So, you think lettuce is boring? Think again. These super tasty beef lettuce wraps make lettuce leaves exciting! Give the recipe a go!
So, here I am with another post where I am revamping an old recipe. Why? Well, simply because I didn’t think the other recipe had enough flavour. I seasoned my ground beef, added some dried herbs and aromatics, then fried it until cooked. And that is pretty much it. The problem is that I was using ground beef, and now I have learnt that any kind of minced meat will need more help than that.
I have mentioned this before and will again. There isn’t really anything wrong with having lean minced meat. However, I guarantee that you will end up with a better result if you buy minced meat that has a good amount of fat in it. I find that it is tougher to get that nice colour and flavour when the mince has very little flavour.
I wanted to give these beef lettuce wraps an Asian influence so I decided to add a sauce that I used for the first time called Hoisin sauce. According to the research I have done, it is typically used in Chinese cuisine. Which is why it has that lovely sweet flavour to it. I didn’t want to make the beef mixture too sweet so I decided to balance it out with some soy sauce. If you like that sweet vibe, you can add some brown sugar or honey but be careful not to make it too sweet.
I also wanted to point out that if you are looking for a low carb recipe, these beef lettuce wraps are perfect. Of course, if you were to make this dish for that reason, you wouldn’t want to be serving it with pasta and potatoes. I would say, serve it with a salad. Or something like quinoa or couscous.
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Spicy Beef Lettuce Wraps
Tasty, vibrant, delicious, spicy beef lettuce wraps that will knock your socks off.
- 1 bunch of baby cos lettuce
- Light oil such as vegetable oil or grape-seed oil for frying
- 500 g beef mince
- 500 g pork mince
- ¼ cup breadcrumbs (if you're gluten free, use gluten free breadcrumbs)
- 2 spring onions sliced
- 2 cloves of garlic peeled and finely chopped
- 1 thumb sized piece of ginger peeled and finely chopped
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1½ tablespoons soy sauce only if the mixture is too sweet.
- 4 tablespoons of hoisin sauce
- 1 bunch of coriander stalks finely chopped and leaves picked
- Lime wedges
- Salt and Pepper for seasoning
Mix the breadcrumbs, beef and pork together in a bowl.
Pre-heat a pan on high heat. Add your oil, then your minced meat (add in 2 batches if the pan gets too overcrowded).
Fry the meat until you get a nice brown colour (this should take about 3-5 minutes), season with salt and pepper, then transfer onto kitchen paper.
Add more oil to the pan, then add your spring onion, fry for a bit, then add your garlic and ginger. Fry for a bit longer then add the meat back to the pan.
Add your hoi-sin sauce and coat the meat, then add your soy sauce.
Add your cayenne pepper and coriander stalks, stir through then turn the heat off. And leave to cool slightly.
Make sure your lettuce leaves have been washed and dried, then ley them out.
Serve the meat in the lettuce leaves, garnish with extra spring onion and coriander. Serve with lime wedges and enjoy.
- Remember, a minced meat that has a good amount of fat in it will give you a better result.
I hope you enjoyed these Beef Lettuce Wraps! if you did, you should also check out this Pork Belly Ramon Noodles Recipe.