Sweet & Spicy Thai Beef

Serves 4

This is a marriage of several recipes that we love. The original inspiration was from a post on Instagram by Julia Flowers @SnackHappy. Over time, we added our own twists and now it has become one our favorite meals! We usually prefer to pile all of the ingredients in butter lettuce leaves, but you could also use flour tortillas, pita bread or even just make a bowl out of it.


For the Fig Paste:
12 figs
½ cup boiling water

For the Dressing:
1 carrot, julienned
1 red jalapeno, thinly sliced
Handful of fresh basil leaves
1 Tbsp. lime juice
1 Tbsp. olive oil

For the Sauce:
1 Tbsp. coconut aminos 
1 Tbsp. tamari (or soy sauce)
1 Tbsp. fish sauce (We love Red Boat!)
3 Tbsp. lime juice
1 tsp honey

For the Beef:
1 Tbsp. coconut oil
1 ½ lbs lean ground beef* (or ground turkey)
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 inch piece of ginger root, finely chopped
¼ cup coconut aminos
1 Tbsp. toasted sesame oil
2 Tbsp. fig paste (See above)
1 tsp arrow root
½ tsp red pepper flakes
Salt and Pepper to taste
2 scallions, thinly sliced
1 Tbsp. sesame seeds
Butter lettuce leaves for serving
Cauliflower rice for serving


Make the Fig Paste:
Place 12 figs in a bowl with ½ cup of hot water. Let the figs soak for 5 mins. Toss figs and the water they were soaking in into a food processor or high powered blender. Blend until smooth. Paste can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Make the Dressing:
In a small bowl, whisk together the lime juice and olive oil. Add the carrots, jalapeno and basil to the dressing gently toss to coat and set aside.

Make the Sauce:
Whisk together the coconut aminos, tamari, fish sauce, lime juice and honey. Set aside.

Cook the Beef:
Melt coconut oil in a pan. Sauté garlic and ginger until fragrant, about one minute. Add ground beef, break up in the pan and cook until no longer pink, 8-10 minutes. If needed, drain the fat.  Add the coconut aminos, toasted sesame oil and Fig Paste. Stir until paste dissolves. Add the arrow root, red pepper, salt and pepper. Cook until the sauce thickens and the meat has browned. Transfer the meat to a bowl and toss with scallions and sesame seeds.

Serve the Thai beef with a bowl of Cauliflower Rice alongside the garnishes and the sauce.

Let everyone make their own wraps with the butter lettuce or forgo the lettuce altogether and just eat it right out of the bowls! Yum!

*Depending on what kind of beef you use, you may have to drain a bit of the fat. Leave about a tablespoon of fat in the pan.