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Asian Ground Beef Lettuce Wraps

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December 18, 2019 | Author: Ashley McCrary

These delicious ground beef lettuce wraps are a healthy, Asian-inspired meal that take just minutes to make! Bursting with flavor & texture in every bite!

Asian Beef Lettuce Wraps

Asian-inspired meals are my favorite. Bursting with amazing flavors and textures, you just can’t go wrong! You may have already fallen in love with lettuce wraps from PF Changs, but let me now introduce you to my homemade, beef version of the delicious and popular lettuce wrap. These Asian Ground Beef Lettuce Wraps make the perfect appetizer, easy weeknight dinner, or meal prep lunch!

butter lettuce wraps filled with ground beef and topped with cashews and green onions

Healthy Lettuce Wraps with Ground Beef

Everything about these beef lettuce wraps is perfect, from the seasoned beef to the crispy crunch of the butter lettuce, and the yummiest combination of sweet and spicy in every bite!

I set out to create healthy lettuce wraps that were both delicious and satisfying, while still offering a nutritious, Whole30, Paleo, and keto-friendly meal! These Asian Ground Beef Lettuce Wraps will give you all the feels & flavors of a tasty Asian-inspired dish with the freshest ingredients, and a fraction of the carbs & calories. Lettuce wraps with ground beef, FTW!

ground beef lettuce wraps on a white plate next to a bowl of Asian-inspired ground beef filling.

Which Lettuce is Best for Lettuce Wraps?

Butter lettuce is my go-to when choosing the best lettuce for my ground beef lettuce wraps (or really any kind of lettuce wrap!). This lettuce holds its form well and creates the perfect little cup to hold in the filling. In addition, it has a great taste that compliments the recipe, and an amazing crispy crunch that adds amazing texture!

Overall, butter lettuce is much easier to work with than other types of lettuce, and it’s super easy to find at the market!

How to Meal Prep

I love these wraps so much I could eat them daily for lunch. This recipe makes a super easy meal prep option for grab-and-go lunches throughout the week. Here’s how I meal prep this recipe!

  1. Make a big batch of the ground beef with seasonings and store it in an airtight glass container in the refrigerator.
  2. To prepare the “lettuce wrap”, then wash the butter lettuce and store it wrapped in a paper towel and zipped in a baggie.
  3. Pack a little bag of cashews and green onion to sprinkle on the top of the wraps before eating.
  4. When you’re ready to eat, simply heat up the beef and spoon the desired amount into a lettuce cup. Then sprinkle with the cashews & green onions, and enjoy!
closeup of lettuce wraps filled with ground beef, red peppers, cashews, and green onions next to a small bowl of sauce.

Tips & Tricks

Extra Sauce: If you would like to make extra sauce, add 1/4 cup coconut aminos along with 1 tbsp of rice vinegar and 1/8 tsp of ground ginger to a bowl and whisk together. 

Storage: Store any extra beef in an airtight glass container, which will last up to 1 week in the fridge. 

FAQS

Is this a copycat PF Changs Lettuce Wraps recipe? While these ground beef lettuce wraps have all the yummy Asian-inspired flavors and textures of PF Chang’s lettuce wraps, they are made with ground beef, whereas PF Changs makes theirs with chicken. Both recipes are delicious, and if you’re looking to re-create lettuce wraps at home, my recipe will blow your mind!

Are these ground beef lettuce wraps keto and low carb? Yes! Each serving accounts for about 3 filled lettuce wraps, which contains 379 calories and 12 Net carbs (for all three!). In fact, with 24 grams of protein, and 25 grams of fat, these Asian-inspired lettuce wraps with ground beef are actually a super macro-friendly meal for those of you eating the keto lifestyle!

Can I serve these at a party? Yes! This is the BEST appetizer for a gathering you’re hosting or attending. The ingredients travel well, are easy to assemble, and require minimal cleanup! Make a double batch, they’ll go quick!

a batch of lettuce wraps on a white place with ground beef and sauce.

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Asian Beef Lettuce Wraps

These delicious ground beef lettuce wraps are a healthy, Asian-inspired meal that take just minutes to make! Bursting with flavor & texture in every bite!

