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Round plate with four butter lettuce pieces topped with the ground beef mixture
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Beef Lettuce Wraps

These tasty beef lettuce wraps are simple to make and ready to serve in less than 10 minutes. Loaded with flavor, they are a great appetizer!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Asian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 234kcal
Author Yumna Jawad


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion minced
  • 8- ounce can water chestnuts drained and minced

For the Sauce

  • 3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter
  • 2 garlic cloves grated
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger

To Serve

  • Green onions thinly sliced
  • Crushed peanuts
  • Butter lettuce or bib lettuce or iceberg lettuce


  • In a small bowl, add the sauce ingredients, and whisk until well combined.
  • Heat the oil on medium heat in a medium size frying pan. Add the ground beef and the onions and cook until the beef is browned and the onions are translucent, about 5-7 minutes.
  • Stir in the water chestnuts and the sauce, and simmer on low heat until the sauce thickens, and everything is heated through, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Serve on butter lettuce or iceberg lettuce topped with green onions and crushed peanuts, if desired.


Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container, with the beef mixture and lettuce separate. The recipe will last about 3-4 days in the fridge.
Substitutes: For best results, follow the recipe as is. However here are some common substitutes that would work well in this recipe.
  • Ground beef: You can substitute ground turkey or ground chicken
  • Soy Sauce: If you have a soy allergy, try tamari sauce, or liquid aminos, and you can't tell the difference in taste.
  • Hoisin Sauce: If you're looking for a gluten free alternative, try teriyaki sauce or just more peanut butter.
  • Peanut Butter: If you have a peanut allergy, you can substitute any nut butter or seed butter.
Nutritional Data: Please note that the nutrition label provided is an estimate based on an online nutrition calculator. It will vary based on the specific ingredients you use.


Calories: 234kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 533mg | Potassium: 462mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 920IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 3mg