Ground Beef Lettuce Wraps

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Ground Beef Lettuce Wraps – a quick and easy dinner you can get on the table in just minutes! The ground beef mixture is super flavorful and perfect in lettuce cups or even over rice.

I love when dinner gets on the table in about 15 minutes, and this is one of those meals that you are going to have on repeat because it is just so simple and delicious. Chicken Lettuce Wraps are a light and fresh version with ground chicken that as lots of Asian flavors.

These ground beef lettuce wraps are a fun twist from the traditional with more of a spiced burger flavor than the normal Asian ingredients.

ground beef lettuce wraps on a plate

 

Lettuce wraps are one of those foods that people think is complicated to make. But it really could not be easier. The real effort comes in how many toppings you want to add, and the chopping involved. This version is quick and easy without a lot of chopping or prep work.

What’s In Ground Beef Lettuce Wraps

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  • Romaine Lettuce – any crispy leaf lettuce works great
  • Ground Beef – you could use ground turkey or chicken as well
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Onion
  • Cumin
  • Paprika
  • Garlic Powder
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Soy Sauce – you can use low sodium to cut back on salt if necessary
  • Salt & Pepper
ground beef in a skillet with tomato sauce and spices

How To Make Ground Beef Lettuce Wraps

  1. Start by heating a large skillet over high heat. Add the ground beef and onions and cook for 5-6 minutes, breaking up the ground beef. Once the meat is cooked and the onions are soft, drain any fat that is in the pan.
  2. Next stir in the tomato sauce, soy sauce and the spices. Bring to a simmer and cook for a few minutes for the flavors to come together.
  3. Taste the mixture and season with salt and pepper to your liking.
  4. Remove from the heat and then assemble lettuce wraps.
ground beef lettuce wraps on a cutting board

Lettuce Wrap Toppings

You really can put whatever toppings you like on these, but here are a few things that we really like.

  • Shredded Carrots
  • Chopped Peanuts
  • Sriracha Mayo or something like Canes Sauce
  • Green Onions
  • Cabbage
  • Tomatoes
blue plate with lettuce wraps filled with ground beef

What Lettuce Is Good For Wraps

Any type of green leafy lettuce works great for lettuce wraps, but ideally you want something crispy and can hold up to the filling.

  • Romaine Hearts
  • Iceberg
  • Boston Bib Lettuce
holding one beef lettuce wrap

Storage

The filling for these lettuce wraps can easily be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge until you are ready to serve them. It will last for 3-4 days in the fridge in an air tight container. It is best to avoid filling the lettuce cups until you are ready to eat them, or the lettuce gets soggy.

Recipe Tips

  • This works great with any ground meat. If you want to use ground turkey instead, it works just as well.
  • Don’t want to open a can of tomato sauce for just a little bit? Use ketchup!
  • Bulk up the filling by adding vegetables. Chopped Bell peppers, zucchini, carrots, or mushrooms are all great ideas.
  • Some of your family doesn’t like lettuce cups? Serve over rice or cauliflower rice if you are trying to do low carb.

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4.84 from 6 votes

Ground Beef Lettuce Wraps

By Erin
Ground Beef Lettuce Wraps – a quick and easy dinner you can get on the table in just minutes! The ground beef mixture is super flavorful and perfect in lettuce cups or even over rice.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Romaine Lettuce

Toppings

  • Shredded Carrots
  • Chopped Peanuts
  • Burger Sauce, Canes Sauce

Instructions 

  • Heat a large skillet over high heat. Add the ground beef and onions and cook for 5-6 minutes, breaking up the ground beef. Once the meat is cooked and the onions are soft, drain any fat that is in the pan.
  • Next stir in the tomato sauce, soy sauce and the spices. Bring to a simmer and cook for a few minutes for the flavors to come together.
  • Taste the mixture and season with salt and pepper to your liking.
  • Remove from the heat and then assemble lettuce wraps.

Notes

You can use ketchup in place of the tomato sauce

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 331kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 101mg | Sodium: 290mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Erin
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Course: Dinner Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 331
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