasta or gumbo. Add seasoning or marinade to bring out even more flavor. The protein-packed sausage contains 6 grams of protein in each 130 calorie link but it also has 7 grams of saturated fat, which is 35% of your recommended daily amount.
Total Fat 8g, Saturated Fat 7g
Impossible Foods Sausage
Impossible Foods never fails to raise the bar when it comes to meat alternatives. This vegan Sausage is a savory, easily-prepared plant-based meat alternative that will satisfy both vegans and meat-eaters alike. The vegan sausage can be formed into breakfast patties that won’t fall apart on the griddle or work well crumbled into your favorite marinara sauce. Though the vegan sausage looks like a big elephant turd when you unwrap it out of the plastic tube once sliced and cooked, it is nearly indecipherable from traditional sausage grounds or patties. Keep Impossible Sausage stocked in your freezer for delicious last-minute breakfast sausage or meat-like pasta sauce.
Total Fat 9g, Saturated Fat 4g
Jada Plant-Based PORKLess Mix
Once you get past the idea that a dry mix can plump up like actual grounds, you will enjoy Jada’s vegan pork. And the payoff is that this vegan pork happens to be one of the healthiest and best options around. We found the lightly seasoned mix to need a substantial amount of additional spicing up so be prepared to add your favorite flavorings. Despite its bland appearance out of the package, once you sauté it, this vegan pork mix is surprisingly delicious and adds a nice meaty texture to lettuce wraps, and vegetable curries, and even makes a decent meatball. Packed with 21 grams of protein per serving, this plant-based pork offers nearly the same amount of protein as conventional pork.
Total Fat 1.5g, Saturated Fat 0g
Lightlife Smart Bacon
Lower in calories and cholesterol than real bacon, Lightlife is an easy and tasty bacon alternative. Each slice has only 20 calories and virtually no cholesterol. A good use case here would be to stack your Smart Bacon on top of a JUST folded egg and sandwich between a toasted English muffin. Delicious. Let's also acknowledge that Smart Bacon isn't fooling anyone: it doesn't really taste like the real-deal bacon. We will continue to hold our breath for the Beyond Meat vegan bacon they are rumored to be working on.
Total Fat 2g, Saturated Fat 0g
No Evil Foods Pit Boss
As the name implies, this is an authentic pork product without any animal ingredients. Slathered in spicy sauce, this vegan pulled meatless pork delivers a bold kick of flavor that will match up to any classic Southern BBQ you’ve ever tasted. But with 2 grams of fiber and 21 grams of protein, No Evil is true to its promise of being a healthier alternative to classic BBQ pork. This is the healthiest, lowest fat plant-based pulled pork sandwich we have found. No Evil Foods’ vegan pulled pork contains only 1 gram of fat per serving and zero saturated fat. Top it with some vegan coleslaw and bread-and-butter pickles, and this vegan BBQ will blow you away.
Total Fat 1g, Saturated Fat 0g
PigOut Pigless PorkRinds
You may have had those crunchy bacony chips or puffs while growing up; now, you can get that same taste minus the meat. PigOut Pigless PorkRinds are made from mushrooms (although you would never know from the taste) and a blend of other good-for-you ingredients. One serving is only 160 calories and just 1 gram of unsaturated fat...and zero cholesterol.
Total Fat 6g, Saturated Fat 0.5g
Tofurky Ground Chorizo
The Ground Chorizo crumbs from Tofurky are perfect for a taco night...or really any occasion that calls for a little spice and no-meat chorizo. They are easy and quick to cook and versatile as well. Try as a crumble on your vegan mac & cheese, sprinkle on a salad, throw in a quesadilla...the possibilities are endless.
Total Fat 8g, Saturated Fat 1.5g
Upton’s Naturals Bar-B-Que Jackfruit
A great alternative for those looking for simple, plant-based meat-like replacements is Upton’s Naturals, specializing in products made from jackfruit. As they say, it’s not made from plants, it is a plant. For a delight reminiscent of pulled pork, try their Bar-B-Que Jackfruit; it comes ready to use as is or can be cooked as well.
If you are feeling a little more ambitious in the kitchen you can buy canned or fresh jackfruit and whip something up. The texture is perfect to mimic pulled pork and is often used in tacos, sandwiches, burgers (like this pulled 'pork' BBQ sandwich), and more. Check out this taco recipe that uses jackfruit to replace pulled pork.
Total Fat 0g, Saturated Fat 0g
Viana Vegan Snack Sausages
If you are missing your Slim Jim, you can slam into a Viana vegan snack sausage with a clear conscience instead. At first glance this type of meat-like meatless snack might sound strange...but it is delicious, and perfect for our keto snack-seeking friends. Great for on-the-go since you can just peel and eat. It’s made from soy and wheat gluten and packs 15 grams of protein per sausage.
Total Fat 6g, Saturated Fat 0.5g