  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 5 servings 1x

Ingredients

Scale
  • 1.5 pound ground beef
  • 14 butter lettuce leaves
  • 1 tbsp sesame seed oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup coconut aminos
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 (8 oz can) water chestnuts, drained and finely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, remove core and seeds, chop
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red peppers
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • Cashews and green onions for garnish

 

Instructions

  1. Carefully rinse each butter lettuce leaf and pat dry. Be sure to not tear the leaves. 
  2. In a large skillet, heat 1 tbsp of sesame seed oil over medium high heat and add in the minced garlic along with the ground beef. Allow to cook until the beef becomes crumbly and browned. Around 7 minutes. 
  3. Once beef is cooked, remove and drain and discard the grease. Transfer the beef to a bowl and set to the side. 
  4. To the hot skillet, add the chopped red bell pepper and finely diced water chestnuts. Cook until the peppers become tender. 3 minutes or so. 
  5. Transfer the beef back to the pan with the red pepper and water chestnuts. Combine together with a spoon. 
  6. To the beef, add the coconut aminos, rice vinegar, red pepper flakes and ground ginger. Combine all ingredients with a spoon and allow to cook together, another 3 minutes or so.
  7. Arrange the lettuce cups on a platter and add a heaping spoonful of the beef mixture into each butter lettuce cup.
  8. Garnish each lettuce cup with green onions and cashews.

Notes

  • If you would like to make additional sauce, feel free to add 1/4 cup coconut aminos along with 1 tbsp of rice vinegar and 1/8 tsp of ground ginger to a bowl and whisk together. 
  • Store any extra beef in a glass container and this will last up to 1 week in the fridge. 
  • Author: Ashley McCrary
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Main Dish/Appetizer
  • Cuisine: Asian

Keywords: Asian Beef Lettuce Wraps, Lettuce Wraps, Asian Cuisine, Whole30 Recipes, Whole30 Dinner, Asian Whole30, Paleo, Keto, Asian Keto

48 thoughts on "Asian Ground Beef Lettuce Wraps"

  1. Leesha says:

    My whole family LOVED this dinner! My 3yr old especially loved making his own lettuce cups AND he not only love that but devoured his whole plate – that’s a rare occasion around here!
    I see the note on more sauce which I hadn’t yesterday. But I would suggest a thicker sauce, just smidge thicker to coat the beef a little more.

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      This is so great to hear! Thank you.

  2. Alyss says:

    Yummy!!

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      Thank you!

  3. Jane says:

    Can’t wait to try this tonight! Thank you for creating yummy and doable recipes for Whole 30. The last couple of days I ventured out to try some new recipes that were terrible… so coming back to my old faithful… your recipes are ALWAYS a hit! Thank you!

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      Thank you, Jane!

  4. Stephanie says:

    Delicious! Approved by my two teenage daughters as well!

  5. Erin says:

    I made this recipe last night and it was SO yummy! My husband loved it too. Definitely going to be in our whole 30 recipe rotation!!! So good!

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      So happy to hear that you all loved it!

  6. Sherri says:

    Absolutely delicious. A new family favorite!

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      So happy to hear you love this recipe. Thank you!

  7. Janine says:

    This recipe is super easy and most importantly delicious! Thank you for helping me survive my whole 30!

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      Thank you! So happy to help.

  8. Kimberly says:

    These were SO good! Had it on top of salad too. Yum!

  9. Stephanie Cowser says:

    Absolutely delicious! Cannot wait time make them again!

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      Thanks Stephanie for letting me know your thoughts on the Beef Lettuce Wraps. Aren’t they so easy full of flavor?? Blessings your way:-)

  10. Amy Duncan says:

    These things are amazing—super easy to make and tastes so fresh!

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      Easy…..PEEZY is my goal. Thanks Amy for the kind review. Blessings your way;-)

  11. Courtney says:

    My family loves these! We’ve eaten them every other week since first trying them! Even my 3 year old gobbles then up!

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      This is so wonderful to hear Courtney. When our picky little ones lean towards a healthy recipe to gobble it up, well…….that’s my goal. Thank you for your kind review;-)

  12. Kelsey says:

    These Asian lettuce wraps were amazing! As I am trying to eat healthier finding meals that both myself and my boyfriend like can be challenging at times. I ended up using romaine lettuce instead of butter lettuce since I had some in the fridge. It worked but definitely making these again and using butter lettuce instead. Highly recommend!

