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Spicy Beef Noodles

Brimming with saucy ground beef, chewy rice noodles, and plenty of veggies, our Spicy Beef Noodles are the perfect way to get dinner on the table fast and without complaint. These guys are equal parts sweet, spicy, and delicious and we can't get enough of them. Perfect way to use up leftover ground beef and veggies.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Keyword asian noodles, beef noodles, spicy beef noodles
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 357 kcal


  • 6 oz rice noodles Swap out rice noodles for any Asian noodle, spaghetti, or linguine, but be sure to cook them according to the package directions instead of soaking them.
  • 3/4 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 large red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 3 large garlic cloves, thinly slices
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 2-4 tsp sambal oelek
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped basil, plus more for garnish
  • 1/4-1/2 cup starchy water


  1. Fill a large bowl with VERY hot water. Add the noodles to the bowl. After a minute or two, use tongs to move them around. Continue to soak. If you aren't using rice noodles, cook your noodles according to the package instructions.

  2. Heat a large skillet with high sides to medium-high heat. Add the beef. Cook until the beef is mostly browned, about five minutes. 

  3. When the beef is mostly cooked through, add the red pepper, onion, and salt. Continue to cook until slightly softened, about two to three minutes. Add garlic, cook 1 minute longer.

  4. While the beef and veggies cook add the soy sauce, hoisin, black pepper, brown sugar, lime juice, sambal oelek, and cornstarch to a medium bowl. Whisk to combine. Ladel in 1/4 cup of the water the noodles are soaking in. Whisk to combine.

  5. When the veggies are softened and the ground beef is cooked through, add the sauce to the pan. Scrape up any brown bits with a wooden spoon. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Simmer the sauce until slightly thickened, 1-2 minutes.

  6. Use tongs to transfer the softened noodles to the skillet with the beef and veggies. Save the starchy water. Toss the noodles with the beef, veggies, and sauce. Add the basil. Toss again. Add a few tablespoons of starchy water if needed. Toss until the noodles are coated and basil has wilted. Add more sambal oelek, soy sauce, or salt as needed.

Nutrition Facts
Spicy Beef Noodles
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 357 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 53mg18%
Sodium 1591mg69%
Potassium 483mg14%
Carbohydrates 54g18%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 23g46%
Vitamin A 1294IU26%
Vitamin C 56mg68%
Calcium 38mg4%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.