Delicious and bursting with flavor, Asian lettuce wraps are a great idea for entertaining or a family style meal. Each person can build their own fresh, delicious wrap. Just be sure to have plates or napkins available since the mixture can sometimes drip a little. To serve, allow each person to spoon a portion of the meat into a lettuce leaf. Wrap the lettuce around the meat like a burrito and enjoy!

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
15 mins
total:
35 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Rinse whole lettuce leaves and pat dry, being careful not tear them. Set aside.

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  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir beef and cooking oil in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes. Drain and discard grease; transfer beef to a bowl. Cook and stir onion in the same skillet used for beef until slightly tender, 5 to 10 minutes. Stir hoisin sauce, garlic, soy sauce, vinegar, ginger, and chile pepper sauce into onions. Add water chestnuts, green onions, sesame oil, and cooked beef; cook and stir until the onions just begin to wilt, about 2 minutes.

  • Arrange lettuce leaves around the outer edge of a large serving platter and pile meat mixture in the center.

Nutrition Facts

388 calories; protein 23.4g 47% DV; carbohydrates 24.3g 8% DV; fat 22.3g 34% DV; cholesterol 68.9mg 23% DV; sodium 579.6mg 23% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
11/19/2007
I wish I could give this 4.5 stars because it's dangerously close to a 5-star recipe but it's not quite there. I gotta tell you this recipe is an AWESOME way to sneak in those veggie soy crumbles (looks like ground beef but doesn't always taste like it...except it TOTALLY works in this recipe). Definitely make the sauce as suggested by another reviewer (1 tsp sesame oil 2 T soy 2 T rice vinegar 1 T chile paste)...in my opinion the sauce makes this a 5-star recipe! I used regular fresh ginger rather than pickled and shredded some carrots to serve on top of everything. I would have LOVED to have those nice crunchy noodle-y things but once I heard they are fried in oil I had to say "no thanks!" I'm definitely going to make these again (they're really easy to make by the way) and will also pass on the recipe! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/08/2008
Not my favorite version of this dish but OK. It was easy to make and fairly healthy so it went over well. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/19/2007
I wish I could give this 4.5 stars because it's dangerously close to a 5-star recipe but it's not quite there. I gotta tell you this recipe is an AWESOME way to sneak in those veggie soy crumbles (looks like ground beef but doesn't always taste like it...except it TOTALLY works in this recipe). Definitely make the sauce as suggested by another reviewer (1 tsp sesame oil 2 T soy 2 T rice vinegar 1 T chile paste)...in my opinion the sauce makes this a 5-star recipe! I used regular fresh ginger rather than pickled and shredded some carrots to serve on top of everything. I would have LOVED to have those nice crunchy noodle-y things but once I heard they are fried in oil I had to say "no thanks!" I'm definitely going to make these again (they're really easy to make by the way) and will also pass on the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/01/2006
Loved it! Added about 2Tbs of chili paste for spice. Next time I am going to make with ground turkey and add thinly sliced carrots and rice noodles for crunch. I made an asian dipping sauce to add on like at PF Changs (1tsp sesame oil 2T soy 2T rice vinegar 1T chile paste sugar and i green onion slices) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/18/2005
I've been eating lettuce wrap at many Chinese restaurants since I was a little kid so I have over 3 decades worth of eating this stuff. I've tried many different variations and can attest that this recipe is top-notch. However instead of ground beef most Chinese restaurants use ground pork or duck. Except for substituting ground beef for ground pork and omitting the pickled ginger (since I didn't have any in the house) I made no changes to the recipe. As a suggestion try serving the meat over a bed of crispy rice noodles (vermicelli) as I've seen done in many restaurants. Simply heat some oil and dunk a small handful of noodles at a time...they crisp up in a couple of seconds. Not only does it make the presentation nice it adds a nice crisp crunch to the meat mixture. Also for extra burst of flavour put a bit of hoisin sauce (see recipe here as well) before wrapping it up in a lettuce leaf as one other person suggested. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/30/2007
If I could give 7 stars I would! My variations: I don't like ginger & finding pickled ginger wasn't worth my efforts so I omitted it. I did add a very healthy portion (perhaps up to 2 tbsn) of Thai sweet chili pepper sauce (looks like a clear gelatin with red confetti in it). I thought this tasted EXACTLY like PF Chang's but without the hefty appetizer price. The key to getting the taste just right is the sesame oil. (It has a strong flavor & if it's missing won't quite taste the same as PF Chang's but don't over do it!) For serving these as an appetizer I used the leaves from butter (Bibb) lettuce. They are sturdy enough but much smaller than iceberg and have a vibrant green color so they make the perfect appetizer ingredient or the perfect size for kids. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/15/2007
I was made this last night for my husband who loves PF Changs lettuce wraps. In trying to be more like those at PF Changs I used chicken instead of beef. Since chicken is a bit dryer I doubled all the liquid except the sesame oil (since it's so flavorful). I also added crushed peanuts and bambooshoots. My husband was impressed and told me they were just as good as PF Changs. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/24/2008
My sister and I are vegetarians. Yesterday we challenged ourselves to go a week without bread pasta grains etc.... Very hard to do as we feel that's what fills us instead of meat. I was looking for a good recipe besides our normal pasta veggie burgers fruit and veggies. I came across this recipe and thought that I could make it using Vegetarian Ground Beef (I prefer Boca). It worked out perfectly. I just made it all in one pot. I substituted ground ginger for fresh and left out the chile and chestnuts. Used a little extra soy sauce and we toasted some sesame seeds and chopped cashews for some crunch. Next time I think I'll add some bean sprouts. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/04/2006
I used ground chicken and subbed bamboo shoots for the chestnuts bc i wanted the added crunch...they turned out delicious! I also made extra sauce on the side: 1/4 c plum sauce a tbsp OJ 1/2 tsp cornstarch 1 tbsp teriyaki sauce--boil for 1 minute and let cool. Spread a bit on the meat mixture when eating--tastes amazing. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/15/2010
I had ground pork in the freezer so I started searching Allrecipes and found this GREAT lettuce wrap recipe. My husband loved it and said it was very impressive. I will place this recipe in my favorites for sure. I did have to add a little more hoisin sauce because it was a little dry for my taste. The plum sauce and PF Chang sauce recipes posted were the finshing touch needed to complete this recipe. Thank you for the freshing recipe! Plum Sauce: 1/4 c. plum sauce 1T. OJ 1/2 t. cornstarch & 1 t. teriyaki sauce ( I used Soy Vay) boil 1 minute. PF Chang sauce: 1t. sesame oil 2T. soy 2T. rice vinegar & 1T. chile paste ( I didn't have paste so I used Sriracha Chili sauce) wisk. YUMMY DISH!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/03/2012
I have made this recipe and loved it only change was to used fresh minced ginger since like so many I did not have pickled ginger. This is in my stack of favorites. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/08/2008
Not my favorite version of this dish but OK. It was easy to make and fairly healthy so it went over well. Read More
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