This super easy Ground Kung Pao Beef is ready in just 15 minutes and filled with ground beef in a deliciously spicy sauce.

This super easy Ground Kung Pao Beef is ready in just 15 minutes and filled with ground beef in a deliciously spicy sauce.pinterestOne of my goals for the year is to come up with more ONE SKILLET recipes. When it comes to dinner time, I find myself constantly reaching for my skillet and my archives of super quick recipes that only use one pan.

That’s why I’m absolutely loving this Ground Kung Pao Beef! It’s so quick and easy and the homemade sauce is spot on!

Ground Kung Pao Beef Recipe:

  • Start by browning some ground beef in a skillet with diced bell pepper and diced green onion (the white parts).
  • Add in some garlic, ginger and your preference of crushed red chili peppers (the more you use the spicier the dish).
  • Drain off any fat and return the skillet to the stove top.

To make this super easy Ground Kung Pao Beef start by browning some hamburger in a skillet with diced bell pepper and onions.

How To Make Kung Pao Sauce

Once the ground beef is cooked you’ll whisk together the ingredients for the kung pao sauce.

  • Combine soy sauce, dry sherry (or white cooking wine), sesame oil and sugar in a bowl and whisk until sugar is dissolved.
  • In another small dish combine cornstarch and water to make a slurry.
  • Pour the sauce ingredients into the ground beef mixture along with the cornstarch slurry and cook over medium high heat until the sauce is thickened.

Toss in some dry roasted peanuts to make this super easy Kung Pao Beef recipe really stand out!

All that’s left to do is toss in some dry roasted peanuts and give it a good stir!

This super easy dish comes together in just about 15 minutes or less. You’ll be shocked at how delicious it is!

WOW! This super easy Ground Beef Kung Pao is a quick weeknight dinner that's ready in just 15 minutes! My whole family LOVED it!

Kung Pao Beef Recipe Tips and Variations:

  • Feel free to swap out the ground beef for ground turkey, chicken or pork!
  • Try adding in more veggies like diced zucchini or peas along with the diced bell peppers.
  • If you don’t like peanuts you can leave them out.
  • Serve this ground beef mixture over white rice, noodles, or in lettuce leaves for a low carb version!

WOW! This super easy Ground Beef Kung Pao is a quick weeknight dinner that's ready in just 15 minutes! My whole family LOVED it!

If you’re looking for more Kung Pao recipes, check out this Kung Pao Shrimp Lo Mein or my Copycat Kung Pao Chicken!

I know you’re going to love this recipe!

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Ground Kung Pao Beef

WOW! This super easy Ground Beef Kung Pao is a quick weeknight dinner that's ready in just 15 minutes! My whole family LOVED it!

This Ground Kung Pao Beef is a quick 15 minute dinner that’s loaded with flavor!

  • Author: Shawn
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: serves 4 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: One Skillet
  • Cuisine: Asian
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Ingredients

  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 cup diced green onions (white parts only)
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 tsp minced ginger
  • 1 to 2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup dry roasted, unsalted peanuts

For the Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup less sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup dry sherry (or white wine)
  • 2 tsp light sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water

Instructions

  1. Add the ground beef, bell pepper, onion, garlic, ginger and chili flakes in a skillet and cook until beef is no longer pink. Drain any excess fat and return skillet to stove top.
  2. Meanwhile whisk together the soy sauce, dry sherry, sesame oil and sugar in a small dish and pour into ground beef mixture over medium high heat. Combine the cornstarch and water in the small dish and whisk until smooth. Pour into the ground beef mixture and cook until sauce thickens.
  3. Stir in the peanuts and garnish with diced green onions if desired. Serve over hot white rice and enjoy!

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WOW! This super easy Ground Beef Kung Pao is a quick weeknight dinner that's ready in just 15 minutes! My whole family LOVED it!

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Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
13 Responses
  1. Natasha

    Made this tonight and it was SOOOOO good! Even my 3 yr old loved it. I left out the chili flakes and ised coconut aminos because its soy free and has way less sodium. i also only used half the sugar and chicken broth instead of wine. Definitely a keeper <3

  2. Laurie

    Really good and easy. Very spicy so next time I will reduce the red pepper flakes. I’m on a low carb diet so I served it over cauliflower rice.

  3. Poet

    Is there a way to make this more on the mild side? I have 2 in the house who like dishes more mild and 2 who are more adventurous when it comes to seasonings.

  4. Janet Bradley

    This sounds really good. Do you think I could double the sauce and it would still be good.
    Can’t wait to try this.

    Thanks, Janet

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Shawn Syphus Hi, I'm Shawn and I'm a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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