Asian Inspired Spicy Ground Beef Lettuce Wraps

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Living far away from where I grew up in Asia, I sometimes find myself missing home.

Love eating without utensils? Grab one of our handheld spicy ground beef lettuce wraps for dinner tonight. We share our tasty recipe: https://foodal.com/recipes/beef/spicy-ground-beef-lettuce-wraps/

When these bouts of homesickness hit me, I turn to the next best alternative – cooking and indulging in Asian food.

Spicy ground beef lettuce wraps is an amazingly delicious cure for my homesick blues.

Apart from that, they’re also high in protein and low in carbs as well, which make them a wonderful option for a healthy meal.

You don’t need to worry about your waistline with these wraps – you can enjoy the taste of Asian flavors without the carbs that usually come with them!

Enjoy a handheld dinner tonight with our spicy ground beef lettuce wraps. We share the recipe now on Foodal: https://foodal.com/recipes/beef/spicy-ground-beef-lettuce-wraps/

Better still, this recipe comes together in under 30 minutes from start to finish.

You just need to cook the meat, mix it with chopped vegetables, and then fill the lettuce leaves.

Garnish them with some red chili and spring onions for a pop of color and contrast, and you’ve got a tasty handheld meal!

Looking for a healthy and fast meal that packs a spicy punch? We share our recipe for spicy ground beef lettuce wraps on Foodal: https://foodal.com/recipes/beef/spicy-ground-beef-lettuce-wraps/

Ready to tuck into these mouthwatering wraps now? Let’s head straight to the recipe!

The Recipe

Spicy ground beef lettuce wraps are a tasty handheld meal for you to try for a quick dinner tonight. | Foodal.com
Spicy Ground Beef Lettuce Wraps
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Savory and delicious, yet low-carb and high in protein, these spicy ground beef lettuce wraps are the perfect option for a healthy meal. Now on Foodal.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
15 minutes 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
15 minutes 5 minutes
Spicy ground beef lettuce wraps are a tasty handheld meal for you to try for a quick dinner tonight. | Foodal.com
Spicy Ground Beef Lettuce Wraps
Votes: 5
Rating: 5
You: 5
Rate this recipe!
Print Recipe
Savory and delicious, yet low-carb and high in protein, these spicy ground beef lettuce wraps are the perfect option for a healthy meal. Now on Foodal.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
15 minutes 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
15 minutes 5 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 head Romaine lettuce
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon ginger peeled and grated
  • 3 spring onions finely chopped
  • 2 large garlic cloves minced
  • 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup peanuts roughly chopped
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • fresh red chili thinly sliced
  • fresh cilantro or parsley chopped
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Instructions
  1. Wash and dry the large outer leaves of the romaine lettuce, removing them carefully from the core so they do not tear. Reserve the heart for another use. Set the prepped leaves aside.
  2. Mix the ground beef with the hoisin sauce and soy sauce and let it marinate in the refrigerator for at least 10 minutes.
  3. Heat up the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat, swirling the skillet to coat it thoroughly.
  4. Brown the beef, then add the ginger, spring onions, garlic, red pepper flakes, and peanuts. Cook for another minute, mixing with a wooden spoon until well combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Allow the meat to cool for a moment before spooning into the lettuce leaves and garnishing with the spring onions, red chili, and parsley.
Recipe Notes

Recipe by Lorna Kring

Nutritional Information*

Nutrition Facts
Spicy Ground Beef Lettuce Wraps
Amount Per Serving
Calories 745 Calories from Fat 513
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 57g 88%
Saturated Fat 14g 70%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 16g
Monounsaturated Fat 22g
Cholesterol 102mg 34%
Sodium 1435mg 60%
Potassium 767mg 22%
Total Carbohydrates 30g 10%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 20g
Protein 40g 80%
Vitamin A 14%
Vitamin C 21%
Calcium 5%
Iron 22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

Cooking by the Numbers…

Step 1 – Prepare the Ingredients

Peel the leaves of the romaine lettuce, then wash and dry them before setting aside.

Romaine lettuce leaves serve as a fresh and healthy base for our spicy ground beef wraps. | Foodal.com

Measure out the amounts of ground beef, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, vegetable oil, and red pepper flakes that you’ll need.

Grate the ginger, mince the garlic, and chop the peanuts. Remove stems, and chop the cilantro or parsley. Thinly slice the red chili pepper.

Prepping our flavorful ingredients like ginger and red chili to make our spicy beef lettuce wraps. | Foodal.com

Chop the scallions, and reserve the green portion from one of them for garnish.

Step 2 – Marinate the Meat

In a large mixing bowl, mix the beef with the hoisin sauce and soy sauce.

Marinating beef in hoisin and soy sauce creates a juicy and flavorful filling for lettuce wraps. | Foodal.com

Place it in the refrigerator and allow it to marinate for at least 10 minutes, or longer if you have the time.

Marinating for at least a couple hours or overnight will allow the beef to more fully absorb all of the flavors.

Step 3 – Brown the Meat

Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Make sure to swirl well so the entire surface of the skillet is covered with oil.

Browning ground beef for spicy beef lettuce wraps. | Foodal.com

Begin by browning the beef, mixing with a wooden spoon to ensure that all of the meat cooks evenly. This will take about 5 minutes.

Add the ginger, garlic, spring onions, red pepper flakes, and peanuts. Let it cook for another minute, stirring well to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Adding peanuts and spring onions to create even more flavor and texture to our spicy beef lettuce wraps. | Foodal.com

Step 4 – Fill and Garnish

Once the meat has cooled slightly, spoon it into the prepared lettuce leaves and garnish with the red chili, spring onions, and fresh cilantro or parsley.

Tuck in and enjoy!

Spicy ground beef lettuce wraps, with some delicious garnishes like parsley and red chili. | Foodal.com

A Savory Taste of Home

I feel like I’m right at home every time I make this simple recipe for Asian spicy beef lettuce wraps!

Make it from scratch in just 30 minutes, and both your taste buds and your waistline will thank you for this high-protein, low-carb meal.

Grabbing a spicy ground beef lettuce wrap before they're all gone! | Foodal.com

For an additional Asian-inspired meal with lots of meat and veggies, try my fried bee hoon dish. It’s another tasty meal that takes me back home.

Looking for other healthy meals that you can whip up in no time? Check out our article for fast and tasty summer meals to enjoy every day of the week!

Have you made lettuce wraps before? What’s your favorite filling? Share your own handheld recipe ideas in the comments below!


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If you love the taste of Asian food, and want something low-carb at the same time, these spicy ground beef lettuce wraps are your solution. Fresh lettuce leaves are stuffed with marinated ground beef mixed with ingredients like ginger, garlic, peanuts, and chili. Are you hungry now? Get the recipe from Foodal today!

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*Nutritional information derived from a database of known generic and branded foods and ingredients and was not compiled by a registered dietitian or submitted for lab testing. It should be viewed as an approximation.

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About Felicia Lim

Felicia Lim is a Singaporean who moved to Argentina for love. Based in Buenos Aires, also known as “the Paris of South America,” she fills her days with freelance writing, recipe development, and food photography – three passions that give her endless joy. When she isn’t typing away at her computer, cooking in the kitchen, or shooting in her balcony-studio, you can probably find her curled up on the couch, lost in the pages of a good book.

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