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Thai Beef Cabbage Cups

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Thai Beef Cabbage Cups

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Thai Beef Cabbage Cups

Thai Beef Cabbage Cups

These Thai Beef Cabbage Cups are absolutely incredible! When I read the ingredients in this sauce, my mouth was watering and I had to include it into something. We were NOT disappointed! The beef cups were SO full of flavor and texture, we inhaled them. You know when you eat to fast so you still feel like your starving because your stomach and brain haven’t caught up with each other yet? Yahhh…that happened.

Thai Beef Cabbage Cups

The cabbage was super crunchy, so it pared up perfectly with the soft, juicy, beef and sauce. It held together well, and there was such an explosion of flavor in every bite! You must try these, and you cannot leave off that sauce! (Such a bossy pants, I know)

Thai Beef Cabbage Cups

Thai Beef Cabbage Cups

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 6-8 cabbage cups

Thai Beef Cabbage Cups

Wonderful Thai flavors wrapped up in crispy cabbage cups!


  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons minced red onion
  • 1 pound 90% lean ground beef
  • 1 Tablespoon sweet chili sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 1/2 cup cooked brown rice
  • 6-8 cabbage leaves
  • For the Sauce
  • 1/4 cup sweet chili sauce
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons coconut milk
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons melted peanut butter
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground or freshly grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce


  1. Heat up the sesame oil in a medium sized skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add the garlic and onion, and saute for about 3-4 minutes
  3. Add the ground beef and cook through. Drain any excess liquid and return to stove.
  4. Reduce heat to low and Add the chili sauce, crushed red pepper, ground ginger, honey, lime juice, and brown rice. Toss to thoroughly mix. Remain on low.
  5. To make the sauce, in a bowl, whisk together the sweet chili sauce, rice vinegar, coconut milk, honey, melted peanut butter, lime juice, ginger, and soy sauce. Set Aside.
  6. Heat a large pot until boiling. Add the cabbage leaves 2-3 at a time for 2-3 minutes.
  7. Remove and fully submerge in iced cold water. Pat Dry.
  8. Spoon in the beef mix and drizzle with some sauce. Enjoy!

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  • Reply Liz @ The Lemon Bowl

    You had me at Thai. And beef. And lettuce cups.

    April 17, 2013 at 11:37 am
    • Reply Alaina

      hahah you make me laugh!

      April 17, 2013 at 1:08 pm
  • Reply Tracey

    These are seriously going on my menu next week! I’m not sure if my husband will eat them, but who cares 🙂 The sauce sounds amazing!

    April 17, 2013 at 11:57 am
    • Reply Alaina

      haha I make stuff often that I know my hubs won’t eat..doesnt help to be picky! 😉 I just used the sauce again last night in turkey burgers! Its killer!!

      April 17, 2013 at 1:08 pm
  • Reply Julia

    We’ve been eating a whole lot of lettuce wraps lately–I am loving them. These look delicious!

    April 17, 2013 at 2:46 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      I love them too!! Thanks! 🙂

      April 17, 2013 at 9:39 pm
  • Reply Tara

    I made this sauce as a large-batch dressing/marinade a few weeks ago and So, so good!! I imagine these lettuce wraps are pretty amazing too!!

    April 18, 2013 at 1:16 am
    • Reply Alaina

      Oh awesome! I’m going to have to try it in more things too, for sure! I used it in turkey burgers the other night! Equally as delicious!!

      April 18, 2013 at 7:02 pm
  • Reply Pamela

    I didn’t have any beef, but I did have ground pork. Nom nom nom!

    April 18, 2013 at 11:57 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      oh I bet it was equally as delicious! Glad you liked it! 🙂

      April 19, 2013 at 1:11 am
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  • Reply Betty Anderson

    Can these be made ahead, frozen and served later? How would you re-heat?

    September 29, 2014 at 10:46 am
    • Reply Alaina

      Ive never tried to freeze them. You could probably make the filling and the sauce ahead of time, and just reheat it on the stove, before assembling. For the sauce, you may need to pop it in the microwave to liquify it slightly after sitting in the fridge. Hope this helps!

      September 30, 2014 at 5:23 pm

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