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      Girl I know right?????? Use what is in that FRIG! I am the queen of making it work with what I have. Now you have another boyfriend recipe to add with the Asian meatball recipe. So fun to know I’m helping you build your recipe box with things you both love;-)

  13. Jessica says:

    I lived off of lettuce wraps during my first Whole30, but these are next level! One thing I miss most during Whole30 is crunch – bread, chips, etc. This recipe gives the perfect amount of crunch and flavor! Definitely adding to my regular rotation of meals. Highly recommend for moms on the go as this always leaves me with leftovers for next day lunch! Yum!!

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      Yay……So glad to hear this Jessica. There is something about that CRUNCH…..when it’s not there, you miss it. So glad this adds that missing texture. Thanks for sharing!!

  14. Alex Thompson says:

    Love how easy this dish comes together!! It was so delish, my almost 1 year old absolutely loved it also! Can’t wait to add this to our rotation again and again!!

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      Easy is my game!!!! Love that you liked the Asian Beef Wraps enough to add to a rotation. Thanks Alex for your input!!

  15. Lauren says:

    This turned out SOOOOO good! I had to use romaine lettuce instead of butter lettuce because that’s all I had but it was literally so delicious. And easy and fast!!

  16. Hannah says:

    Delicious and guilt free dinner! My whole family loved it! This is going to be a staple in our house from now on!

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      Love that the recipe made the family favorite lists. Thanks for your kind words of support!

  17. M Wolff says:

    Another family favorite!

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      Thank you so much!

  18. elisa says:

    This was delicious and super easy

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      Thank you Elisa

  19. Hannah says:

    Easy to make and delicious!

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      So happy you loved it. Easy is always great

  20. Monica says:

    What a fantastic recipe! Husband approved. We just started our keto journey and this a great addition to our repertoire.

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      Thank you so much. So happy to hear it is a hit

  21. Linda Turner says:

    Oh My giddy aunt! This was my favorite yet! Everyone loved it so much. I added a package of garlic roasted cauliflower rice and upped the sauce by half again and it was so perfect. I’ve made your Chicken/rotel/spaghetti squash recipe and we loved it too! Thanks for the great dinners!

  22. Kathryn says:

    This was delicious. I didn’t have butter lettuce, water chestnuts or cashews, so I stir-fried some pine nuts and cauliflower rice and layered all of it over a handful of baby spinach. Wonderful one-bowl meal. I’m tracking calories and would love it if you’d include caloric and nutritional info with your recipes!

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      Thank you so much. Yes, this is a big job and we are currently working on getting nutrition facts for all of my recipes. It’s just not something that can be done over night. It’s for sure going to take time, but we are working to have all nutrition facts for all my recipes by the end of 2021.

  23. Ashley says:

    Do you have the macros for this recipe?!

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      I do not. We will have all nutrition facts for all of my recipes by the end of the year.

  24. Monica says:

    It was delicious! Kids loves it. Using leftovers for their lunchbox tomorrow !

  25. Sheri says:

    Winner, winner, lettuce wrap dinner! Bonus that it is quick and easy. I used jicama in place of water chestnuts and topped with cilantro, shredded carrots and Sambal Oelek chili paste. So, darn good!
    Will be making this again. Thanks Ashley!


 

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Welcome to Healthy Little Peach. I’m Mac, the lady behind the recipes. I believe in living a healthy lifestyle that consists of a mix of healthy whole foods, and full-fat comfort meals. Life is too short not to enjoy good food while maintaining a healthy body and mind. Here you will find gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, keto, and even full-fat comfort recipes. Let’s have fun in the kitchen together!

About Me

Welcome to Healthy Little Peach. I’m Mac, the lady behind the recipes. I believe in living a healthy lifestyle that consists of a mix of healthy whole foods, and full-fat comfort meals. Life is too short not to enjoy good food while maintaining a healthy body and mind. Here you will find gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, keto, and even full-fat comfort recipes. Let’s have fun in the kitchen together!