The best stir fries are salty, savory, sweet, and a little bit spicy. This ground beef and broccoli stir fry nails all of those things.
Ground Beef Stir Fry
Every ingredient here is simple enough to be found in most grocery stores. No running around town looking for hard-to-find ingredients. (Who has time for that?)
The chili paste is typically found in the Asian section of most stores. If you can’t find it locally, Amazon does sell my favorite chili paste.
If you’re leery of the heat, start with a lesser amount of chili paste. Love heat? Go big with it.
The fact this stir fry is made with ground beef instead of a more expensive cut of beef makes it a really great alternative to the pricier meats when you are craving Chinese food or an Asian-inspired meal.
You might be tempted to skip the broccoli rounds in this recipe, but please try them. They offer a bit of added texture and the boost of broccoli flavor is great too. It is easy and well worth the extra minute or two to slice them.
The broccoli rounds give the dish a nice crunch, reminiscent of a water chestnut. I like to think of it as the budget-friendly crunch which is fitting for this flavor-filled less expensive version of a beef stir fry.
To slice broccoli rounds, you’ll start by cutting the long thick stalk off of the head of broccoli. Then peel the outside of the stalk enough to remove the brown areas.
Slice the stalk into thin rounds. You can use the rounds the same way you use broccoli florets. I love not throwing away that stem and minimizing waste.
This makes a great freezer meal too. Allow the stir fry to cool and then transfer to individual air-tight containers or a zip-close freezer bag. Allow it to thaw in the fridge overnight and it will reheat in minutes.
Ground Beef Stir Fry Recipe
To make this recipe, you will need the following ingredients:
- low-sodium soy sauce
- beef broth
- chili paste
- fresh ginger
Stir Fry Ingredients
- ground beef
- kosher salt
- freshly ground black pepper
- fresh broccoli
Stir Fry Meals
Stir fry dinners are a go-to family meal for us. They are easy to make and can feed a small crowd.
If you’re lucky enough to have leftovers, they heat up well for a lunch the following day. In addition to that, most stir-fry recipes are versatile enough that you can really load them up with vegetables and still please everyone.
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Ground Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry
- ⅓ cup low-sodium soy sauce
- ½ cup beef broth
- 1-3 tablespoons chili paste adjust to preferred heat level
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger finely minced or grated
Stir Fry Ingredients
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt adjust to taste
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper adjust to taste
- 1½ pounds fresh broccoli cut into florets and rounds
- In a small bowl or glass measuring cup, combine the soy sauce, beef broth, chili paste, garlic, and ginger. Whisk to combine and set aside.
- In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook and crumble the ground beef. When the beef has almost browned, sprinkle with cornstarch, salt, and pepper. Stir to coat. Add the broccoli and pour the sauce into the skillet.
- Lower the heat to medium and continue cooking and stirring until the sauce thickens, about 1-2 minutes. Taste and add more salt and pepper, only if needed. Serve on its own or over rice.