Thai Beef Lettuce Cups

by Marla on February 25, 2013 · 54 comments

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Are you ready for some fun today? I sure am. Not only am I volunteering for my sons Ski PE class. Yes, you heard me right. SKI PE. Yet another bonus to living in the snowy peaks of Telluride. The kiddos have ski class with their pals one day a week. This dish is for dinner after such a grueling day…

I like to dabble in a little of this and that when it comes to ethnic flavors. Here I play with one of my favorites Thai Red Curry Paste.

These Thai Beef Lettuce Cups (or wraps, if you will) will knock your socks off. For lunch, dinner, winter, spring, summer or fall.

Thai Beef Lettuce Wraps Recipe | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Due to the hot cold nature of these they are perfect for any season. All times of the year.

Thai Beef Lettuce Wraps Recipe | FamilyFreshCooking.com

As you know by now I take like to take tradition and turn it upside down and sideways.

Thai Beef Lettuce Wraps Recipe | FamilyFreshCooking.com

How are my Thai Lettuce Cups a little different?

I roasted my favorite roasted rainbow carrots and sweet potato combo, diced ‘em real small and tossed them in the mix.

Thai Beef Lettuce Wraps Recipe | FamilyFreshCooking.com

There is something about eating with your hands that is so very fabulous. Wrapping this filling in butter lettuce leaf keeps things light, grain free and primal.

Pick up the extra pieces with a fork or chop sticks. Or your fingers. Don’t be shy.

Thai Beef Lettuce Wraps Recipe | FamilyFreshCooking.com

For Paleo folks ~ there are homemade Thai Curry Paste recipes out there. Should you wanna go that route. I am good to go with the jar ‘o paste.

Do you ever use Thai Red Curry Paste? How about Fish Sauce? Both add unique flavor to your savory dishes. I suggest that you have both on hand at all times. There are many evenings when I can’t quite figure out how to liven up a meal and voila! I spy these two jars and my mind is made up.

Thai Beef Lettuce Wraps Recipe | FamilyFreshCooking.com

You know how they say that love can be found at a first glance? That is how it is each time I rediscover these 2 ingredients.

Though fish sauce is not somethin’ you want to get too lovey dovey with. It is veeerrrryyyy pungent.

I used lean ground black angus beef in these lettuce cups. If I had bison or elk on hand those would have been perfect too. If you don’t have that, then ground turkey, lamb, chicken or a vegan meatless option would be great too.

Thai Beef Lettuce Wraps Recipe | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Don’t forget the Sriracha sauce….that’s another condiment you need to have at the ready. Oh the flavor and spice!

If you have a version of this recipe feel free to add it in your comments.

Thai Beef Lettuce Cups

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 4-6 servings

Thai Beef Lettuce Cups

Ingredients

  • 1 Sweet Potato, slice into pieces like the photo
  • 1 bunch Rainbow Carrots, sliced
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Garlic Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds Lean Ground Beef
  • 2 diced Garlic Cloves
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 tablespoon Thai Red Curry Paste
  • 1 tablespoon Tamari or Soy Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Fish Sauce
  • 1/4 cup Scallions (Green Onion) sliced small
  • 6 ounces White Mushrooms, diced very small
  • Butter Lettuce, clean and dry leaves
  • Garnish
  • Sliced Scallions
  • Sriracha

Method

  • Preheat oven to 375 F with the rack in the middle. Prepare a cookie sheet with parchment or a Silpat liner. Slice sweet potatoes and carrots into bite size pieces. Toss with some olive oil. cinnamon, garlic salt and black pepper. Spread in a single layer on the cookie sheet. Roast for about 35 to 40 minutes until soft and slightly browned. When cool enough to handle slice into very small pieces.
  • In a large saute pan brown beef and garlic over medium high heat. As meat cooks add Thai red curry paste, tamari and fish sauce, Add mushrooms and scallion for the last few minutes of cook time. Add 1 cup roasted sweet potatoes and carrots and carefully fold in to blend with the beef.
  • To Serve
  • Plate Thai meat mixture on top of butter lettuce leaves. Top with diced scallions and Sriracha.
  • Notes
  • I used lean (93%) Black Angus ground beef in these. Use any ground beef, lamb. turkey, chicken or vegan option.
  • Adjust all spices to taste.
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1 Liz @ The Lemon Bowl February 25, 2013 at 4:54 am

I could eat these every single day!! We eat some version of lettuce cups all the time, too. BTW I have rainbow carrot envy!!

