Sesame Ground Beef Stir Fry

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This easy Ground Beef Stir Fry is jam-packed with veggies and lots of flavor!  

Ground beef, ginger and garlic are cooked with fresh peppers and cabbage in a quick and easy sauce. This is a favorite twist on a traditional beef stir fry!

top view of cooked Ground Beef Stir Fry in the pan with a side of rice


BEEF Lean ground beef is the base of this recipe. Be sure to add garlic and ginger before cooking and drain any fat after browning.

VEGETABLES Anything and everything goes. Cook veggies that take longer first (like carrots and celery) and veggies that cook faster can be added later (like peppers).

SAUCE Beef broth and soy sauce make up the base of the sauce while hoisin sauce adds sweetness. A little bit of cornstarch is used as a thickener.

A pan with ground beef and vegetables

How to Make Ground Beef Stir Fry

Ground beef stir fry comes together in 1, 2, 3 easy steps!

  1. Combine the sauce ingredients per recipe below.
  2. Brown the meat, drain any fat. Set aside & keep warm.
  3. Stir fry onion, celery, & cabbage, then add in all other ingredients & cook until sauce thickens.

Tips for Best Beef Stir Fry

  • Before stir-frying, be sure to prepare rice or noodles or make some easy low carb zucchini noodles.
  • Prepare all ingredients before starting, this recipe comes together quickly.
  • For the best flavor, cook the beef with ginger and garlic.
  • The sauce can be substituted for purchased or homemade stir fry sauce.
  • Garnish Ground Beef Stir Fry with sliced green onions, toasted or raw sesame seeds, or a sprinkle of dried chilis.


  • Leftover Ground Beef Stir Fry can be stored in the refrigerator safely for up to 4 days.
  • Reheat on medium-low in a saucepan, and add a little extra water to keep it from sticking.
  • leftovers can be frozen but the veggies may lose their crispness. Add a handful of shredded cabbage, coleslaw or bean sprouts when heating.

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cooked Ground Beef Stir Fry with a bowl of rice beside it
5 from 11 votes
Review Recipe

Ground Beef Stir Fry

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Author Holly Nilsson
Loaded with fresh, colorful veggies and flavorful ground beef, this stir fry is the perfect option for a quick dinner!


  • ½ pound lean ground beef
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger grated
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup onion finely diced
  • ½ cup celery sliced
  • ½ cup cabbage sliced
  • 1 bell pepper sliced
  • ½ cup water chestnuts sliced and drained, optional
  • 4 cups cooked rice or noodles


  • ½ cup beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch

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  • Combine sauce ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside.
  • Cook beef in a large skillet with garlic and ginger until no pink remains. Drain any fat and place beef in a small bowl to keep warm.
  • Heat oil in the pan. Add onion, celery, and cabbage and cook 3-4 minutes or until it begins to soften. Add peppers and cook 2-3 minutes more.
  • Add beef, water chestnuts, and sauce back into the pan. Stir to combine. Allow sauce to come to a simmer and thicken.
  • Serve over rice and garnish with sesame seeds and green onions if desired.

Recipe Notes

Choose any vegetables you'd like. Add the longer cooking vegetables to the pan first (like carrots and celery) and the quicker cooking vegetables a bit later (like bell peppers).
Prepare all ingredients before starting, this recipe comes together quickly.
For the best flavor, cook the beef with ginger and garlic.
The sauce can be substituted for purchased or homemade stir fry sauce. For a little bit of heat add some sriracha or chili paste to the sauce.
Nutritional information does not include rice or noodles.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 237, Carbohydrates: 14g, Protein: 13g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 39mg, Sodium: 741mg, Potassium: 437mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 998IU, Vitamin C: 44mg, Calcium: 32mg, Iron: 2mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword best Ground Beef Stir Fry, Ground Beef Stir Fry, Ground Beef Stir Fry recipe, how to make Ground Beef Stir Fry
Course Beef, Dinner, Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American, Asian
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Recipe Adapted Manchak. “Beef Chop Suey”. Recipe. Cooking with Class. Beaumont, AB, 2011. 43. Print.

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  1. Reviewing the ground turkey bowl. Amazing! Made the lettuce wraps. And the variations are endless!! Best recipe yet!5 stars

  2. The set-aside sauce smelled great while prepping the vegetables. I had carrots and cauliflower that needed using so I threw those in too. Easy and delicious!5 stars

  3. This was so flavorful. One mistake I made is I used 1# gr beef so I should have doubled sauce spice for more taste.
    Will certainly make again
    Thank you5 stars

  4. This was very good and easy to make, I served it with rice. For the leftovers I used it as filling for lettuce wraps, it was great. Thanks for the delicious recipe!5 stars