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Thai Basil Beef Rolls

Oh, Thai Basil Beef – it’s like a quick little flavor trip to Southeast Asia right from the comfort of your own kitchen! I stumbled upon this zesty gem during a Thai cooking class I took to shake up my weekly meal prep routine. Packed with vibrant flavors of basil, garlic, and a kick of chili, it usually pairs with rice or noodles. But let’s be real, I’m all about bending the rules in the kitchen. So, here’s my Midwestern spin on Thai Basil Beef, tucked cozily into a flour tortilla for a dinner that’s as easy as it is exciting. It’s my go-to when I’m craving something different after a long day at the office. Believe me, these rolls will make you want to wave goodbye to your plain jane beef wraps for good!

Pair these beefy beauties with a side of cucumber salad for a refreshing crunch, or get those rice noodles going if you love a double-carb situation. I mean, who doesn’t? And, don’t forget a little dish of sweet chili sauce for dipping because, well, it’s divine!


  • – 1 lb ground beef, preferably lean
  • – 4 large flour tortillas, warmed for 20 secs in microwave
  • – 2 cups Thai basil leaves, loosely packed
  • – 1 large bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • – 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • – 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • – 1-2 fresh red chilies, finely chopped (adjust to heat preference)
  • – 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • – 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • – 2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • – 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • – 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • – Salt and pepper, to taste


  • 1. In a large skillet, heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Toss in the minced garlic and chilies, stirring until they’re fragrant—about a minute—just be careful not to let them burn or you’ll have a tiny kitchen calamity on your hands.
  • 2. Add the ground beef to the skillet. Cook it until it’s nicely browned while breaking it up with a spatula, then drain any excess fat because let’s keep it on the healthier side.
  • 3. Stir in the soy sauce, oyster sauce, fish sauce, and brown sugar, mixing it all up with the beef until everything is wonderfully coated and smells like dreamy, far-off lands.
  • 4. Now, it’s basil time! Add the Thai basil leaves and toss them with the beef until they wilt into the mixture, giving you those herby notes that make this dish sing.
  • 5. Lay out a tortilla, and down the center, add a spoonful of the beef mixture, followed by a few slices of bell pepper and red onion for that satisfying crunch.
  • 6. Roll it up like a burrito – snug but not too tight – and repeat with the remaining tortillas.
  • 7. Serve warm, with the optional dipping sauce and your chosen side.

Variations & Tips

  • – Who says it has to be beef? Swap in ground turkey or even tofu if you want to lighten it up or cater to the non-meat-eaters out there.
  • – Not a fan of heat? Ditch the chili and add a dollop of sweet chili sauce into the beef mixture for a milder zing.
  • – Make this meal prep friendly by preparing the filling in advance. It’ll stay happy in the fridge for a couple of days, then just warm it up when you’re ready for wrap assembly.
  • – Grow a little basil on your windowsill! Seriously, fresh Thai basil can take this dish to the next level, and it’s super easy to care for. Plus, talk about a conversation starter when you’ve got guests over and you casually snip off some leaves for dinner. Chef’s kiss!