Does dinner in 20 minutes sound good? Then this Ground Beef Stir Fry recipe is a jackpot for you!
Packed with hearty ground beef, an assortment of colorful veggies, and a stir fry sauce that’s an umami lover’s dream, this may be the easiest dinner you’ve ever cooked.
So grab a wok, and get ready to whip up a super flavorful dinner in a flash!
Raise your hand if you love a good stir fry! They’re so easy, and so delicious.
But when you add ground meat into the mix, they become even quicker. Our Ground Turkey Stir Fry, Mongolian Ground Beef, Korean Ground Chicken, and Thai Basil Chicken are some of the fastest meals on GypsyPlate.
This time we’re going with a Chinese theme, and adding plenty of veggie power for a super nutritious meal.
You’ll LOVE This Ground Beef Stir Fry, Because it’s…
- Effortless: This recipe is not only easy to follow, but it’s also quick to prepare. Ideal for those busy weeknights when you want a satisfying meal without spending hours in the kitchen.
- Packed with Flavors: The combination of ground beef, fresh vegetables, and savory sauce creates a symphony of flavors that the whole family will love.
- Highly Adaptable: Whether you’re a fan of spicy food, prefer it mild, or have dietary restrictions, this recipe can be adjusted to suit your taste and needs.
- Nutrient-Dense: With lean ground beef and an array of vegetables, this stir fry is full of protein, vitamins, and minerals.
- Comfort Food: Despite its health benefits, this ground beef stir fry feels like comfort food. It’s the perfect dish to unwind with after a long day.
- Great for Leftovers: The flavors of this stir fry deepen with time, making leftovers even tastier. It’s the dish that keeps on giving.
Ingredients for Ground Beef Stir Fry
This stir fry is one of the most versatile Asian ground beef recipes you’ll ever find. We’ll give you a bunch of variations later in the post. Here’s what we used today:
- Ground beef – We prefer 85/15 ground beef. It enough fat to stay tender, but not so much to make the stir fry greasy.
- Veggies – Mushrooms, green beans, broccoli, red bell pepper, carrot, onion.
- Aromatics – Garlic and ginger.
- Stir fry sauce – Soy sauce, hoisin sauce, oyster sauce, rice vinegar, honey, red chili flakes.
Easy Ground Beef Stir Fry Recipe
Heat oil in a wok or large skillet over medium high heat. Add the ground beef and cook till it is browned, breaking it up as you go along. Add the ginger and garlic and cook for a minute or two. Remove to a plate.
Add some more oil (if needed) to the pan. Add vegetables and cook to your preferred doneness (we like to keep them pretty fresh and crisp).
Add back in the beef, along with the sauce, and mix till everything is well combined. Cook for a couple of minutes, then serve over fresh rice.
You can easily make this stir fry your own, as it’s super versatile. Here are some of our favorite ways to change things up:
- Make it Spicy: Add your favorite Asian chili sauces like sriracha, gochujang, or our easy Chili Oil.
- Thai-inspired Ground Beef Stir Fry: Use Thai flavors like fish sauce, lime juice, and basil. You could even add some chopped peanuts for extra texture.
- Teriyaki Ground Beef Stir Fry: Swap out your usual stir fry sauce for teriyaki sauce. Add some pineapple chunks for a sweet twist.
- Add Some Egg into the Mix: Either scramble them right into the stir fry, or top the finished dish with fried eggs.
- Play with Your Veggies: Other vegetables that go great here are bok choy, snow peas, baby corn, and water chestnuts.
- Add a Splash of Sesame Oil: This gives a distinctive nutty flavor to the dish.
- Make it a Noodle Stir Fry: Cook some udon or rice noodles separately, and toss them in at the end for a beef and noodle stir fry.
Recipe Notes and Tips
This is one of those recipes that are kind of hard to screw up. That being said, here are a few tips to help everything go as smooth as possible.
- Preparation is Key: Stir frying is a quick process, so make sure all your ingredients are prepped and ready to go before you start cooking.
- Cook in Batches: If you’re making a large amount of stir fry, cook the ground beef in batches to avoid overcrowding the pan, which can result in steaming instead of frying.
- Cut Veggies Uniformly: Make sure to cut your veggies into equal-sized pieces for even cooking.
- Hot and Fast: Stir frying is done on high heat, and it’s a quick process. Keep your ingredients moving in the pan to avoid burning.
- Use the Right Pan: While a wok is traditional, a large, flat-bottomed skillet can also work if you don’t have a wok. Make sure it’s big enough to hold all your ingredients without spilling over.
Leftovers and Storage
Ground beef stir fry is a perfect make ahead meal. We like to make an extra large batch, then have ready-to-heat lunches for days.
Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for 4-5 days. Reheat in the microwave, or on stovetop. If needed, add a splash of water when reheating.
It also freezes quite well for up to 2 months. For best results, store in freezer safe zip top bags, squeezing out as much air as possible before sealing.
Delicious and nutritious dinner on the table in no time at all, just the way we like it! This Ground Beef Stir Fry is your new busy weeknight hero.
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Ground Beef Stir Fry, on our Gypsy Plate… enjoy!
- 2 Tbsp cooking oil, divided
- 1 pound ground beef
- 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 1 Tbsp ginger, finely chopped
- 5 mushrooms, sliced
- 1 cup green beans
- 1 cup broccoli florets
- 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
- 1/4 onion, diced
- 3 Tbsp soy sauce
- 1 Tbsp hoisin sauce
- 1 Tbsp oyster sauce
- 1/2 Tbsp honey
- 1 tsp rice vinegar
- 1/2 tsp red chili flakes
- Heat 1 Tbsp oil in a wok or large skillet over medium high heat. Add the ground beef and cook till it is browned, breaking it up as you go along. Add the ginger and garlic and cook for a minute or two. Remove to a plate.
- Add remaining oil (if needed) to the pan. Add vegetables and cook to your preferred doneness (we like to keep them pretty fresh and crisp).
- Mix together soy sauce, hoisin sauce, oyster sauce, honey, rice vinegar, and red chili flakes in a bowl to create the sauce.
- Add back in the beef, along with the sauce, and mix till everything is well combined. Cook for a couple of minutes.
- Serve immediately with fresh rice.
Nutrition InformationYield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 438Total Fat 27gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 16gCholesterol 101mgSodium 968mgCarbohydrates 14gFiber 3gSugar 6gProtein 34g
Nutrition information calculated by Nutritionix.
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