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15 Amazing Asian Ground Beef Recipes

Asian cooking is all about bold flavors and simple ingredients. Skipping the dairy, and championing lean meat and vegetables, Asian food is also considered extremely healthy.

Asia is a big old place, with world-renowned cuisines including Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean, to name but a few.

15 Amazing Asian Ground Beef Recipes

Trying to fit the world of Asian cooking into 15 ground beef recipes is a tough task, but as you are soon to find out, this article is a diverse selection of recipes, that delivers every time.

Asian cuisine is all about the harmony of sweet, salt, and spice, for which these recipes action perfectly. Effortlessly quick to put together, the recipes in this article also make a good case for dinner tonight.

We just hope that you’re not already hungry, as this list, if perused on an empty stomach, will hurt.

1. South Asian-Style Ground Beef Curry (Keema)

This is a traditional South Asian curry that puts beef and potato together, as they should be. We love this style of dish for a few reasons, but number one is ease.

Quick to knock up using simple ingredients that most home kitchens are likely equipped with, the curry is a heartwarming, crowd-pleaser, to say the least.

It’s also packing a bunch of spices like turmeric, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper, for a full-scale flavor experience. Oh, and did we mention it’s cheap to make? Yeh, that too.

2. Chinese-Style Spaghetti Bolognese

Just when you thought spaghetti bolognese was already perfect, along comes Chinese spaghetti bolognese to break down any preconception of perfection.

Food is all about fusing flavors together to create new and exciting prospects and this recipe does that and then some. Ground beef cooked in a seductive Chinese-style brown sauce and mixed through your favorite pasta is as good as it sounds.

3. 30-Minute Hoisin Beef Bowls

Any recipe that can be whipped up in 30 minutes is a recipe that’s ok by us. Perfect for serving to the family as a mid-week dinner, these hoisin beef bowls are gently spiced to ensure even the kids think they’re nice.

Hoisin is the star of this stir-fry, and the recipe instructs you to seek out “Lee Kum Kee” or “Kikkoman” hoisin, because of their high-quality traditional taste.

Serve with cashews, toasted sesame seeds, and shredded veggies like carrot, bell peppers, or lettuce for an attractive final crunch.

4. Thai Beef-Fried Rice

Fried rice can be so much more than just a Chinese takeout side. This Thai-inspired beef fried rice is a legitimate meal in its own right that goes hard on nutrition and flavor.

From the first slice of onion to the last garnish of scallion, you’re looking at about 25 minutes in the kitchen. Served over a bed of fluffy jasmine rice, with a rapid-fire omelet on top, this is the kind of cheat-sheet meal that makes many dining-table friends, not foes.

5. 15-Minute Lazy Noodles

If someone was to tell us that beef noodles could be put together, ready for eating, in just 15 minutes, we’d tell them their nose is growing. But when it comes to these tasty lazy noodles, it really is true.

The proof is in the pudding with this recipe, as it uses just a handful of ingredients, intentionally. Baby spinach, ground beef, and dried wheat noodles are flavored with a sweet and sticky honey/ soy combo to remind us how simple good food can be.

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6. Vietnamese Beef Lettuce Wraps

Turn your mid-day mealtime around with these wicked beef lettuce wraps. Super healthy and light, they are purposed with filling you up but not slowing you down.

The beef is flavored with a whole array of Asian spices and sauces to give it a fresh and fiery taste, while the cucumber relish offers a softer side to nestle into.

Coarsely chopped peanuts, shredded carrot, rice noodles, Boston lettuce leaves, fresh basil, and lime wedges are ready to join forces and delight in you.

7. Pakistani Chapli Kebab

Chapli Kebab is a popular Pakistani street food that uses South Asian spices to get its kicks. It is essentially a big old beef pattie that needs a charred outer crust to be considered authentic. Mint, cilantro, cayenne pepper, coriander seeds, cumin, and ginger-garlic paste are all called upon to bring this fabulous pattie to life.

Another trick to ensure your chapli’s authenticity is to press a thick slice of tomato into each of them just prior to frying. Whack them in a burger, beside a salad, or maybe some roasted veggies, chaplis don’t mind, they never did.

8. Ground Mongolian Beef

Mongolian Beef is a Chinese-American classic that every American knows and likely loves. This recipe takes the unmistakable flavors of Mongolian beef and swaps out the steak strips for ground beef instead.

