A super flavorful, restaurant style dish that takes just 20 minutes to make. This Thai Basil Beef features lean ground beef sautéed with fresh veggies covered in a sticky and delicious sweet chili sauce.
About this Dish
Save some money and skip takeout when you can make your favorite restaurant meal right at home. This Thai Basil Beef will remind you of that dish you like to grab at the Thai restaurant down the street.
Thai food uses copious amounts of basil and this dish is no exception. Ground beef with sautéed veggies in a sweet chili sauce with plenty of fresh basil mixed throughout.
It’s sweet, it’s spicy, it’s salty, it’s flavorful, and it takes just 20 minutes to make. It’s everything you want in a delicious weeknight meal. Serve over a bed of rice, in lettuce wraps, over udon or rice noodles. Whatever you choose, you’re going to love it!
And if you're looking for more takeout style recipes, try these Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps or this Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry that I'm sure you'll love, too.
Ingredients for Thai Basil Beef
- Lean Ground Beef - I used 96% lean. Down to 92% lean will work, but any lower will result in excessive grease in your pan.
- Veggies - We’ll use bell pepper, onions, and carrots. These will get soft when cooked down with the grease from the beef.
- Basil - Helpful tip! Lay your basil leaves on top of one another. Then roll them tightly into a small log. Slice the log and you’ll get thin strips quickly and easily.
Ingredients for the Thai Beef sauce
- Sweet Chili Sauce - The base of our sauce that we’ll jazz up with a few other ingredients.
- Lime - Citrus livens up our sauce.
- Soy Sauce - Brings an appropriate amount of saltiness to the dish.
- Sriracha - To emphasize the chili flavor
See the recipe card below for a full list of ingredients and measurements.
How to Make This Recipe
1. Heat a skillet to medium heat. Add ground beef, sliced onion, sliced red pepper, and diced carrots to the skillet.
2. While the beef cooks, make the Thai sauce. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients: sweet chili sauce, juiced lime, soy sauce, honey and sriracha. Once the meat looks close to fully cooked, pour the sauce over the skillet. Fold together.
3. Top the skillet with fresh basil and stir. Add desired amount of red pepper flakes and green onion for garnish.
4. Serve over a bed of rice, in lettuce wraps, with steamed broccoli, or over udon noodles. Enjoy!
I love this for meal prep. It’s so easy to pair with rice and broccoli. I make it in a big batch and then store it in airtight containers. Best in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.
Gluten Free? Use liquid aminos instead of soy sauce.
Dairy Free? Check! You’re already there.
Vegetarian? Swap the meat for crumbled tofu or tempeh. Speaking of meat, you don’t have to stick to ground beef. Try chicken, turkey, or steak tips instead of ground meat.
Traditionally in this dish, Holy Basil is used, which almost has a slightly cinnamon/licorice flavor. If you have an Asian grocery store near you and can get your hands on it, by all means use it! However, ‘regular’ Italian basil will work just fine and provide plenty of flavor.
I served over rice with steamed broccoli. If you have extra sauce, pour that on the broccoli too! You could also serve in lettuce wraps, over udon or rice noodles, or as stuffing to dumplings.
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Thai Basil Beef
- Cutting Board
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Meat spatula
- 1 lbs ground beef, 92-96% lean
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- ½ red bell pepper
- 1 small white onion
- ½ cup diced carrots
- 8-10 stalks fresh basil
For the sauce:
- ¼ cup sweet chili sauce
- 1 lime, juice
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 tsp sriracha
- white rice
- steamed broccoli
- Prep the vegetables first. Finely slice the onion into rings and the bell pepper into long strips. Use a vegetable chopper to dice the carrots (note: you can also use pre shredded carrots if you wish). Julianne the basil so it’s in thin, long pieces.
- Heat a skillet to medium heat. Add ground beef, onion, red pepper, and carrots to the skillet.
- While the beef cooks, make the Thai sauce. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients: sweet chili sauce, juiced lime, soy sauce, honey and sriracha.
- Once the meat looks close to fully cooked, pour the sauce over the skillet. Fold together.
- Top the skillet with fresh basil and stir. Add desired amount of red pepper flakes and green onion for garnish.
- Serve over a bed of rice, in lettuce wraps, with steamed broccoli, or over udon noodles. Enjoy!
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Courtney Paige says
I made this for my sister and I for dinner and we loved it! She even texted me the next morning saying it's good cold - LOL. Highly recommend!
Sydney Van Acker says
A delicious way to use up ground beef that isn't tacos or hamburgers! Love this recipe and the simplicity of it
Katrina McLean says
Such an easy and quick recipe to make that’s nutrient filled! Very good flavor and easy to pair with different things!
What a great recipe. Simple ingredients, packed with flavor. I have made this 3 times now