Hearty Beef Lettuce Cups Recipe - Clean Eating Magazine

Sesame Beef Lettuce Cups

Don't be fooled – lettuce wraps can be hearty with the right filling! This mixture uses ground beef and a combination of mushrooms including cremini plus your choice of shiitake or enoki for a satisfying meal.
Sesame Beef Lettuce Cups recipe

NOTE: If following our meal plan, store beef mixture and lettuce separately. Heat beef mixture then assemble right before eating.

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  • Duration
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  • 2Servings


  • 1 tbsp sesame oil

  • ½ cup diced yellow onion 

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced 

  • 1 tsp ground ginger (TRY: Simply Organic Ground Ginger)  
  • 8 oz ground beef  

  • 1 cup chopped cremini mushrooms 

  • 1 cup shiitake and/or enoki mushrooms, sliced if large    

  • 5 tsp reduced-sodium tamari  (TRY: San J Reduced-Sodium Tamari)
  • 8 butter lettuce leaves    

  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds hot sauce, optional   

  • ¼ cup sliced green onions  


1. In a medium skillet on medium, heat oil. Add yellow onion and sauté for 4 minutes, until translucent. Add garlic and ginger and cook until fragrant, 30 seconds. Add beef and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes, until browned.

2. Add cremini and shiitake mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, for an additional 5 minutes. Stir in tamari and remove from heat.

3. To assemble, stack 2 lettuce leaves on top of each other and place one-quarter of beef mixture over top. Top with sesame seeds and hot sauce (if using). Sprinkle with green onions. Repeat with remaining ingredients.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: 2 lettuce cups
  • Calories: 373
  • Carbohydrate Content: 13.5 g
  • Cholesterol Content: 73 mg
  • Fat Content: 23 g
  • Fiber Content: 3 g
  • Protein Content: 29 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 6 g
  • Sodium Content: 666 mg
  • Sugar Content: 3 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat Content: 9 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content: 5 g