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Thai Basil Beef

Posted: October 29

Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

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We can't get over how much we love the sauce for Thai Basil Beef! It's deeply savory and smoky-sweet, with a citrus tang and just the right amount of spice. Combined with aromatic basil and garlic flavors, this sauce isn't just a coating for perfectly browned beef—it's practically a tuxedo! Thai Basil Beef takes less than half an hour to make, but you'll savor every minute it's on your plate.


For the beef:
2 tablespoons olive oil or vegetable oil
1 pound ground beef
1 bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 sweet onion, thinly sliced
6 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup loosely-packed, fresh basil leaves
For the sauce:
1 tablespoon chili paste
2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
For serving:
cooked rice, optional
fresh basil leaves, optional
cilantro, optional


Step 1

Over medium-high heat, heat the oil in a large pan or skillet.

Step 2

Add the ground beef and stir, with your choice of a spoon, until broken apart and browned.

Step 3

Add the bell pepper and sweet onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.

Step 4

Add the garlic cloves, cooking until fragrant, about 1 to 2 minutes.

Step 5

To prepare the sauce, using a separate bowl, mix the chili paste, soy sauce, fish sauce, brown sugar, and lime juice until fully incorporated.

Step 6

Then add the sauce into the pan with the beef, pepper, and onion.

Step 7

Add the cup of fresh basil and cook until the basil wilts, about 3 minutes.

Step 8

Ladle the fully sauced beef onto your cooked rice, if desired.

Step 9

Garnish with basil and cilantro to taste.

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