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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Sesame Ground Beef Stir Fry

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


  • 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


  • 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.


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.
5 from 60 votes

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.

Course Beef, Dinner, Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American, Asian
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Ground Beef Stir Fry in the pan with writing

Recipe Adapted Manchak. “Beef Chop Suey”. Recipe. Cooking with Class. Beaumont, AB, 2011. 43. Print.


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  1. I made this recipe over the weekend. It’s a keeper.
    I do have to say I had to make a few changes to idems I had on hand. The first was I used ground turkey in place of the beef,( we don’t eat much beef). Second I use coleslaw cabbage. And I added broccoli florets & celery slices. I served it over cooked roman noodles.
    It turned out great, and was so easy to make.
    I have added it to my files so I don’t lose it.
    Thank you!5 stars

  2. Fantastic recipe! It was easy, delicious, and really inexpensive! I didn’t feel like having rice, so I subbed wide, flat rice noodles (packaged dry), and it worked perfectly! I would definitely recommend them to anyone looking for a noodle alternative that meshes well with the flavor and the vibe of this dish. I will definitely be making this one again! Thank you for sharing!5 stars

  3. I harvested a couple of tiny purple peppers, okra, onions, some celery and cabbage from my garden. Not enough of each to eat on their own, so I looked up a recipe that included them all (minus the okra of course, but it was super good in this). I had to make my own hoision sauce, but this recipe is super delicious and even my picky 6 year old (who only wants to eat cereal 95% of the time) is chowing down. I didn’t feel like rice, so I made Ramen noodles and put this on top of them….SO STINKIN’ GOOD.5 stars

    1. Garden fresh veggies are the best, Bree! I love that you were able to use them in this yummy recipe.

  4. Didn’t use cabbage. Used snow peas, peppers and asparagus instead. It’s a winner and will be repeated.

  5. Very tasty stir-fry. Added broccoli and green beans to appeal to family & use up produce from fridge. Doubled the recipe since we had extra ground beef also.5 stars

  6. Made this last night! Amazing recipe! The whole family loved it and requested that it should be made again soon! Thank you for all the amazing, wonderful, delectable recipes.5 stars

    1. That is awesome, Narina! You will definitely have to add this to your rotation :)

  7. I just love Asian cuisine and this just fills the need even more. I love the presentation, the smells and above it all the taste of good Asian food. You have done it again. Thanks so very much.

  8. Hi Holly, I’ve noticed a lot if your quick beef recipes have soy and/or hoisin sauce. These have a lot of salt in them what do you suggest to use as a more healthy alternative as mt husband needs to watch his sodium and cholesterol intake.

    1. Hi Kim, I have only made this recipe as listed but I wonder if you could try liquid aminos or coconut aminos. I am not sure how they would affect the flavor and texture of the sauce but I would love to hear how it turns out for you!

  9. Hi again Holly,
    I sincerely hope that I am not being a nuisance, but this I just gotta say:
    I am totally stoked that I have found because, I have found the ONLY US or Canadian ‘recipeist’ that is not totally fixated on both chilies and cheese of all description.
    I have always wondered why North Americans bother to put anything other than chili & cheese in their recipes.
    It seems that we are on a par, both wanting to taste the food that we are actually bothering to cook.
    One other point Holly, I am totally against all so called ‘Social Media’ because I will NOT line the already bulging pockets of multi billionaires who get richer by the minute by selling their customer’s data! Not only that, I spend far too much time sitting in front of this infernal machine as it is!
    I rest my case!
    All the best to you,
    Derek Cridland.

    1. We are happy to have you join us, Derek! Although I must warn you, we do love our cheesy recipes!

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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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