Beef Lettuce Cups

2 pounds ground beef (90% lean)
1 yellow onion, diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tablespoon ginger, grated
1 medium carrot, diced
5 oz white mushrooms, diced
8 oz canned water chestnuts, drained, diced
15 oz canned baby corn, drained, chopped
1.5 Tablespoon dark soy sauce
1 Tablespoon Chinese black vinegar
2 Tablespoon hoisin sauce
1 Tablespoon cornstarch
1 head iceberg lettuce or butter lettuce
1 Tablespoon sesame seeds
salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat a large nonstick skillet or wok over HIGH heat until hot. Add Ground Beef cooking 8 to 10 minutes, breaking into ¾-inch crumbles, and stirring occasionally. Use a slotted spoon to remove Ground Beef from the pan, leaving the fat drippings behind.
  2. Add onions, garlic, and ginger to the pan. Cook, stirring frequently until the onions are starting to brown on the edges.
  3. Add in the carrot and mushrooms and cook for 2 minutes, stirring regularly.
  4. In a small bowl, dissolve the cornstarch in enough cold water to cover it (about 1 Tablespoon) and whisk together until it thickens. Add the soy, vinegar, and hoisin sauce. Add the cornstarch slurry to the beef mixture. Cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently until the mixture thickens.
  5. Then, add the beef back into the pan.
  6. Add the water chestnuts, baby corn. Stir and cook for another 2 minutes.
  7. Prepare the iceberg lettuce cups by slicing down on either side of the stem, then carefully separating out the cups by hand. Lettuce cups can be one or two layers thick based on your preference.
  8. Spoon the ground beef mixture into the lettuce cups and sprinkle with sesame seeds as desired. Serve immediately.

Nutrition information per serving: 360 Calories; 95 Calories from fat; 10.6 g Total Fat (3.9 g Saturated Fat; 4.2 g Monounsaturated Fat); 69.8 mg Cholesterol; 847.7 mg Sodium; 34.4 g Total Carbohydrate; 7.4 g Dietary Fiber; 36 g Protein; 4.8 mg Iron; 692.7 mg Potassium; 0.1 mg Thiamin; 0.2 mg Riboflavin; 8.9 mg Niacin (NE); 0.6 mg Vitamin B6; 2.2 mcg Vitamin B12; 6.1 mg Zinc; 17.7 mcg Selenium; 103.6 mg Choline.

*Nutrition facts based on 90% lean ground beef

Recipe found on courtesy of Jess Pryles

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s