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Quick Sweet Chili Beef Stir Fry

Quick Sweet Chili Beef Stir Fry

20 MIN

Wondering what to do with the ground beef you bought on special, aside from the usual meatballs, meatloaf, meat sauce regulars? Try it in a stir-fry! This Quick Sweet Chili Beef Stir Fry is on the table in 20 minutes, thanks to minimal prep, a 3-ingredient sauce, and frozen vegetables. Problem solved.

Ingredient Notes

Sweet Chili Sauce, also sometimes known as Thai Sweet Red Chili Sauce, is found in the Asian section of your grocery store. It’s not to be confused with Heinz Chili Sauce, which is tomato based.

For this recipe, I often use Trader Joe’s Sweet Chili Sauce.

  • 1/2 cup sweet chili sauce
  • 1/2 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups frozen bite-size vegetables (like peas, carrots, and/or edamame), thawed*
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions
  • Cooked rice

*To thaw quickly, put vegetables in a strainer and run under lukewarm water for a minute or two.


In a bowl, whisk together the sweet chili sauce, low sodium soy sauce, and ground ginger. Set aside.

In a wok or saute pan, brown ground beef over medium heat until cooked through, about 4-5 minutes. Use the back of a wooden spoon to break apart. Add minced garlic to pan and cook for 30 seconds.

Pour sweet chili-soy sauce mixture over beef and bring to a simmer. Stir in vegetables and continue to simmer for 2-3 minutes, or until vegetables are cooked through.

Stir in sliced green onions and serve over cooked rice.

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