Chilli Beef Lettuce Cups


This is a simple dish , IF you prepare everything before hand! At the moment I am so into Gordon Ramsay’s Cooking Shows, this recipe is adapted from one of his episodes.

The trick for cooking during the week is planning and knowing the best shops to find fresh ingredients. You need to make friends with your local butcher and green grocer, the more you know about your ingredients the easier and more delicious your food will be. Pork mince is used in this dish to ensure that the mince doesn’t go dry, but you can leave it out, just try not to over cook the mince.


250g beef mince
250g pork mince
Olive oil
Sea salt & black pepper
4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
5cm thumb of ginger, sliced
1-2 red chillies, chopped
1 tsp sesame seed oil
1 tsp brown sugar
6 spring onions, chopped
1 tbsp fish sauce
2 heads of cos or baby gem lettuce (baby gem is prefered but sometimes it’s hard to find)
5 radishes, sliced
1 punnet bean sprouts
Zest and juice of 1 large lime

Sweet and spicy sauce:

1 tbsp sesame seed oil
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp soya sauce
1 tbsp fish sauce
1 red chilli, chopped
Handful of coriander, roughly chopped
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp sweet chilli sauce
Juice of 1 lime


Serves 5
Preparation 10 minutes
Cooking time 30 minutes

On a plastic chopping board slice the red chillies, garlic and ginger and place next to the stove. Then chop up the spring onions and set aside. Wash the radishes, sprouts and lettuce (be careful not to break the leaves), then slice the radishes and take them to the table.

To make the sauce: in a bowl mix together the sesame seed oil, olive oil, soya sauce, fish sauce, sugar, chilli, sweet chilli sauce and the coriander, then taste to adjust the flavour. Take the sauce to the table.

Get out your biggest non-stick frying pan and place it on high heat. While the pan is heating up season the mince with a generous amount of sea salt and black pepper.  Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to the hot pan and fry the mince. If you do not have a large frying pan, fry the mince in batches to stop the meat from boiling. Fry the mince until very crispy about 7-10 minutes, stirring every now and again until crispy. Once the mince has finished cooking, pour it into a sieve to drain off excess oil.

Wipe the pan, then add the sesame oil and a tablespoon of olive oil, when the oil has warmed up add the chopped chilli, ginger, garlic and brown sugar, fry for 1 minute (be careful not to burn the garlic). Then add the mince, fish sauce, lime zest and juice and toss for another 30 seconds. Then add the spring onions and toss.


Take to the table and now the fun starts, everyone must make their own wraps, spooning over the sweet & spicy sauce and the fresh radishes and sprouts.


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