I got sauced! Gardein Meatless Ground


I am an unapologetic sucker for new products. The shiny packaging, the allure of something new to taste- yes, bring on the processed food! While I make a great effort to source my life from whole foods, these meat analogues are fun to play with from time to time. The Gardein meatless ground is now available at Costco stores in the refrigerated section. According to the package, it can be frozen for up to 3 months. Once thawed, it should be consumed within 1-2 days. Though not organic, the soy and wheat ingredients are non GMO.

I used one package and crumbled it before adding it to my sauce. Simple sauce: 1 onion diced, 4 cloves garlic, one 15oz. can fire roasted diced tomatoes, one 15oz. can fire roasted crushed tomatoes, 1/2 jar sun dried tomatoes in oil pureed, 2 small carrots finely chopped, Penzey’s Tuscan seasoning, fresh basil, salt+pepper  to taste.

The crumbles are added after the sauce has been simmering for about an hour. One package of Gardein ground equals 1.2 pounds of ground beef. I found that the crumbles soak up a lot of liquid, so I would only use a half package of the crumbles next time. I like a saucier sauce consistency, so use less crumbles or add an additional can of tomatoes. Two 15oz cans for half pack OR three 15oz cans for a whole pack of meatless ground.

Behold, the sauce!

Of all the vegan ground products I’ve tried, this is the most convincingly “meaty”. The texture isn’t weirdly spongy like other meatless grounds. I’ll definitely keep some on hand for lazy days when I want to make tacos, sloppy joes or pasta sauce.

Winner, winner Gardein dinner!

Spaghetti ala Bolognese

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  1. I’ve been buying Gardein meatless ground at Costco for awhile, since an employee pointed it out to me in a section I would never have looked in, with the deli meat. However, I’ve been to 2 different Costcos in the last few weeks & neither had it. An employee took the name & said she looked it up & Costco doesn’t carry it! Is that true? If so, any other suggestions on where to get it? Such a good price there!

    • Aloha Carol, I live in Hawaii and our Costco still carried Gardein as recently as last month.I hope they’re still carrying it! If not, I would suggest contacting your Costco regional office and request it again.

      • Which costco do you shop at? I havent seen it at Alakawa or Hawaii Kai for months now. and/or what section do you normally find it in?

        • Aloha Derek, I shop at the Hawaii Kai Costco and used to see it in the refrigerated cases by the veggie patties. One box lasts me forever since I freeze it and only use half a pack at a time, so I have not been back to see if they have it in stock. Seems like a lot of folks want it, did you request it?

        • Just a heads up, the Hawaii Kai Costco had the Gardein in the refrigerated end cap near the deli section as of Sunday, Jan 6th.

  2. Was unable to find your Gardein meatless gound at costco, I have been going back for 3 weeks and nothing. Please tell me where I can find your great product.
    America should eat more healthy.

    • Bummer! Did you speak with customer service to request it? I have also had some luck when I contact the regional office.But, if you still can’t find it, lentils work really well in this sauce too 🙂

  3. i have never seen this before anywhere. i want to try! i was actually just on the gardein website and saw the product when first entering the site, but not in the product list. i assumed this was a new thing, so i googled it & find this site. is this only sold at costco? i’ve never been to a costco before.

    • Aloha Amanda!I have only seen it at Costco and only in certain regions. I live in Hawaii but was also able to pick some up in Oregon earlier this year. My best suggestion is to request it at whatever store you normally shop at.

    • This is the greatest meatless I have ever tasted, you can do so many dishes with it. I will check my nearest Costco.

  4. I found it in the summer at Costco in Portland Oregon and then when I went back for more, they were out for months. They’re currently carrying it now. I’ve noticed a pattern with Costco, especially with the AmyLu carmelized chicken patties (fully cooked) – they keep it in for a few months, out for a few months, then its back. Nothings ever really totally gone there – I think they bounce stuff in and out. Noticed it with some of the low sugar jellies as well – they rotate the flavors in and out.

  5. Hey! guys I found it in Costco, in Alhambra, Calif. I was happy I bought 6 packages. Keep asking, I think they got sick of me (smile).

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