Thai Beef with Basil Whole Wheat Taco Bowls™

Thai Beef with Basil Taco Bowls Recipe

Traditional ground beef gets a flavor boost with fresh basil, serrano chiles and soy sauce, then is stuffed in whole wheat bowls topped with fresh veggies.
Prep 25 Minutes
Total 25 Minutes
Servings 8

Ingredient List

  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1 lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon sliced serrano chile
  • 1/4 cup unsalted chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 8 Old El Paso™ whole wheat Taco Bowls™
  • 1 cup coarsely shredded carrot
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onion
  • 1 lime, cut in wedges
Recipe Continues Below


  1. Cut 1/4 cup of the basil leaves into thin strips; set aside. Roughly chop remaining 3/4 cup basil; set aside.
  2. In 10-inch nonstick skillet, cook beef, garlic and serrano chile over medium heat 8 to 9 minutes, stirring occasionally, until brown; drain. Stir in stock and the 3/4 cup chopped basil. Cook 2 to 3 minutes longer or until basil is wilted and liquid is nearly absorbed. Add soy sauce, fish sauce and honey; stir to mix well.
  3. Meanwhile, heat bowls as directed on package. Divide beef mixture among bowls; top with carrot, remaining 1/4 cup sliced basil, green onions and lime wedges.

Expert Tips

  • Ground turkey can be substituted for ground beef in this recipe.
  • Try this recipe with Thai basil leaves instead of sweet basil leaves for a different flavor.


1 Serving: Calories 190 (Calories from Fat 70); Total Fat 8g (Saturated Fat 3g, Trans Fat 0g); Cholesterol 35mg; Sodium 630mg; Potassium 220mg; Total Carbohydrate 16g (Dietary Fiber 2g); Protein 12g % Daily Value: Vitamin A 50%; Vitamin C 4%; Calcium 6%; Iron 8% Exchanges: 1 Starch, 1/2 Vegetable, 1 Medium-Fat Meat, 1/2 Fat Carbohydrate Choices: 1

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