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2 Marla February 25, 2013 at 5:01 am

Ha Liz, I have been noticing many folks have that same rainbow carrot envy. Not sure why they are so easy to find here ~ can’t source many things!

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3 Aimee @ Simple Bites February 25, 2013 at 5:15 am

I’d sign up for that PE class. You’re making me miss my days of growing up in a small BC ski town! Love that you are giving your children the same experience.

This is the perfect dinner for maximum energy without feeling weighed down. Love the addition of sweet potato.

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4 Averie @ Averie Cooks February 25, 2013 at 5:18 am

I love butter lettuce but those roasted rainbow carrots and sweet potato are just glorious! That baking tray full of them is just beautiful! love the image, and the flavors…and the overall lettuce cups are wonderful!

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5 Rosa February 25, 2013 at 5:27 am

That looks and sounds great! I love that pretty cup of yours…

Cheers,

Rosa

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6 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective February 25, 2013 at 6:01 am

Oh girl, this is my kind of meal. We eat paleo most of the time–except for when I’m blog baking. ;)

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7 Rachel @ Baked by Rachel February 25, 2013 at 6:25 am

I love how fresh and simple this is! I need to get on board with lettuce cups. :)

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8 Gerry @ Foodness Gracious February 25, 2013 at 6:27 am

What! Ski P.E…that is so cool! As are these lettuce cups, I could easily eat multiple rounds of these :)

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9 Kevin @ Closet Cooking February 25, 2013 at 6:34 am

So healthy and tasty!

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10 Michelle @ Eat Move Balance February 25, 2013 at 6:38 am

I LOVE lettuce wraps (cups). It’s such a nice change . . . the added crunch and refreshing aspect of the lettuce is so tasty! This recipe in particular looks great, with the roasted veggies and curry. Yum!

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11 Bev @ Bev Cooks February 25, 2013 at 7:37 am

I almost can’t even take this.

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12 Julie @ Table for Two February 25, 2013 at 7:40 am

Sign me up!! These look so good! I love the twist on these from the regular lettuce cups :) delish!

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13 Heather (Heather's Dish) February 25, 2013 at 7:48 am

So in love with these…and pretty much all things Thai!

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14 Oliver Denton February 25, 2013 at 7:51 am

I have been looking of ways to get the bread out of my sandwiches lately, this might be the answer! Although I’m not sure how many lettuce leaves I’d need to eat before they filled me up…

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15 HeatherChristo February 25, 2013 at 7:51 am

these look completely delicious. Like I am making them TONIGHT.

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16 Megan {Country Cleaver} February 25, 2013 at 7:59 am

1) I can’t get over Ski PE. I’m so jealous and feel like my childhood was somehow lacking. Even if I never learned how to ski ever. 2) There are no words – I just want this whole plate to myself.

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17 Kate@Diethood February 25, 2013 at 8:13 am

These wraps are beautiful! I’ll take the entire plate please. And your photography skills!! :-D

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18 naomi February 25, 2013 at 8:22 am

so flavorful, marla! and totally my kind of food.

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19 bridget {bake at 350} February 25, 2013 at 8:37 am

Oh, these look just scrumptious!

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20 Jenny Flake February 25, 2013 at 8:38 am

Love this dish Marla! Colorful and amazing!

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21 Reem | Simply Reem February 25, 2013 at 9:25 am

Absolutely Yum!
I can eat this everyday every meal… I love thai flavors…
Looks beautiful…
B/W I am loving these rainbow carrots… Gorgeous Colors

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22 Marian (Sweetopia) February 25, 2013 at 10:36 am

Looks absolutely delicious! I love the fact that it’s a meal without carbs!

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23 Laura (Tutti Dolci) February 25, 2013 at 10:38 am

I’ve never met a lettuce cup I didn’t love!

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24 Carla @ Carlas Confections February 25, 2013 at 10:42 am

I wish it was lunch time. And that I had fish sauce. And sriracha, and… But seriously, these looks amazing!

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25 Brenda@SugarFreeMom February 25, 2013 at 10:58 am

Beautiful pictures and the recipe sounds amazing! Thank you so much for linking mine as well among so many other delicious choices! You rock Marla!

