Thai Beef Lettuce Cups

Marla Meridith

February 25, 2013

Thai Beef Lettuce Wraps Recipe |

Are you ready for some fun today? I sure am. Not only am I volunteering for my sons Ski PE class. Yes, you heard me right. SKI PE. Yet another bonus to living in the snowy peaks of Telluride. The kiddos have ski class with their pals one day a week. This dish is for dinner after such a grueling day…

I like to dabble in a little of this and that when it comes to ethnic flavors. Here I play with one of my favorites Thai Red Curry Paste.

These Thai Beef Lettuce Cups (or wraps, if you will) will knock your socks off. For lunch, dinner, winter, spring, summer or fall.

Thai Beef Lettuce Wraps Recipe |

Due to the hot cold nature of these they are perfect for any season. All times of the year.

Thai Beef Lettuce Wraps Recipe |

As you know by now I take like to take tradition and turn it upside down and sideways.

Thai Beef Lettuce Wraps Recipe |

How are my Thai Lettuce Cups a little different?

I roasted my favorite roasted rainbow carrots and sweet potato combo, diced ’em real small and tossed them in the mix.

Thai Beef Lettuce Wraps Recipe |

There is something about eating with your hands that is so very fabulous. Wrapping this filling in butter lettuce leaf keeps things light, grain free and primal.

Pick up the extra pieces with a fork or chop sticks. Or your fingers. Don’t be shy.

Thai Beef Lettuce Wraps Recipe |

For Paleo folks ~ there are homemade Thai Curry Paste recipes out there. Should you wanna go that route. I am good to go with the jar ‘o paste.

Do you ever use Thai Red Curry Paste? How about Fish Sauce? Both add unique flavor to your savory dishes. I suggest that you have both on hand at all times. There are many evenings when I can’t quite figure out how to liven up a meal and voila! I spy these two jars and my mind is made up.

Thai Beef Lettuce Wraps Recipe |

You know how they say that love can be found at a first glance? That is how it is each time I rediscover these 2 ingredients.

Though fish sauce is not somethin’ you want to get too lovey dovey with. It is veeerrrryyyy pungent.

I used lean ground black angus beef in these lettuce cups. If I had bison or elk on hand those would have been perfect too. If you don’t have that, then ground turkey, lamb, chicken or a vegan meatless option would be great too.

Thai Beef Lettuce Wraps Recipe |

Don’t forget the Sriracha sauce….that’s another condiment you need to have at the ready. Oh the flavor and spice!

If you have a version of this recipe feel free to add it in your comments.

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  • Liz @ The Lemon Bowl
    Posted at 04:54h, 25 February

    I could eat these every single day!! We eat some version of lettuce cups all the time, too. BTW I have rainbow carrot envy!!

    • Marla
      Posted at 05:01h, 25 February

      Ha Liz, I have been noticing many folks have that same rainbow carrot envy. Not sure why they are so easy to find here ~ can’t source many things!

  • Aimee @ Simple Bites
    Posted at 05:15h, 25 February

    I’d sign up for that PE class. You’re making me miss my days of growing up in a small BC ski town! Love that you are giving your children the same experience.

    This is the perfect dinner for maximum energy without feeling weighed down. Love the addition of sweet potato.

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks
    Posted at 05:18h, 25 February

    I love butter lettuce but those roasted rainbow carrots and sweet potato are just glorious! That baking tray full of them is just beautiful! love the image, and the flavors…and the overall lettuce cups are wonderful!

  • Rosa
    Posted at 05:27h, 25 February

    That looks and sounds great! I love that pretty cup of yours…



  • Sommer@ASpicyPerspective
    Posted at 06:01h, 25 February

    Oh girl, this is my kind of meal. We eat paleo most of the time–except for when I’m blog baking. 😉

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel
    Posted at 06:25h, 25 February

    I love how fresh and simple this is! I need to get on board with lettuce cups. 🙂

  • Gerry @ Foodness Gracious
    Posted at 06:27h, 25 February

    What! Ski P.E…that is so cool! As are these lettuce cups, I could easily eat multiple rounds of these 🙂

  • Kevin @ Closet Cooking
    Posted at 06:34h, 25 February

    So healthy and tasty!

  • Michelle @ Eat Move Balance
    Posted at 06:38h, 25 February

    I LOVE lettuce wraps (cups). It’s such a nice change . . . the added crunch and refreshing aspect of the lettuce is so tasty! This recipe in particular looks great, with the roasted veggies and curry. Yum!

  • Bev @ Bev Cooks
    Posted at 07:37h, 25 February

    I almost can’t even take this.

  • Julie @ Table for Two
    Posted at 07:40h, 25 February

    Sign me up!! These look so good! I love the twist on these from the regular lettuce cups 🙂 delish!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    Posted at 07:48h, 25 February

    So in love with these…and pretty much all things Thai!

  • Oliver Denton
    Posted at 07:51h, 25 February

    I have been looking of ways to get the bread out of my sandwiches lately, this might be the answer! Although I’m not sure how many lettuce leaves I’d need to eat before they filled me up…

  • HeatherChristo
    Posted at 07:51h, 25 February

    these look completely delicious. Like I am making them TONIGHT.

  • Megan {Country Cleaver}
    Posted at 07:59h, 25 February

    1) I can’t get over Ski PE. I’m so jealous and feel like my childhood was somehow lacking. Even if I never learned how to ski ever. 2) There are no words – I just want this whole plate to myself.

  • Kate@Diethood
    Posted at 08:13h, 25 February

    These wraps are beautiful! I’ll take the entire plate please. And your photography skills!! 😀

  • naomi
    Posted at 08:22h, 25 February

    so flavorful, marla! and totally my kind of food.

