Korean Ground Beef Bowls

Hey guys, and welcome back to Queen Bee. If you guys read my about me, you’ll know my family LOVES Korean food. South Korea is a big time bucket list trip for us.

I love the Korean culture and food. Some of their holidays are spent celebrating their ancestors. There are two ancestral rites that involve food, kije and charye. Charye honors ancestors four generations back and kija is for the evening of a family members death (korean4expats.com) The appearance of the food is important, as well as the quality and taste. According to Korean tradition, their ancestors join their families and enjoy the food they are being served.

Korean cuisine, or hanguk yon, is full of sesame oil, soy sauce, salt, garlic, ginger and gochujang- a hot pepper paste (By the way, if you haven’t tried gochujang sauce yet, you need to, it’s amazing!).

I love the Korean food culture and history. I love that they surround themselves with people they love to celebrate their family before them. I can imagine the stories they told about their great, great grandfathers. As I’m sure you know by now, I really love being surrounded by my family and telling stories. It’s my favorite part of any gathering.

Another thing I love about Korean food is how incredibly easy it is to make these amazing sauces they have perfected over the years, mostly made with everyday pantry items. On a rushed weeknight, I’ll always cook up some Korean food.

This recipe I’m sharing with you today is from a night when Ryan was out of town and Valentina and I were alone for the night and I didn’t know what I was going to make since it was just us girls. I saw this and thought, okay let’s try it. And it was so good! I sent a picture of it to Ryan and as soon as he got home he asked me to make it, now it’s a family favorite. It’s sweet and has a little kick at the end from the red pepper flakes. I always have to make a triple batch of this sauce because everyone always asks for more. I use 2 batches to cook in, and 1 for topping it off with. There are NEVER any leftovers, and it’s loved by everyone. I hope you guys enjoy this recipe as much as we do!

XOXO,

Jess

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 LB Ground Beef (I’ve also used turkey and it’s equally delicious)
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 3 Minced Garlic Cloves
  • 1/4 Cup Packed Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Tamari (Soy sauce is okay too)
  • 2 Teaspoons Sesame Oil
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Minced Ginger
  • Pinch of Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • Gochujang or Siracha (optional)
  • 2 Cups Hot Cooked Rice
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Korean ground beef bowl ingredients

In 2 containers, make three batches, 2 in 1 and 1 in the other: garlic, brown sugar, tamari, sesame oil, ginger and red pepper flakes.

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3 batches of sauce

In a heavy skillet, add 2 tablespoons olive oil. When heated add ground beef, stirring to crumble. Cook until there is mostly no pink. Add 1 batch of sauce to ground beef and stir well to combine. Cover and let sit stirring occasionally for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, check to see if ground beef needs second batch, it soaks it up a lot.

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First sauce poured in
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After sauce is soaked up

To serve, put hot cooked rice in a bowl, spoon over ground beef, pour sauce over it and top with gochujang sauce, if using.

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