Easy Ground Beef Stir Fry Recipe

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This Ground Beef Stir Fry Recipe is one you’ll add to your dinner rotation over and over! It uses simple ingredients and there are so many ways to customize it! Ground beef and veggies are coated in a delicious sweet and savory stir-fry sauce that everyone will love. The best part is….it’s done in about 20 minutes!

Ground beef stir fry with veggies on a white plate with rice.

Often (VERY OFTEN) I get a craving for an Asian stir fry but don’t want all the extra calories involved with take out! šŸ™‚

This ground beef stir fry is one of my go-to dishes — not only is it a lot healthier than takeout, but it’s also SUPER EASY!

I love using ground beef because there’s no need to take time to marinate the meat–the ground beef soaks up all the delicious sauce and cooks up SO QUICKLY!

Also, try my Ground Beef Noodles Stir Fry, and this Healthy Ground Beef and Broccoli for more super easy stir fry recipes! They all make great meal preps, too!

What you’ll love about this recipe:


  • SUPER EASY recipe the whole family will love!
  • Delicious SWEET AND SAVORY SAUCE.
  • HEALTHY and great for MEAL PREPS.
  • SO MANY WAYS TO CUSTOMIZE- Switch up the meat and veggies for a whole new dish.

RECIPE INGREDIENTS

You’ll need the following ingredients to make this delicious Stir-Fry Ground Beef Recipe:

Ingredients needed to make this Ground Beef Stir Fry Recipe.

INGREDIENT NOTES

Ground Beef: I like using lean ground beef–90% lean or more.

Cooking Sherry: You can use cooking sherry, Shaoxing vinegar, mirin, or rice wine vinegar.

HOW TO MAKE GROUND BEEF STIR FRY: STEP BY STEP

Here are some quick visual instructions. Remember that full instructions with exact ingredients will be in the recipe card below!

Step 1: In a small bowl, whisk together the ingredients for the stir-fry sauce.

Ingredients for the stir fry sauce in a small bowl.

Step 2: In a large skillet, brown up your ground beef, breaking it up into small pieces as it cooks.

Ground beef in a skillet cooking.

Step 3: Add in your veggies and cook until crisp-tender.

Veggies being added to the ground beef.

Step 4: Stir in sauce and cook 1-2 minutes more until heated through. Serve over rice or noodles!

Ground beef stir fry in a skillet with the sauce and veggies.

Confidence Tip

A good stir fry has nice, crisp-tender veggies that aren’t overcooked. Turn off the heat when the veggies are just SLIGHTLY underdone. They will continue to cook a bit, even with the heat off.

STORAGE & REHEATING

  • Storage: This ground beef stir fry recipe is great for meal preps and can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.

  • Reheating: The microwave works great for reheating! You can also reheat the stir fry in a skillet with a splash of soy sauce or beef broth.

Additions & Substitutions

ADDITIONS:

  • Spice: Make a spicy sauce by adding red pepper flakes or sriracha sauce!

SUBSTITUTIONS:

  • Protein: You can definitely swap out different proteins in this dish! Ground pork, chicken, and turkey all work great! You can even use plant-based “crumbles” like these if you don’t want to use ground meat.
  • Veggies: Mix and match your veggies! Use whatever frozen or fresh veggies your little heart desires! Snap peas, snow peas, mushrooms, and different colored bell peppers are some of my faves. You can even use frozen stir fry veggies to make this a SUPER easy meal!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What can I serve with this easy beef stir fry?

My family loves this dish over warm jasmine rice, rice noodles, or this Trader Joe’s Fried Rice. But their favorite is enjoying it mixed in with thick udon noodles!

If you want to pair it with an extra veggie, these sweet and sticky Chinese style green beans are perfect!

Is this stir-fry recipe good for meal prep?

Yes!!! It’s fantastic for meal prep! It will keep in the fridge for 3-4 days. When I meal prep this dish, I slightly undercook the veggies a bit to account for the reheating….I like my veggies crisp!

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Close up of a wooden spoon with the ground beef stir fry.

TOOLS FOR THIS RECIPE

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Small Grater: For grating the ginger.

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I hope you love this Easy Ground Beef Stir Fry! If you make it be sure to leave a comment and a rating so I know how you liked it. Enjoy, xo!

ground beef and peppers in a white skillet

Easy Ground Beef Stir Fry Recipe

Casey Rooney
This Ground Beef Stir Fry Recipe is one you'll add to your dinner rotation over and over! It uses simple ingredients and there are so many ways to customize it! Ground beef and veggies are coated in a delicious sweet and savory stir-fry sauce that everyone will love. The best part is….it's done in about 20 minutes!
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Dinner, lunch, Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Servings 4
Calories 236 kcal

Ingredients
  

For the Stir Fry

  • 1 lb. lean ground beef I like using 90% lean or more, ground chicken and ground turkey also work well.
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, sliced into 2 inch pieces
  • 1/2 medium onion, sliced
  • 1-2 cups frozen cut green beans fresh green beans work too, just allow a bit longer cooking time.
  • green onions, sesame seeds for garnish optional

For the Stir Fry Sauce

  • 1/2 cup soy sauce, low sodium preferred
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp Shaoxing vinegar, cooking sherry, or rice wine vinegar See Note 1
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 2 tbsp corn starch
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced the best garlic chopper!
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger, 1 inch piece, grated

Instructions
 

  • Prep: In a small bowl, whisk together sauce ingredients.
  • Cook Beef: In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add ground beef. Cook ground beef, breaking it up into small pieces as it cooks (about 2-3 minutes).
  • Add Veggies: To the cooked ground beef, add red pepper and onions. Cook about 2 minutes until veggies are slightly softened. Then, add green beans and cook 2 minutes more until heated through ((If you are using fresh green beans, add them in the pepper and onion).
  • Add Sauce: Stir in sauce and cook 1-2 minutes, stirring often, until everything is coated and the sauce begins to thicken.
  • Serve: Serve over hot white rice, brown rice, cauliflower rice or even ramen noodles! Garnish with green onions and sesame seeds, if you like!

Notes

Note 1: The vinegar gives a nice depth of flavor and adds just the slightest bit of acidity that makes the stir-fry sauce taste authentic! You can use most any vinegar you have on hand (rice wine vinegar, white vinegar, Shaoxing vinegar, white wine vinegar, sherry) or leave it out. Totally up to you!
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Nutrition

Calories: 236kcalCarbohydrates: 13.5gProtein: 27.1gFat: 10.5gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 76mgSodium: 1218mgPotassium: 577mgFiber: 2.1gSugar: 3.2gCalcium: 47mgIron: 4mg
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6 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I love how simple this stir-fry is, and the homemade sauce is delicious. The perfect dinner for busy weeknights!

  2. 5 stars
    This easy stir fry is another family favorite, and I love that I can have dinner on the table in under 30 minutes! The flavors are so delicious, and the fresh ginger sauce is EVERYTHING!

  3. 5 stars
    I absolutely love this beef stir fry, such classic flavors and so filling and satisfying! Definitely adding this into my regular dinner rotation.