These Thai Basil Beef Bowls pack the best flavor into ground beef and bell peppers before serving it over coconut rice! Serve this delicious dish up to your family after only 30 minutes of cooking!
Enjoy more homemade Thai food like my 30 minute Thai Chicken Coconut Soup!
These Thai Basil Beef Bowls with coconut rice are packed with a sweet heat that you’ll find to be incredibly satisfying! After only 15 minutes of prep time, 30 minutes of cooking, and just 2 pans you’ll deliver a great weeknight meal to your family that they’ll be asking for again and again!
Why I love This Recipe!
- Sweet Or Spicy! If you prefer sweeter beef bowls leave the cayenne pepper out! However if you prefer some heat load on the cayenne pepper, hot sauce, and mabe even some hot chili peppers!
- Swap Out The Beef! Don’t eat beef? The good news is that this dish can also be made with ground turkey!
- Loaded With Flavor! The homemade sauce that coats the beef is loaded with great flavor thanks to the thai chili sauce, brown sugar, and soy sauce!
- Minimal Dishes! This is a simple two pan meal! I love when homemade meals come with very minimal dishes and easy clean-up!
This Thai Basil Beef Recipe starts by browning up ground beef then sauteing green peppers in olive oil and garlic paste. It then combines the ground beef and sauteed peppers in the same skillet along with the homemade sauce that’s made of soy sauce, lime juice, chili sauce, brown sugar, and cayenne pepper.
You’ll then stir in basil and grated carrots before serving the beef mixture over jasmine rice that’s been cooked in water and coconut milk. Finish off this dish by using red pepper flakes, quartered cucumbers, and scallions for garnish!
How To Make Thai Beef Bowls
- Rinse the rice until the water runs clear, then add it to the pot of boiling water and coconut milk. Cover and simmer, then remove from heat to fluff with a fork after letting it set for 10 minutes.
- Brown the beef in a large skillet then remove from the pan and set it aside. Drain grease from the skillet.
- Saute the chopped peppers in olive oil in the large skillet. Then add garlic paste and satue altogether.
- Whisk together the soy sauce, lime juice, chili sauce, brown sugar, and cayenne pepper in a small bowl.
- Add the soy sauce mixture and cooked beef into the skillet with the peppers and garlic. Cooking until the liquid evaporates.
- Stir in the chopped basil then remove from heat and add the grated carrots.
- Serve the beef over coconut rice and garnish with red pepper flakes, scallions, and quartered cucumbers.
Frequently Asked Questions
How To Store
Place leftover Beef Stir Fry into an airtight container and store in the refrigerator. Enjoy within 3-4 days!
Can I Make These Beef Bowls With Steak Instead?
Of course! I’d recommend choosing either a flank steak, chuck steak, or round steak and thinly slicing them into pieces.
Is This A Dish That I Can Freeze To Enjoy Later?
I’d recommend using fresh rice and fresh garnish but you could definitely freeze the ground beef and vegetable mixture once it’s been cooked! To do so, allow the mixture to cool completely and then place it into a Ziploc freezer bag and squeeze the excess air out before sealing.
Place in the freezer and enjoy within 3 months!
Can I Add Red Bell Peppers Into This Recipe?
Yes, that would even make for some great color in this dish!
Where Can I Find Thai Chili Sauce?
That’s usually found in most any grocery stores! If your local grocery store doesn’t have it in stock you can try ordering a bottle from Amazon.
These Thai Beef Bowls are one of my favorite ways to use up the ground beef I have in the fridge or freezer! Make up another satisfying family dinner using ground beef by checking out these recipes!
- Baked Spaghetti Pie – Al dente spaghetti gets topped with meat suace and a layer of melty cheese for a dinner option everyone will love!
- Classic Patty Melt – Juicy burger covered in swiss cheese and carmelized onions that then gets tucked between bread!
- American Chop Suey – This easy recipe is made with ground beef, tomato, onion, green pepper, macaroni, and spices!
- Sloppy Joes – Kick the canned stuff to the curb and whip up this homemade version that’s ready in 30 minutes!
- Taco Pasta Salad – Ground beef, mexican spices, and fresh veggies get tossed in a ceramy chipotle dressing then topped with cheesy tortilla chips!
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Thai Beef Bowls
- 1 cup Jasmine rice
- 14 ounces coconut milk
- ¾ cups water
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 red bell pepper chopped
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoons garlic paste
- ¼ cup low sodium soy sauce
- ¼ cup lime juice 2 limes
- 1 tablespoon light brown sugar packed
- 2 teaspoons Thai chili sauce
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper optional
- 1 cup fresh basil packed, roughly chopped
- 1 carrot grated
- Red pepper flakes optional
- Cucumber quartered, for garnish
- Scallions for garnish
- Rinse the rice until the water runs clear.1 cup Jasmine rice
- Bring water and coconut milk to a boil in a medium saucepan and add rice. Cover and turn to medium-low heat for 15 minutes.14 ounces coconut milk, ¾ cups water
- Remove from the heat for 10 minutes, then fluff with a fork.
- Meanwhile, in a large skillet, brown the beef for about 4 to 5 minutes, then remove from the pan and set aside. Drain any excess grease.1 pound ground beef
- Add the chopped peppers to the pan with a tablespoon of olive oil. Saute for 4 to 5 minutes. Add garlic paste and saute for 1 additional minute.1 red bell pepper, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 2 tablespoons garlic paste
- In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, lime juice, chili sauce, brown sugar, and cayenne pepper, if using.¼ cup low sodium soy sauce, ¼ cup lime juice, 1 tablespoon light brown sugar, 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, 2 teaspoons Thai chili sauce
- Add the soy sauce mixture and the cooked beef to the peppers and garlic. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes until the liquid evaporates.
- Add the chopped basil and stir for 1 minute.1 cup fresh basil
- Remove from heat and add the grated carrots.1 carrot
- Serve over the rice and garnish with red pepper flakes, scallions, and quartered cucumbers.Red pepper flakes, Cucumber, Scallions
- For extra spice, add hot sauce.
- Ground turkey will also work in this recipe.
- This is a sweet dish on its own if the cayenne isn’t added.
- You can also add hot chili peppers if desired.