You know sometimes it take a few mentions for me to understand when I really need to try a recipe, anyone else? Well, go ahead and count this a as a COUPLE of mentions because you’re not going to want to wait on this quick and easy beef recipe, it’s fantastic. I kept seeing this go by on my Facebook feed, a simple recipe from Brandy at Bran Appetit and I never took it seriously. Seriously, as in “I need to make this now” seriously. And then I had thawed ground beef staring me down and suddenly I knew exactly what to make for dinner (and a few lunches!) with that ground beef.

My version of Sweet and Spicy Beef has a couple cups of chopped veggies tossed in and I skip the lime wedges. I firmly believe that if  I actually have limes (and/or lemons) I’d much rather make margaritas, maybe that leads to being slow on the uptake, I don’t know. The recipe is amazing either way and it’s ready so quick you better start the rice, clean up the kitchen AND THEN start this recipe, because-BOOM-dinner is ready!


Sweet and Spicy Beef

Course: Lunch, Main Dish
Cuisine: Chinese Inspired


  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 4-5 cloves garlic minced--use more or less to YOUR taste
  • 1 inch ginger peeled and grated or minced
  • 3 cups mixed chopped vegetables cut vegetables that take longer to cook in smaller pieces
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 TBSP sriracha more or less to taste
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • lime wedges optional
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste


  • heat a dutch oven over medium high heat
  • brown the beef quickly, drain any excess fat once browned
  • add the garlic and ginger, cook and stir for 2 minutes
  • reduce the heat to medium and add the vegetables and cook and stir 2-3 minutes
  • meanwhile mix the rest of the ingredients through sesame oil together and pour over the beef and vegetables
  • cook and stir for a minute or two to blend the flavors, taste for salt and pepper add as needed, don't over cook the vegetables though
  • if using the lime wedges, squeeze them over the beef before serving or serve with the beef
  • serve over hot rice


serve with hot rice-basmati is our favorite but ANY rice will be great