A cheaper, easier alternative, ground Mongolian beef is a frugal dish that requires very little to be good. The beef takes on a balanced display of flavors in brown sugar, fresh ginger, red pepper flakes, mirin, and garlic to give you a meal to remember.

9. Indonesian Curried Cabbage

This curried cabbage may not have the most vibrant of aesthetics, but don’t let looks fool you, as it tastes glorious. Sweetened with mango chutney and ketchup, the dish is designed to be simple, and it does so effectively.

This is another 30-minute meal that ditches the long ingredient list in search of something pure. Curried ground beef and cabbage, who would of thunk it? The people of Indonesia, that’s who.

10. Easy Korean Beef Bibimbap

By swapping out Bulgogi (grilled strips of steak) for ground beef this Bibimbap recipe is eager to make your time spent in the kitchen, easy and efficient. What is Bibimbap you ask?

Translating to “mixed rice”, Bibimbap is essentially a bowl of rice with seasonal vegetables, meat, and a fried egg displayed on top.

The Korean heavy-weight red pepper paste “gochujang” is ready to be mixed through everything to create a sweet, and fiery feasting affair.

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11. Quick Asian Beef Noodle Soup

Noodle soup is a feel-good foodie favorite and this quick-to-make beef rendition is a mighty fine meal. Taking 10 minutes to prep, with just three simple instructions, means you will be slurping up this winter warmer in under 30 minutes.

Bok Choy and ground beef make up the bulk of the dish, which is also stacked with beef-flavored ramen noodles. If you think it could do with some extra veggies, then add away, soup is designed to be riff-able.

12. Japanese Soboro Beef

Soboro refers to the Japanese style of cooking ground meat, and this recipe keeps it very traditional. Sake, mirin, and soy are where this dish gains its umami flavors from, and that is more than enough.

Don’t get scared about the lack of ingredients and go adding ginger and garlic, or even salt for that matter. Stick to the recipe and this Japanese beef and rice dish will knock you for six in the most accurate of hits.

13. Vietnamese-Style Meatballs With Chili Sauce

One of the best ways to use ground beef is to roll it up and call it a meatball. These meatballs aren’t no run-of-the-mill meatballs either, oh no, they are bursting with life. Fish sauce, cilantro, mint, red pepper flakes, lime zest, fresh ginger, scallions, and garlic have all found their way into these energetic little meatballs.

Topped with a sweet and spicy Vietnamese-style sauce, you will want to account for overzealous guests when serving – they won’t be able to stop themselves.

14. Szechuan Spicy Eggplant

If you’re someone who’s partial to a bit of spice, then you’re going to want to listen up and get involved with this Szechuan recipe, as it brings the heat. Ground beef, shrimp, and eggplant are used to give the dish a complexity of texture and taste.

They each do their best to soak up the fresh, tangy, and spiced flavors that are brought on by ingredients like ginger, garlic, and oyster, chili, and soy sauces.

15. Filipino Beef Giniling (Afritada Style)

This sweet and savory stew is a Filipino favorite that is easy to like. Loaded up with veggies and beef, and spiced mildly, it can offer a nutritious meal for the whole family to devour.

Flavored with soy, garlic, pepper, and sugar, the thick tomatoey sauce will have you coming back for seconds, again, and again. Loaded up with raisins, there’s no denying this is a sweet and humble dish that gets to the route of what makes food great – simplicity.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Considered Asian Food?

Any dish that has origins from the continent of Asia can be considered Asian cuisine. However, being the largest and most populated continent on earth with many different cultures means there are also countless cuisines within the blanket of Asian food.

What Are The Most Revered Cuisines Of Asia?

Although this is a subjective question, there are certainly some cuisines in Asia that are more world-renowned than others. Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Sri Lankan, Vietnamese, Malaysian and Korean are some of the most popular Asian cuisines of the world.

What Is Ground Beef Made Of?

Ground beef consists of the skeletal muscles of a cow. These are muscles that are attached to the bone and not other parts such as organs. You will find prime cuts like sirloin are sometimes used for ground beef, but mostly it is made of cheaper cuts like chuck.


As is evidenced from the recipes listed above, Asian cooking is no stranger to ground beef. With many beefy meals being served over rice, it is safe to say that you won’t go hungry when cooking Asian ground beef dishes.

We hope this article was useful in discovering some new and inspiring ways to use up that ground beef, Asian-style.

15 Amazing Asian Ground Beef Recipes

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Looking for Asian-inspired recipes? This article has got you with 15 amazing ground beef recipes from the lively cuisines of Asia.


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