This is like a lettuce taco, Thai-style. I love the juicy, rich taste of the beef, balanced by the cool crispness of the lettuce.
- 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 small onion
- 1 clove garlic (chopped fine)
- 1 pound lean ground beef (90 percent)
- 1 handful fresh cilantro
- 2 teaspoons fish sauce
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce (or tamari)
- 1 teaspoon dried chili peppers (or to taste)
- 1/2 teaspoon coconut sugar
- sea salt (to taste)
- 1 head Boston lettuce
- lime wedges (for garnish)
- fresh mint (for garnish)
- In a 10-inch skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the onion and garlic. Sauté until lightly golden, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the beef, using a fork to break up any large chunks (you want little pieces of ground meat). Add the cilantro, fish sauce, soy sauce (or tamari), chili pepper, and sugar. Reduce heat to medium-low. Continue cooking, stirring every couple of minutes, until the beef is completely cooked through, 7 to 9 minutes.
- Meanwhile, rinse the lettuce leaves and pat them dry. Arrange the leaves on a platter.
- Taste the cooked beef. Adjust the seasonings, adding salt and more chili pepper, if you’d like. Spoon the beef over the lettuce leaves. Garnish with lime wedges and fresh mint. Serve immediately. Tia Tip: How to eat a lettuce cup: Squeeze a little lime juice on the beef, fold the lettuce leaf, and eat it like a taco! *GLUTEN-FREE IF YOU USE TAMARI AND GLUTEN-FREE FISH SAUCE.
PER SERVING *
|Calories190Calories from Fat70|
|% DAILY VALUE*|
|Calories from Fat70|
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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.