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Beef Lettuce Wraps

Beef lettuce wraps are healthy and easy to make. Filled with ground beef and flavored with garlic, ginger, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, Sriracha, and homemade hoisin sauce these wraps are held together with butter lettuce for a light meal you’ll love.

Beef lettuce wraps garnished with scallions, peanuts, and Sriracha.

Eat beef lettuce wraps as an appetizer or a main dish. However, you choose to eat them- they are tasty and ready in just 30 minutes!

WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE THIS RECIPE

  • Homemade Hoisin: While store-bought hoisin is super tasty, it’s high in sugar. If you’re concerned about sugar like me, I recommend making the homemade hoisin sauce suggested in the recipe. If you don’t have the ingredients or don’t feel like making your own, store-bought hoisin is fine.
  • Sesame Oil: Sesame oil cooks and flavors the ground beef.
  • Ground Beef: I use lean ground beef. If you choose ground beef with higher fat content, drain the excess oil after the meat browns.
  • Garlic: I suggest using two cloves, but don’t let my recipe tell you how much garlic to use – go for it.
  • Ginger: Fresh ginger lends flavor to the beef lettuce wraps, and ginger paste brightens the homemade hoisin sauce.
  • Scallions: Scallions or green onions add a nice peppery finish to our beef lettuce wraps.
  • Soy Sauce: Soy sauce adds a depth of the flavor.
  • Rice Wine Vinegar: Sweet acidity comes from the rice wine vinegar. 
  • Sriracha: For a bit of heat, add sriracha to the ground beef lettuce wraps and use it to garnish the lettuce wraps.
  • Butter Lettuce: I prefer butter lettuce for the wraps; romaine lettuce or collard greens are a great alternative.

HOW TO MAKE BEEF LETTUCE WRAPS

Homemade hoisin sauce flavors our beef lettuce wraps.

WHISK- Before cooking, whisk the ingredients for homemade hoisin in a small bowl. Set it aside.

Ground beef cooks down to create the base for this dish.

BROWN-Warm sesame oil in a skillet over medium heat and add the ground beef. Break up the meat using a meat chopper; cook until brown and heated through for about 10 minutes.

Onion and carrot are bulk and flavor to the beef lettuce wraps.

SAUTE- Add onion and carrots to the beef; cook until the onions become translucent and soften for about 5 minutes.

Onion and carrot are bulk and flavor to the beef lettuce wraps.

COMBINE- Combine garlic, ginger, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, and Sriracha in a small bowl. Stir the mixture, then add it to the ground beef with the homemade hoisin and the scallion whites.

Cover and simmer the beef mixture.

SIMMER- Cover with a lid and simmer for 5 minutes.

Remove the lid and allow the beef mixture to reduce,

REDUCE- Remove the lid, lower the heat, and allow the beef mixture to reduce for 2-5 minutes.

Beef lettuce wraps garnished with scallions, peanuts, and Sriracha.

SERVE- To serve, spoon the mixture into butter lettuce. Garnish with scallion greens, and use the leftover hoisin as a dipping sauce.

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Beef lettuce wraps garnished with scallions, peanuts, and Sriracha.

SERVING SUGGESTIONS

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Are your ground beef lettuce wraps keto? Are they low-carb?

We even calculated the macros to make it easier for you. The serving size for this calculation is two lettuce wraps and includes the homemade hoisin.
• Carbs – 2 Net Carbs
• Protein – 22g
• Fat – 13g

Can I freeze ground beef?

You sure can. First, allow the meat to cool completely. Then, add it to a freezer-safe container or bag. To prevent freezer burn, you can layer plastic wrap over the dish before securing the lid. The beef mixture will freeze for up to 2 months. When you’re ready to eat, defrost it in the fridge overnight. To serve, warm it on the stove and prepare your lettuce and hoisin sauce.

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Beef lettuce wraps garnished with scallions, peanuts, and Sriracha.

Healthy Beef Lettuce Wraps

Tressa Jamil
Beef lettuce wraps are healthy and easy to make. Filled with ground beef and flavored with garlic, ginger, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, Sriracha, and homemade hoisin sauce these wraps are held together with butter lettuce for a light meal you'll love.
Prep Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Thai
Servings 6 wraps
Calories 224 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

For the Homemade Hoisin Sauce:

For the Lettuce Wrap:

  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil, plus more to garnish
  • 1 pound ground beef, lean
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • ½ yellow onion, small diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, minced
  • 4 scallions, sliced, whites and greens separated
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 3 teaspoons Sriracha
  • ¼ cup Homemade Hoisin, plus more for garnish
  • butter lettuce, washed and patted dry

Instructions
 

  • Before cooking, whisk the ingredients for homemade hoisin in a small bowl. Set it aside.
  • Warm sesame oil in a skillet over medium heat and add the ground beef. Break up the meat using a meat chopper; cook until brown and heated through for about 10 minutes.
  • Add onion and carrots to the beef; cook until the onions become translucent and soften for about 5 minutes.
  • Combine garlic, ginger, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, and Sriracha in a small bowl. Stir the mixture, then add it to the ground beef with the homemade hoisin and the scallion whites.
  • Cover with a lid and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Remove the lid, lower the heat, and allow the beef mixture to reduce for 2-5 minutes.
  • To serve, spoon the mixture into butter lettuce. Garnish with scallion greens, and use the leftover hoisin as a dipping sauce.

Notes

  • Nutrition Disclosure: The nutritional information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for professional advice.
 
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Nutrition

Serving: 2wrapsCalories: 224kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 22gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 3.8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 3.5gCholesterol: 66.5mgSodium: 501.6mgPotassium: 318.9mgFiber: 0.7gSugar: 1.2gVitamin A: 23.8IUVitamin C: 1.9mgCalcium: 24.4mgIron: 2.5mg
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