This 30 Minute Thai Beef with Chiles and Basil will be on your dinner table in a hurry. Serve it over rice for a wholesome meal that will bring some excitement to your weeknight cooking!
Who’s ready for a dinner that’s on the table in 30-minutes flat? That’s pretty much a requirement in my book if I’m going to be cooking on a weeknight. I’ve got lots of speedy dishes in my repertoire that are on regular repeat at our house: Chicken Piccata, Vietnamese Lemongrass Chicken, Pad Kee Mao – But, I’m always on the quest to find new dishes to add into that rotation.
This tasty Thai dish of sizzling crispy beef, spicy chiles and fresh basil will be on your table in a hurry. Perfect for those nights when you’re feeling on the verge of just ordering takeout. Another great thing about this Thai dish is that there are no fancy, hard-to-find, exotic ingredients involved, except maybe the fish sauce, but you can find that in pretty much any grocery store now – Just look for it in the international foods aisle. If you’re unable to find it, go ahead and swap it out with some Worcestershire sauce (Is it just me or is that the hardest word to spell ever?).
As is the norm with most Thai dishes, you’ll find that perfect combination of spicy, sweet, salty, and tangy. I always like to do a bit of tweaking at the end to get that flavor balance just right. Tasting and adding a bit more lime juice if it needs more acidity, a bit more brown sugar to sweeten it up, or a few more chiles if I want to bump up the heat. The recipe below is my perfect equation, but don’t be afraid to play around with it a bit at the end, to find that just right balance, as chile heat levels can vary, as can the potency of your lime juice.
To make things extra quick, I served this Thai Beef up on a bed of Success® Jasmine Rice. It’s the original no measure, no mess boil-in- bag rice that cooks perfectly every time and is ready in 10 minutes. The jasmine variety has a sweet, buttery fragrance that’s perfect for pairing with Thai and Indian dishes. With no additives or preservatives, it’s one of my pantry staples for quick, weeknight cooking.
So for a perfect night after a crazy day of work, I suggest opening a bottle of Riesling (because it’s going to be amazing with this dish), pouring a glass, and then taking it easy with this recipe that is guaranteed simple. You’ll have it on the table before you even finish that first glass of wine. Then, for an even better night, pour another glass, and watch the Real Housewives of Orange County. Best weeknight ever…
30 Minute Thai Beef with Chiles and Basil
- 1 Tbsp . vegetable oil
- 5 cloves garlic thinly sliced
- 3 red chiles or jalapenos seeded and thinly sliced, divided
- 1 ¼ pounds ground beef
- Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
- 2 cups fresh basil leaves divided
- 1 medium carrot peeled and julienned or grated
- 2 scallions thinly sliced
- 3 Tbsp . fresh lime juice
- 1 Tbsp . low-sodium soy sauce
- 1 1/2 Tbsp . fish sauce
- 1 1/4 tsp . brown sugar
- Salt and pepper
- 1 bag Success® Jasmine Rice for serving
- Lime wedges for serving
Cook rice according to package directions.
Heat oil in a large cast iron skillet or wok over high heat. Add garlic and half the chiles and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add beef and season with salt and pepper. Cook, breaking up with spoon and pressing firmly to help brown, until fully cooked and crispy, about 8-10 minutes. Add broth and 2 cups basil leaves. Cook until basil has wilted, about 2 minutes.
In a small bowl combine 3 Tbsp. lime juice, soy sauce, fish sauce, and brown sugar. Stir until sugar dissolves, then add it to the beef mixture and toss to combine.
Serve beef over rice, topped with carrots, scallions, and remaining chile and basil. Garnish with additional lime wedges on the side.
Wine Pairings for Thai Beef with Chiles and Basil:
- Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Viognier: Look for a white wine with just a hint of sweetness to it – It’s a great way to tame down the heat in this soup.
- Rosé is another great match – It’s acidity, and light body will pair nicely with the Thai aromatics. (Here are some great rosé wines under $10)
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