Sporked Awards: The Best Vegan Food We Tasted in 2023

The best vegan food makes ditching meat and animal byproducts taste good as hell. We taste tested a lot of vegan food this year—vegan pizza, vegan salad dressing, canned vegan tuna, vegan deli meat, vegan jerky, and more—but a few products were plant-based perfection. Whether you’re a longtime vegan looking for some new items to try or a newbie who’s trying out a totally animal-free diet for the first time, here’s the best vegan product we tried in 2023 and a close runner up. 

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Runner-Up

Pan’s Mushroom Jerky Original

Vegan jerky comes in a lot of different forms. Brands like Beyond rely on complex blends of proteins smashed into dehydrated little chunks, and while we like those versions plenty, there’s something so beautiful and simple about jerky made of dehydrated mushrooms. Pan’s original mushroom jerky is the best. In fact, Sporked editor-in-chief Justine Sterling thought it was the best dupe for straight-up beef jerky. But don’t get us wrong—there’s big, big mushroom flavor, too. If you’re a fan o’ fungus, whether or not you’re vegan, you should try this vegan jerky asap.  

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Rating:

10/10

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Winner

Trader Joe’s Meatless Meatlover’s Pizza

If you’re a vegan who’s always wanted to try a pizza loaded with things like pepperoni and sausage, we have some pretty good news: This meatless meatlover’s pizza from Trader Joe’s is extremely good and just as satisfying and flavorful as a pizza loaded with real meat and cheese. My favorite thing about this pizza? One of the meats is veggie chorizo. So, in addition to mock versions of meats you’ll traditionally find on pizza, like pepperoni and Italian sausage, this pizza has a spicy, savory, paprika-rich vegan chorizo in the mix. The vegan cheese is pretty good, too; it’s much less soupy and gluey than the cheese on other vegan pizzas we tasted. We all know TJ’s is wont to discontinue items on a whim, but I really hope they keep this around. Rootin’ for you, vegans!

Read the full ranking of the best vegan frozen pizza

Rating:

10/10

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The 2023 Sporked Awards

We ate our way through hundreds of products this year to find the best. Now it’s time to honor the best of the best.


About the Author

Gwynedd Stuart

Gwynedd Stuart, Sporked’s managing editor, is an L.A.-based writer and editor who spends way, way too much time at the grocery store. She’s never met an Old El Paso taco or mozzarella stick she didn’t like.

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  • Why did you just have a runner-up and grand prize winner, instead of 10 of the best frozen foods?
    As for Trader Joe’s, while they might seem to discontinue items on a whim, I don’t think that’s always the case. Some of their items are seasonal, such as peppermint and pumpkin spice Joe Joes and are only available for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Also, in order to make shelf space for them, they might need to temporarily discontinue some of their regular items. They might also need to discontinue items that don’t sell well and fill the shelf space with better selling merchandise. They might also no longer be able to get certain items such as their tea tree soap that they used to sell 2 to a pack or their goat milk soap. My late husband tried to use some in the shower and said that it wasn’t sudsing very well. We had a good laugh while I unwrapped it for him. He also tried to eat a cinnamon stick and told me the cinnamon cookies I’d bought we too hard to chew.
    One of my favorite Trader Joe’s frozen foods is their Quiche Lorraine that’s microwavable, the only kind I’ve seen anywhere that is.

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