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Moo Shu Lettuce Cups

I took ordinary ground beef and turned it into a new classic. Sweet and savory flavors that make this dish a dinnertime favorite. We love the meat mixture served in flour tortillas, too! —Christine Keating, Norwalk, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Cook: 3 hours
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1/4 cup apricot preserves
  • 3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, optional
  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh gingerroot
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 medium carrot, diced
  • 1 celery rib, diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped sweet red pepper
  • 12 Bibb lettuce leaves
  • Sliced green onions


  • Mix first 5 ingredients and, if desired, pepper flakes. In a large skillet, cook and crumble beef with onion, garlic and ginger over medium heat until no longer pink, 5-7 minutes. Transfer to a 3- or 4-qt. slow cooker. Add mushrooms, carrot, celery and pepper; stir in sauce mixture.
  • Cook, covered, on low until vegetables are tender and flavors are blended, 3-4 hours. Serve in lettuce leaves; sprinkle with green onions.
Nutrition Facts
3 filled lettuce cups: 311 calories, 11g fat (4g saturated fat), 71mg cholesterol, 744mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 2g fiber), 25g protein.

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  • Tony
    Jun 25, 2020

    Just made thus for dinner. This is so good. My wife is really picky, she loved it. I bought lettuce to use but somehow when I got home it was bad. I made white rice and topped it with the mixture. Excellent.

  • Vivian
    Jan 16, 2020

    This was delicious! Had to add a dash of salt and put in diced water chestnuts for texture. I put the moo shu over power greens. Good quick dish -- my family was tired of spaghetti and meatloaf, so I have a new family favorite! Thanks!