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 lean beef mince
  • 1 small red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 1-2 tablespoons freshly chopped mint
  • 1-2 tablespoons freshly chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated zest of 1 lemon or lime
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 150ml 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.