Ground Mongolian Beef Recipe

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Ground Mongolian Beef Recipe – a budget friendly twist on classic Mongolian beef. All the great taste in a cheap and easy dinner you can have ready in minutes!

I am all about getting dinner on the table fast!  It can be anything from Garlic Beef Noodle Bowls that take just minutes to make, or something that sits in the crock pot all day and I just pull it out at dinner time.  Anytime I don’t have to do a ton of work I am happy!

Crock Pot Chili is one of my favorites for easy dinners that are just waiting for me.  I brown the ground beef, and then just dump and go. I come home to dinner ready. Doesn’t get much better than that!

A plate of food with rice, with Mongolian beef


So this Mongolian Beef Recipe is different than the traditional because it uses ground beef.  I have a classic Mongolian beef on the blog, so if you want to make it that way, be sure to check it out!  But ground beef is so much cheaper than any cut of steak, so this is definitely something you can make any night of the week and not feel guilty about!  Serve with some veggies on the side and you have a whole dinner that everyone is going to love done in minutes.

Mongolian beef sauce is really just soy sauce, a sweetener, vinegar to give it some tang, and chili paste for some spice. It is really simple to throw together. You don’t have a ton of sauce in this recipe, it really just coats the meat.  It isn’t like Chicken Tikka Masala where you have ton of sauce you want to soak up with rice.

A skillet with mongolain ground beef topped with green onions

There are really just 2 steps to make this recipe.  It comes together in really just minutes, and could not be easier.

  1. In a large skillet you will brown the ground beef, breaking it up into small pieces. Once it is mostly cooked you will add the garlic and ginger and cook for a couple minutes.
  2. Mix together the sauce in a small bowl or measuring cup.
  3. After the beef is cooked, you just add the sauce and let simmer for a few minutes.

That is it!  Really, you are done in about 15 minutes. And you have something that is cheap, easy, and the whole family is going to love it!  And I know everyone loves cheap dinner ideas!

A plate of food with rice and mongolian ground beef

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Ground Mongolian Beef Recipe - a budget friendly twist on classic Mongolian beef. All the great taste in a cheap and easy dinner you can have ready in minutes!
4.50 from 26 votes

Ground Mongolian Beef Recipe

By Erin
Ground Mongolian Beef Recipe – a budget friendly twist on classic Mongolian beef. All the great taste in a cheap and easy dinner you can have ready in minutes!
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 pound Ground Beef
  • 1 tablespoon Sesame Oil
  • 3 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons Ginger Paste, or approximately 1 1/2-inch piece of fresh ginger, minced
  • 3 Green Onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon Sesame Seeds

For the Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup Soy Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Mirin, or cooking sherry
  • 1 tablespoon Hoisin Sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Rice Vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Chili Garlic Paste

For Serving:

  • 2 cups Cooked White Rice


  • In a large skillet heat sesame oil over medium high heat. Add ground beef, breaking up and cooking for 5-6 minutes until fully cooked.
  • Add garlic and ginger and cook for 1 minute until fragrant.
  • Meanwhile, whisk together all of the ingredients for the sauce until smooth.
  • Pour sauce over meat mixture. Mix until well combined. Simmer for 3-4 minutes until it starts to thicken.
  • Top with green onions and sesame seeds. Serve immediately over rice.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 551kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 101mg | Sodium: 1143mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g

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

Additional Info

Author: Erin
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Course: Dinner Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 551
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  1. It’s my first time trying out this recipe and WOW! It turns out so great, We’ll make this again for sure!

  2. We had this for dinner last night and it’s so tasty! My family and I absolutely loved it. Can’t wait to make this recipe again!

  3. I am sorry but it was salty as hell! My husband stopped eating it half way and had to drink a gallon of water to quinch his thirst.

  4. Added some carrots, cabbage, and celery. That may convert the recipe into something else not mongolian, but it was surely delicious. Thanks!