Orange Ground Beef


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You’re probably wondering… what’s Orange Ground Beef?

The answer? It’s my super successful attempt at making an easier ground beef version of orange chicken, a popular fast-food Chinese-American dish.

It’s basically orange-flavored ground beef and it’s REALLY good. This Asian-inspired dish has a bright, sweet, spicy and citrusy flavor. The sauce is made with fresh orange juice, which reduces into a thick glaze-like sauce that coats the ground beef. There’s also orange zest for extra orange oomph. Yes… having orange oomph is a thing. And this ground beef has it.

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I almost always have ground beef in the freezer because it’s just so easy to cook. When you don’t know what to make for dinner… you can always count on burgers or a stir-fry to keep your family happy. My only beef with ground beef is that it can sometimes get boring.

That’s when it’s time to get creative. Like, making a dish that’s pretty much always reserved for chicken (or another type of meat)… and trying it with ground beef instead.

Anything else you guys think I should try to ground beef-ify?

Orange Ground Beef

Orange Ground Beef

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  • Heat oil in a saute pan over medium heat.
  • Add garlic and ginger and stir-fry for 1-2 minutes or until softened. Then add the ground beef and mix well, breaking up the ground beef in the pan.
  • Add the remaining ingredients, raise the heat to high and once the contents reach a boil, reduce the heat back to medium, cover and cook for 10 minutes, or until the beef is done and the orange juice has reduced.
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  1. Noelle says

    5 stars
    Thank you so much for this recipe! My kids and I love it! We only used olive oil, beef, orange juice, orange zest, garlic and ginger and it was still great!

  2. PatMan says

    5 stars
    Ashley knocks it out of the park AGAIN! Although I did modify it a bit – I used olive oil instead of avocado oil, worked just fine; I had chili sesame oil in the cupboard so I used that and passed on the red pepper flakes (should have put some flakes in, we like it hot, but there WILL be a next time!); and cane sugar works just as good as coconut sugar. I also used 2 navel oranges (for zest and juice) and let it cook down for 20 minutes covered and 5 minutes uncovered – the flavor was almost marmalade-like, we LOVED it!

    Next time, I’m going to add some julienned onions before I add the ginger and garlic, and let them cook until JUST translucent…

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