Tangy Beef and Lettuce Wraps Tangy Beef and Lettuce Wraps

Tangy Beef and Lettuce Wraps

Light fresh nibbles or appetiser. Tangy spiced beef mince is served in lettuce leaves for an interesting twist.

prep time
10 mins

cook time
20 minutes

18 people


  • 450g/1lb lean beef mince
  • 1 small red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 15-30ml/1-2tbsp freshly chopped mint
  • 15-30ml/1-2tbsp freshly chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 5ml/1tsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 10ml/2tsp finely grated zest of 1 lemon or lime
  • 5ml/1tsp ground coriander
  • Salt and freshly milled black pepper
  • 150ml/¼pint good, hot beef stock or water, optional
  • 16-18 Little Gem lettuce leaves, rinsed and drained
  • Extra lemon zest and fresh chives, to garnish


  1. Place all the ingredients except the lettuce leaves in a large bowl and mix thoroughly.
  2. Heat a large, shallow, non-stick frying pan until hot and dry fry the mince for 5-7 minutes. Reduce the heat and continue to cook for a further 10-15 minutes. If the mixture seems a little dry during cooking add the stock or water.
  3. Place the lettuce leaves on a large serving plate or platter and divide the meat filling evenly between them.
  4. Garnish with extra lemon zest.