Saturday, August 16, 2014

Szechuan Green Beans

This dish is usually made with ground pork but I had only ground beef and it was just fine. It would also work nicely with ground chicken or turkey.

1/2 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon peanut oil
  • 2 1/2 cups (1-inch) cut green beans 
  • 2 garlic cloves minced 
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1 small red hot pepper, chopped
  • 2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 cups hot cooked brown rice
  • Combine the first 4 ingredients in a medium bowl. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add beef mixture, beans, and garlic; cook 3 minutes or until beef loses its pink color, stirring to crumble.
  • Combine hoisin and next 3 ingredients (through soy sauce) in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add hoisin mixture to pan. Cook 10 minutes or so stirring frequently.  Might want to add more soy sauce--I did. Serve over rice


  1. I'll be happy to try the pork version! Looks good as I love green beans!

  2. It would have been even better with pork!