Thai Beef with Basil (Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy Free)



Here is one of those recipes when you need to just get food in your belly quick, or when you are reaching for that take out menu and know you shouldn’t. This recipe takes about 20 minutes total and tastes delicious. I served it over riced cauliflower but you can use real rice if you aren’t paleo.


  • 1 tbs coconut oil
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 6 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
  • 2 red chiles, thinly sliced, seeds removed if you don’t like to much kick, divided
  • 1.5 lbs ground beef (I used grassfed)
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 3 cups of basil, divided
  • 2 cups of julienned carrots (I bought the pre sliced ones in a bag)
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 4 tbs fresh lime juice, divided
  • 2 tbs coconut aminos
  • 1/2 tbs fish sauce
  • 1/2 tbs honey
  • cauliflower rice or regular steamed rice


  • Heat coconut oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add onions and season with salt. Sauté onions until transparent. Add in garlic and 1/2 red peppers, sauté until fragrant (about 30 secs). Add in ground beef, season with salt and pepper, and break up meat with wooden spoon. Brown meat for about 8 minutes, allowing meat to crisp in some spots. Add broth and 2 cups of basil and stir for about 2 minutes until basil wilts.
  • While meat is cooking, add carrots, 1 tbs lime juice, rest of red chile, 1 cup of basil and olive oil to a bowl.  Toss everything together.
  • In a small bowl, mix together coconut aminos, 3 tbs lime juice, fish sauce, and honey.
  • Top cauliflower with beef mixture, then carrot salad, and drizzle about 1 tbs of sauce mixture on top.



17 thoughts on “Thai Beef with Basil (Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

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  3. Made this for dinner tonight and it was delicious! Altered it a little by adding diced baby portabellas while sauteing the beef and a thinly sliced red pepper at the end of cooking; also added julienned seedless cucumber to the salad – yum!
    Thanks for a great recipe!

  4. I’m new to Paleo and am a beginner cook as it is. I made this dish tonight, and it was amazing! My boyfriend and I both loved it. I had no choice but to replace the basil with Italian oregano because basil is near impossible to find in Hawaii. It still turned out well.

    Also, I’m trying to see if Paleo is as expensive as it’s made out to be, so I’ve been calculating how much each home cooked Paleo meal costs. This one came out to $12.41 for the entire dish. Divide into 4 servings, and it’s $3.10 a serving. And these are Hawaii prices, so it’s probably half that for you mainlanders. So this dish is both delicious and affordable. Great job with this!!

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  6. This dish was amazing. Everyone loved it. My non PALEO eaters had it over coconut rice ( rice made with coconut milk as liquid substitute for water). I couldn’t find red chilis in my grocery, so I added cayenne pepper and crushed red pepper flakes. They asked me to make it again. Thank you for sharing!

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  9. Just made this today to take over to a friend’s house for dinner tonight. Had a bowl while I was packing things up – delicious!

  10. I made this tonight with the cauliflower rice for myself and my picky thirteen year old daughter. She asked to take the leftovers for lunch! Yum!!

  11. This is sooooooo delicious! I hardly like most new recipes I make but both my husband and I loved it! I cut the peppers by half because my husband doesn’t like too much heat and it was perfect. I have never had coconut aminos but it smells just like soy sauce and so much better for you. I love the freshness of the carrots and basil on top. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  13. Thank you! I was getting sick of ground beef dishes and found this one. It totally renewed my taste buds! So delicious and easy. I ate mine with a baked sweet potato. Beautiful, tasty, and filling!

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