If you are looking for a new way to enjoy ground beef, this Thai inspired beef and basil recipe is for you! Once again my basil is over growing in my Aerogarden and I was looking for inspiration on how to use it. I saw a few recipes for beef and basil and I thought it was just perfect!
My recipe is not really authentic to Thai cuisine, but it came out pretty darn good. Normally you would use beef strips for a dish like this, and of course fish sauce (which I never use since Colin has allergies to fish and sea food in general).
But using ground beef really worked well. The sauce was sweet with heat coming from the red Thai chilli peppers (if you can’t find them, you can substitute for red chilli flakes) and of course, you would use Thai basil as well, which is really hard to find at the grocery. Regular basil though is just fine.
- 1 lbs of ground beef
- 1 tbsp of olive oil
- 2 green onions (sliced)
- 4 cloves of garlic (minced)
- 1 bell pepper (julienned)
- 2 red Thai chilli peppers (sliced)
- 2 tbsp of soy sauce
- 1 tbsp of brown sugar
- 1 tsp of red chilli paste
- 1 lime (juice and zest)
- 1 cup of fresh basil (coarsely chopped)
- In a pan heat up 1 tbsp of olive oil.
- Cook the ground beef until no pink remains (about 8 minutes).
- Add in the bell pepper, garlic, and the red Thai chilli peppers.
- Cook for about 5 minutes.
- Add in the soy sauce, brown sugar, red chilli paste, lime juice and zest.
- Cook for another 5 minutes.
- Add in the basil leaves and green onions.
- Continue cooking for 2 minutes.
- Serve over a bed of white rice with lime wedges.