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Green Bean and Ground Beef Stir fry is an easy ground beef recipe perfect for busy weeknights.  Serve over rice for a quick weeknight meal packed with flavor!

Easy Ground Beef Recipe

Most of us struggle with the question “What can I make for dinner tonight?”  Well, if you have a pound of ground beef, I have the perfect recipe for you.  Green Bean and Ground Beef Stir Fry.  I usually don’t think of ground beef as being an ingredient for stir fries, but it actually makes a very quick and convenient protein to use in this easy stir fry recipe.


How to make a ground beef stir fry

For this recipe we make a quick sauce that is more flavorful than any store bought stir fry sauce – then pour it over the ground beef and let it marinate for about 20 minutes while you prepare the rest of the recipe.  I usually like to make some rice to serve with this.  Then trim and cut your green beans.

You will quickly saute the green beans so that they get browned and blistered – that gives them great flavor and texture.  Then remove from the pan and add the ground beef.  When the ground beef is cooked, add the green beans back to the pan and stir to combine.  Allow to cook until most of the excess moisture cooks off – that will concentrate the flavors.




If you like this recipe, you will also love my Korean Ground Beef Bowls, Easy Korean Meatballs and Taco Stuffed Potobellos.

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Green Bean and Ground Beef Stir Fry

4.80 from 30 votes
Prep 10 minutes
Cook 20 minutes
Servings 4 Servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 8 oz green beans trimmed and cut in half
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes more or less to taste
  • 2 tsp fresh ginger grated
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp canola oil or other neutral oil with high smoke point

For the Marinade


  • Whisk together all ingredients for the marinade. Place raw ground beef in a medium sized bowl, pour marinade over beef, stir to fully combine. Set aside for 20 minutes.
  • Heat a sauté pan over medium high heat. Add one tablespoon of oil. Cook the green beans, stirring often, until starting to blister, 3-4 minutes. Add in ginger, garlic, red pepper flakes, cook 30-60 seconds until fragrant. Remove from pan and reserve on a plate.
  • Add beef, cook until browned.
  • Add green beans back to the pan, stir to combine.
  • Continue cooking until excess moisture has evaporated.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 418kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 677mg | Potassium: 467mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 428IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American, Asian, Chinese
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  1. 5 stars
    This was soooo delicious. I would have never thought to marinate the beef! I made it without the corn starch, sriracha instead of garlic sauce, and homegrown green beans. Thank you for sharing!

  2. 5 stars
    Followed recipe exactly and I wouldn’t change anything. I think it is key to add cornstarch to the marinade because it helps to crisp up the beef. Served it over some Jasmine Rice. You can always utilize another type of vegetable if you don’t have green beans on hand.

  3. 5 stars
    I absolutely love this recipe! I’ve been making it for a few years now and it is one of my favorites! It’s forgiving too! I forgot to buy green beans once and substituted with broccoli… delicious! Oh no- I’m out of garlic chili sauce!! That’s ok, use Sriracha! Just make sure you use fresh garlic and ginger, it really makes the recipe!

  4. Thanks for sharing this recipe! It was indeed easy and delicious!

    Followed all the ingredients but omitted the cornstarch. Also didn’t marinate the beef anymore. I sauted ginger and garlic, stirred in the beef and all the marinade ingredients; when beef has browned and the excess moisture has evaporated, that’s when i put in the green beans..stir fried until cooked. Easy one pan dish! My family loved it!

  5. 5 stars
    unfreakingbelievable!! I’ve done ground beef and green beans before, but this knocked it outta the park! Amazing.