Spicy Thai Basil Beef


  • 3 T fish sauce
  • 1 T soy sauce
  • 1 t lime juice
  • 1 T brown sugar
  • 1 T cooking oil (canola works fine)
  • 2 large cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1-2 Thai chilies, finely chopped (jalapeños or serranos will work as well)
  • 1 lb ground sirloin
  • 1/2 lb fresh green beans (cut into 1″ pieces)
  • 1/2 c red bell pepper strips
  • 1 c Thai or sweet basil (loosely packed)
  • 2 c cooked rice


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the fish sauce, soy sauce, lime juice and brown sugar. Set aside. Heat the oil in a large skillet or wok and add the garlic.  Cook over medium high heat for about a few seconds, then add the chilies and cook for about a minute or so.
  2. Add the ground beef to the garlic & chilies.  Break up the meat with your spoon as it cooks, taking care to brown completely. Once browned, add the green beans and bell pepper strips, and cook for about 2-3 minutes, until tender. Add the sauce and mix until completely incorporated. Cook for about 30-60 seconds and remove from heat.  Finally, add the basil and mix well.
  3. Serve over cooked brown or white rice. Garnish with a couple extra sprigs of basil and some lime wedges if you like, and enjoy!


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