Asian Beef Lettuce Wraps

Serves 4 (3 wraps each)

12 leaves lettuce (iceberg, romaine, Boston or green leaf)

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced

1 yellow onion, diced

1 lb. ground beef

1/4 tsp. each salt and pepper

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1/4 cup hoisin sauce

1-2 Tbsp. chili sauce (such as Sambal Oelek*)

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar

4 green onions, chopped


Gently rinse lettuce leaves and pat dry, careful not to tear them. Set aside.
In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over high heat. Add bell pepper and onion, cook 3 minutes. Add ground beef and cook 5 minutes, breaking up with a wooden spoon. Drain grease and return pan to stovetop; reduce heat to medium. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in garlic, soy sauce, hoisin and chili sauces, ginger and rice vinegar. Cook until sauce has thickened, 3-4 minutes. Stir in green onions.
Spoon meat mixture into a medium bowl and place on a large serving platter. Arrange lettuce leaves around the bowl and serve.

* This is a thick red paste with medium-high spice, made from red chilies, vinegar and salt. It can be found in the Asian or ethnic sections of most grocery stores.