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26 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts February 25, 2013 at 11:36 am

I love lettuce cups, and this Thai version sounds incredible! Thai is one of my favorite cuisines! We are far enough away from the mountains in Fort Collins, that we don’t have ski pe here, but I have a friend in Alma, CO; and they have ski Fridays at Breckenridge. Such a great experience for the kids

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27 Antonia @ Health Inspirations February 25, 2013 at 11:59 am

Your son’s so lucky! I’d love to come home to this after a day on the slopes. Can’t wait to give it a go. Looks like a perfect weeknight dinner :)

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28 wholesome kids February 25, 2013 at 12:35 pm

Great idea with the sweet potato and carrots!

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29 Marina {YummyMummyKitchen.com} February 25, 2013 at 1:39 pm

I am obsessed with lettuce cups. And also with your lighting here – just gorgeous!

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30 Ari @ Ari's Menu February 25, 2013 at 2:23 pm

First of all, these photos are beeeaaauuuutiful! So vibrant and colorful. And these lettuce wraps look amazing–I love that you added sweet potatoes!

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31 Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet February 25, 2013 at 2:44 pm

This dish sounds amazing, Marla! My kids always think lettuce wraps are fun so I can’t wait to give these a try!

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32 Meg February 25, 2013 at 3:16 pm

These look Yum! Have you considered adding a “save” to ziplist button on your recipes? It’s so convenient. Thanks!

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33 Maria February 25, 2013 at 5:44 pm

Such a pretty meal!

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34 Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet February 25, 2013 at 5:46 pm

This recipe looks AHHHHHMAZING. Love the entire thing! And the Ski PE class. :)

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35 Andrea DiGeronimo February 25, 2013 at 6:19 pm

Oh so beautiful and delicious looking! Yum!

xo,
Andea

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36 Jordyn February 25, 2013 at 6:50 pm

LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. What a fun twist. I just ate lunch and am really regretting not seeing this beforehand. Absolutely gorgeous photos!

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37 Erika @ The Hopeless Housewife February 25, 2013 at 7:44 pm

Such a beautiful meal!

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38 Cate February 25, 2013 at 9:52 pm

Love the addition of the roasted carrots and sweet potatoes! So fun and colorful!

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39 Caroline @ chocolate & carrots February 26, 2013 at 6:50 am

What a perfect meal! I’m going to have to whip these up for my family. :)

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40 Jackie @ Domestic Fits February 26, 2013 at 9:42 am

Ski PE? That’s amazing, the coolest thing I ever did for PE was bowling.
And I am so pinning these lettuce cups.

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41 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com February 26, 2013 at 5:24 pm

We love ordering lettuce cups if we chance upon it in any menu. Yummy :)

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42 Kathy Steger @FoodWineThyme February 26, 2013 at 7:14 pm

Your pictures are always amazing.

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43 Marla February 27, 2013 at 2:53 am

Thank you Kathy!

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44 zerrin February 27, 2013 at 1:32 pm

Marla these are fantastic looking lettuce cups! We generally have bulgur with lettuce just in this way in Turkish cuisine but never had beef in it! Definitely refreshing and fun to make and eat!

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45 Jeanette February 28, 2013 at 2:06 pm

These sound fantastic Marla! I love Thai red curry paste and fish sauce – two of my favorite ingredients! So glad to hear you’re enjoying your new home and fun activities!

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46 Tammy February 28, 2013 at 5:54 pm

I made these tonight. I substituted ground chicken for the beef and substituted hoisin sauce for the fish sauce and it was one of the best things I have ever made. Hard to stop eating!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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47 Marla March 1, 2013 at 3:07 am

Tammy,you just made my day!! So glad you all enjoyed :)

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48 Aiyana April 16, 2013 at 10:12 pm

These are surprisingly yummy and filling! Smear some more sriracha on each bite though because I love some spice!

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49 Anna July 22, 2013 at 2:02 pm

Wanted a quicker version of these, so grated a carrot and quickly sauteed in olive oil, cinnamon, pepper and garlic and added a small white onion. Set that aside then cooked up the meat and followed directions from there, super quick dinner and great flavors!! Healthy too – love it!

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50 Marla July 23, 2013 at 5:43 am

Great idea Anna ~ and the perfect way to speed it up! I shall try :)

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51 Chris September 3, 2013 at 5:37 pm

Just lovely. Next time I think I will double the liquid though.

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52 Linda Ryan March 9, 2014 at 11:40 am

Love this recipe!

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53 michele b. March 11, 2014 at 7:18 pm

Yum…what great flavors! Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe!

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