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Beef Lettuce Wraps

  • Author: Erin
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 2-4 people 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: Asian



  • 12 Tablespoons olive or avocado oil
  • 1 Teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 2 Teaspoons minced garlic
  • 3/4 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1/2 cup diced carrot
  • Optional: 1 can diced water chestnuts – this could be used instead of or in addition to the carrots
  • salt and pepper
  • 11 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1/4 Teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 head of butter lettuce (romaine or iceberg would work if that is all you have), carefully remove leaves and rinse. Pat dry and set aside.


  • 1/4 cup coconut aminos
  • 1 Teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon orange juice concentrate
  • 1/2 Teaspoon red pepper flakes (more or less to taste)
  • 1/4 Teaspoon fish sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons beef stock or broth
  • 1/2 Teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon Bob’s Red Mill Tapioca Starch


  • Lime wedges
  • Chopped fresh cilantro
  • Green onion, sliced
  • Avocado, sliced
  • Purple onion, sliced
  • Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice or Cilantro Lime Rice


  1. In 12 inch skillet add oil to coat the pan and bring to medium-high heat.
  2. Add garlic and ginger; stir to allow them to cook until aromatic, about 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add yellow onion and carrot to pan; cook 2-3 minutes moving around the pan.
  4. Add additional oil if pan gets dry.
  5. Add ground beef and move around pan with spatula, allowing to cook fully.
  6. Meanwhile, combine Sauce ingredients and whisk together until Tapioca Starch is fully combined; set aside.
  7. Prep Toppings and have ready.
  8. If using cauliflower rice or regular rice, ensure it is being cooked and ready to go at this time as well.
  9. Once ground beef is fully cooked (drain excess grease, if necessary) and Toppings are ready add Sauce mixture to ground beef and mix on medium-high heat. it will thicken quickly, about 1 minute.
  10. Remove from heat and serve immediately.
  11. To serve take a piece of butter lettuce and top if rice (if using) and then some ground beef mixture. Squeeze lime juice on top, add green onion and cilantro.  Enjoy! (I HIGHLY recommend using lime juice and cilantro with this Рit completes the dish and tastes SO good!)


  • You can use arrowroot starch instead of tapioca if you need to, but I recommend tapioca starch for this.
  • I highly recommend the use of lime + cilantro when serving!! It completes the dish!
  • You could also sub ground turkey for the beef, but just be aware that turkey has a milder flavor so you may need to adjust the flavoring so taste as you go!

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