Spicy Beef Mince in Lettuce Cups, this idea for this first came about when we went to Newcastle at Easter to visit some friends of ours who live there and we went out for lunch on Sunday. On the menu was spicy pork mince in lettuce cups which my husband ordered and I had one to taste, they were delicious and we both said, oh, we should try this at home.

Spicy Beef Mince in Lettuce Cups

It was a hot day (in case you have been living in a cave, it has been HOT in the UK recently), now don’t get me wrong, I have no problem with the heat, I quite enjoy it and like nothing better than lying in the sun, but in London, when it gets hot, it also gets humid and you (or I do anyway) become quite lethargic and lose interest in coming up with dinner ideas and generally want to spend as little time in the kitchen as possible, luckily my husband is a good cook and he said why not make Spicy Beef Mince in Lettuce Cups similar to what we had in Newcastle, but using Beef Mince rather than pork mince, so between us, we came up with the recipe for Spicy Beef Mince in Lettuce cups.

Spicy Beef Mince in Lettuce Cups

Spicy Beef Mince in Lettuce cups is nice and easy to make and is best served with my homemade Tzatziki. The tzatziki cuts through the spicy beef mince to calm the heat of the chillies and give it an additional flavour combination, so you get the garlic hit that you are looking for in the mince from the tzatziki. So you combine Asian flavours with Greek flavours and you get a wonderful flavour combination in your mouth. This dish looks so pretty too and would be sure to wow your guest at your next dinner party, you can make them smaller so that they are perfect finger food and would work well as canapés.

Spicy Beef Mince in lettuce cups

So without further ado, I give you the recipe for the Spicy Beef Mince in Lettuce Cups. Let me know if you make it by commenting below.

 

I hope you enjoy this dish, I have made it a few times since we came up with the idea and it is a great dish for summer.

Cheers

Deon xx

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Spicy Beef Mince in Lettuce Cups

As mentioned above, you will need to make a batch of Tzatziki the day before (or on the day if you prefer) to compliment this dish, you can just eat it without the tzatzikim but I think it adds a nice flavour to it and calms the dish down.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 2 people 1x
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Ingredients

  • 250 grams lean beef mince
  • 1 white onion finely diced
  • 2 red peppers finely diced
  • 2 tsp dried chilli flakes
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 head baby gem lettuce
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Prepare your ingredients as outlined above.
  2. Heat the oil in a large pan over a medium heat and then add the onions and fry over a medium heat for 5 minutes until soft and translucent. Add the red peppers and fry for an additional two minutes.
  3. Add the beef mince, salt and pepper and fry gently until it is browned – this will take about 5 minutes. Ensure that you use a wooden spoon to break up any large pieces which have got clumped together.
  4. Add the tomato paste, soy sauce, fish sauce and chilli flakes, stir to combine, then reduce the heat to low and cook for about 10 minutes until the mince is cooked and tender, if you find that the pan is getting to dry, add a tablespoon of water.
  5. Once ready, dish the mince into individual small bowls and set aside, then carefully take leaves off the outside of the baby gem or cos lettuce so you have whole leaves.
  6. Then to eat, simply put some mince into the middle of the lettuce cup, then add a tablespoon of tzatziki, wrap up the lettuce and bite into it and enjoy.

Notes

Don’t forget to make your tzatziki before you serve this if you are having it.

I hope you enjoy this dish, I have made it a few times since we came up with the idea and it is a great dish for summer.

Cheers

Deon xx