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Family Style Asian Beef

If you already know me, you would know that I love quick, easy and economical meals. I created this version to use lean ground beef instead of steak, a much more affordable option.This is done in the time it takes to cook the rice and a side dish of stir fried veggies. Voila supper on the table and everybody's happy. Thai sweet chili sauce has become my new ketchup, I love it on almost everything.
  • 1- 1/2 lean ground beef
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 pepper, I used a half of two colors making one pepper, chopped
  • 2 cups of mushrooms, sliced (I did not have any this time)
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon of chili flakes (optional)
  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup Thai sweet chili sauce
  1. Brown the beef well with the cloves of minced garlic and drain any excess fat. 
  2. Add the ginger with the sesame oil and chili flakes if you are using them.
  3. Add the soy sauce, brown sugar and sweet chili sauce.
  4. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Top with sliced the stir fried onion mushrooms and peppers that have been cooked separately. Add green onions or parsley for color.
  6. Serve over rice and your favorite stir fried vegetables.


  1. I like the idea of using ground beef instead of slices of meat. I want to try this recipe.

  2. Any chance of adding a "Pin-it" button to your website?
    Love your recipes and have been pinning them using a browser "Pin-it" button. But for some reason, it's no longer working on my browser. Until tech support gets it fixed, I can't pin your recipes - and I love them!

  3. Ditto Darlene's comment! :o)

  4. Wonderful Charlotte - this looks so good.
    About the pin it button - mine is on my toolbar and I can pin using it.

  5. Charlotte..that looks great...

  6. I can't pin them neither, sure would like to as I have a board strictly for Mennonite Girls Can Cook.

  7. It seems that our "pin-it" buttons were out of order for a while. I have one on my browser, but it would NOT work. It started working again yesterday afternoon. But a "Pin-it" button on site would still be a great addition. And it's a free app.

    And I'm thinking I'm making this for dinner tonight!

  8. I just made this tonight. I had extra yellow onions, green, orange and red peppers, and used some bottled garlic/chili/ginger paste I had on hand, as I had no fresh ginger. My measurements were a bit imprecise - but tastes great! It will make super lunches this week over a bed of rice! Spicy, sweet and savory (umami)...the holy trinity of Asian cooking!

  9. Hi, does anyone have a suggestion for a substitute for the Thai Sweet Chili sauce?
    I plan to try this as well. I really like that it is so econimical using ground beef!

    1. Hoisin, Sweet and Sour sauce, Teriyaki. There are a number of choices of prepared sauces, just substitute the one you enjoy eating.


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