  • bridget {bake at 350}
    Posted at 08:37h, 25 February

    Oh, these look just scrumptious!

  • Jenny Flake
    Posted at 08:38h, 25 February

    Love this dish Marla! Colorful and amazing!

  • Reem | Simply Reem
    Posted at 09:25h, 25 February

    Absolutely Yum!
    I can eat this everyday every meal… I love thai flavors…
    Looks beautiful…
    B/W I am loving these rainbow carrots… Gorgeous Colors

  • Marian (Sweetopia)
    Posted at 10:36h, 25 February

    Looks absolutely delicious! I love the fact that it’s a meal without carbs!

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    Posted at 10:38h, 25 February

    I’ve never met a lettuce cup I didn’t love!

  • Carla @ Carlas Confections
    Posted at 10:42h, 25 February

    I wish it was lunch time. And that I had fish sauce. And sriracha, and… But seriously, these looks amazing!

  • Brenda@SugarFreeMom
    Posted at 10:58h, 25 February

    Beautiful pictures and the recipe sounds amazing! Thank you so much for linking mine as well among so many other delicious choices! You rock Marla!

  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts
    Posted at 11:36h, 25 February

    I love lettuce cups, and this Thai version sounds incredible! Thai is one of my favorite cuisines! We are far enough away from the mountains in Fort Collins, that we don’t have ski pe here, but I have a friend in Alma, CO; and they have ski Fridays at Breckenridge. Such a great experience for the kids

  • Antonia @ Health Inspirations
    Posted at 11:59h, 25 February

    Your son’s so lucky! I’d love to come home to this after a day on the slopes. Can’t wait to give it a go. Looks like a perfect weeknight dinner 🙂

  • wholesome kids
    Posted at 12:35h, 25 February

    Great idea with the sweet potato and carrots!

  • Marina {}
    Posted at 13:39h, 25 February

    I am obsessed with lettuce cups. And also with your lighting here – just gorgeous!

  • Ari @ Ari's Menu
    Posted at 14:23h, 25 February

    First of all, these photos are beeeaaauuuutiful! So vibrant and colorful. And these lettuce wraps look amazing–I love that you added sweet potatoes!

  • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet
    Posted at 14:44h, 25 February

    This dish sounds amazing, Marla! My kids always think lettuce wraps are fun so I can’t wait to give these a try!

  • Meg
    Posted at 15:16h, 25 February

    These look Yum! Have you considered adding a “save” to ziplist button on your recipes? It’s so convenient. Thanks!

  • Maria
    Posted at 17:44h, 25 February

    Such a pretty meal!

  • Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet
    Posted at 17:46h, 25 February

    This recipe looks AHHHHHMAZING. Love the entire thing! And the Ski PE class. 🙂

  • Andrea DiGeronimo
    Posted at 18:19h, 25 February

    Oh so beautiful and delicious looking! Yum!


  • Jordyn
    Posted at 18:50h, 25 February

    LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. What a fun twist. I just ate lunch and am really regretting not seeing this beforehand. Absolutely gorgeous photos!

  • Erika @ The Hopeless Housewife
    Posted at 19:44h, 25 February

    Such a beautiful meal!

  • Cate
    Posted at 21:52h, 25 February

    Love the addition of the roasted carrots and sweet potatoes! So fun and colorful!

  • Caroline @ chocolate & carrots
    Posted at 06:50h, 26 February

    What a perfect meal! I’m going to have to whip these up for my family. 🙂

  • Jackie @ Domestic Fits
    Posted at 09:42h, 26 February

    Ski PE? That’s amazing, the coolest thing I ever did for PE was bowling.
    And I am so pinning these lettuce cups.

  • Kiran @
    Posted at 17:24h, 26 February

    We love ordering lettuce cups if we chance upon it in any menu. Yummy 🙂

  • Kathy Steger @FoodWineThyme
    Posted at 19:14h, 26 February

    Your pictures are always amazing.

    • Marla
      Posted at 02:53h, 27 February

      Thank you Kathy!

  • zerrin
    Posted at 13:32h, 27 February

    Marla these are fantastic looking lettuce cups! We generally have bulgur with lettuce just in this way in Turkish cuisine but never had beef in it! Definitely refreshing and fun to make and eat!

  • Jeanette
    Posted at 14:06h, 28 February

    These sound fantastic Marla! I love Thai red curry paste and fish sauce – two of my favorite ingredients! So glad to hear you’re enjoying your new home and fun activities!

  • Tammy
    Posted at 17:54h, 28 February

    I made these tonight. I substituted ground chicken for the beef and substituted hoisin sauce for the fish sauce and it was one of the best things I have ever made. Hard to stop eating!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    • Marla
      Posted at 03:07h, 01 March

      Tammy,you just made my day!! So glad you all enjoyed 🙂

  • Aiyana
    Posted at 22:12h, 16 April

    These are surprisingly yummy and filling! Smear some more sriracha on each bite though because I love some spice!

  • Anna
    Posted at 14:02h, 22 July

    Wanted a quicker version of these, so grated a carrot and quickly sauteed in olive oil, cinnamon, pepper and garlic and added a small white onion. Set that aside then cooked up the meat and followed directions from there, super quick dinner and great flavors!! Healthy too – love it!

    • Marla
      Posted at 05:43h, 23 July

      Great idea Anna ~ and the perfect way to speed it up! I shall try 🙂

  • Chris
    Posted at 17:37h, 03 September

    Just lovely. Next time I think I will double the liquid though.

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    Posted at 11:40h, 09 March

    Love this recipe!

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    Posted at 19:18h, 11 March

    Yum…what great flavors! Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe!

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