Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Spicy Beef and Kidney Bean Lettuce Cups

Lunches nowadays are almost nonexistent for me. With one toddler and one four year old, there seems never time just to sit down and have a lunch.  And by the time I finally have a free minute to eat I am always starving and ready to wolf down anything. And I have to admit that not always it’s a healthy or wise choice. 

Sure, I could stock up with oh so convenient store bought ready-made meals but knowing or rather not knowing what exactly goes in there, I prefer to cook myself. I guess it is something to do with my upbringing.  My mom always cooked from scratch, every single day and every single meal. And that’s what I do for my family now.

These lettuce cups are perfect if you don’t have a lot of time on your hands yet want to eat something healthy.

Start with heating up oil in frying pan over medium heat. Add onions and lightly fry them, stirring from time to time so you do not burn them.  When onions are almost done add your minced meat. Break down big lumps of mince meat, so that meat cooks evenly and throughout. 

When the meat is almost done, add minced garlic and finely chopped red chilli pepper. Season with salt and if you wish add some black pepper as well. Stir well.

Now you can add kidney beans. I used canned beans, just drain and give them a rinse.  Stir well. Cook everything for another minute or so and your are done with cooking.

Wash your lettuce leaves, pat them with kitchen towel to soak excess water.

Arrange lettuce on plate, scoop some meat into lettuce and top with some shredded carrot for a crunch. And enjoy your lunch :) 

Spicy Beef and Kidney Bean Lettuce Caps
Serves: 4 
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2 tbs sunflower oil
1 onion, chopped
450 g minced beef meat
2 garlic cloves, minced
½-1 red chilli, finely diced
Salt, pepper to taste
1 can of kidney beans, drained and rinsed
8 Lettuce leaves, washed and dried
1 large carrot, julienned or grated
Sour cream


1.Over medium heat, heat up oil in frying pan.  Add onion and gently fry for 5 minutes.
2.Add minced meat, garlic, chilli, salt and pepper. Keep frying for another 6-10 minutes or until minced is cooked. Break up large lumps as you fry the minced meat.
3. When the minced meat is done, add kidney beans. Keep frying for another minute or until kidney beans are heated up.
4. Place your lettuce cups on the serving plate, divide mixture evenly among the lettuce cups. Top with some carrot.
5. Serve with sour cream.


  1. Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again next week!

  2. Beef and kidney beans always a great combination. Thanks for sharing on foodie friday.



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