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Thai Beef with Basil Lettuce Wraps
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 35 mins

Thai Beef Lettuce Wraps. Thai Beef with Basil Lettuce Wraps. Paleo, Clean Ingredients

Course: Mains
Cuisine: Thai
Keyword: Thai Beef Lettuce Wraps
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 412 kcal
Author: Alyssa Brantley
5 from 2 votes
  • 2 tablespoons high heat oil I used avocado oil, divided
  • 4 scallions thinly sliced (both white and green)
  • 1 red chile thinly sliced (see NOTES on heat), divided
  • 4 cups fresh basil leaves cut into chiffonade and divided
  • 3 medium or 6 small carrots, peeled and julienned
  • 4 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 6 to 8 medium cloves garlic thinly sliced
  • 5 ounce can sliced peeled water chestnuts, chopped
  • 1 3/4 pounds pastured ground beef
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt plus a pinch for carrot slaw
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons fermented soy sauce or Coconut Aminos
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fish sauce see NOTES
  • 1/2 tablespoon coconut palm sugar
  • lettuce Leaves for serving see NOTES for recommendations on lettuce
To Prepare:
  1. Thinly slice scallions (both white and green).

  2. Thinly slice red chile. Clean basil leaves and place into a single stack. Roll and then thinly slice (chiffonade). Clean carrots, peel and julienne. Squeeze lime juice into a small dish. 

  3. Peel and thinly slice garlic.

  4. Drain and rinse water chestnuts and roughly chop.

  5. In a small bowl, mix together coconut aminos, fish sauce and palm sugar until sugar is mostly dissolved.

To Make The Carrot Slaw:
  1. Combine scallions, half of red chile, 2 cups of basil, carrots, lime juice, 1 Tablespoon of oil and a pinch of salt in a bowl. Toss until well coated and refrigerate until ready to serve.

To Cook:
  1. Heat a large frying pan or wok over medium high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of oil. Once hot, add all of the sliced garlic and half of the sliced red chile. Cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly.

  2. Add chopped water chestnuts, continue cooking and continuously stirring for 30 more seconds.

  3. Now add ground beef, kosher salt and black pepper. Cook 8 to 10 minutes, until beef is cooked through and no pink is visible.

  4. Drain beef through a fine mesh colander and return to pan. Continue cooking for 4 to 5 minutes over high heat to try and brown some of the meat and let it crisp up a bit.

  5. Add 2 cups of the basil leaves and the fish sauce dressing, cook for 1 minute, stirring, until wilted and fragrant.

  6. Remove from heat, place in a serving dish and serve with the carrot slaw and crisp lettuce cups. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Thai Beef with Basil Lettuce Wraps
Amount Per Serving
Calories 412 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Fat 31g48%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 93mg31%
Sodium 1449mg63%
Potassium 519mg15%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 995IU20%
Vitamin C 18.5mg22%
Calcium 60mg6%
Iron 3.7mg21%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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