Grain-free Thai Beef Bowls
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Serves: 4
gluten-free, paleo, keto, Whole30, dairy-free, nut-free, AIP option
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil or ghee
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-inch piece ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1-2 fresh Thai red chiles, seeds removed and finely chopped (you can also sub in California red chile or red jalapeƱo or leave out)
  • 1 pound grass-fed ground beef (other ground meat will work here, too)
  • ¼ cup coconut aminos, gluten-free tamari or soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar (or lime juice)
  • red pepper flakes, to taste
  • sea salt, to taste
  • ¼ cup fresh basil, thinly sliced or roughly chopped (Thai basil, preferred, if you can find it)
Options For Topping:
  • carrots, peeled into ribbons or spiralized
  • cucumber, thinly sliced
  • scallions, thinly sliced or cut into 1-inch pieces
  • thinly sliced red chiles
  • red pepper flakes
  • bean sprouts
  • limes
Serve Over:
  • cauliflower rice or zucchini noodles (you can also serve over regular rice or rice noodles)
  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add shallots to the hot pan, stir constantly and cook for 2-3 minutes. Then add the garlic, ginger and red chile, cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  2. Add ground beef and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the beef as it cooks; drain the excess fat.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the coconut aminos, fish sauce and rice wine vinegar. Add the coconut aminos sauce to the pan and stir until well combined, allowing to simmer until it reduces slightly, about 3 minutes.
  4. Turn off the heat and stir in the chopped fresh basil.
  5. Serve immediately over cauliflower rice or zucchini noodles. Garnish with fresh carrot, cucumber, scallions, red chiles and additional fresh basil.
adjust heat by using less chile and skipping red pepper flakes
swap in half a red bell pepper for chile for less heat
you can swap in ground turkey, chicken or pork for the beef, or a meat-free option if you are vegetarian
for AIP leave out peppers and pepper flakes
Recipe by Tasty Yummies at