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Welcome to Road 142 where I, Cara Crowley, a stylist and content creator chat and share about fresh + easy ideas for everyday life while exploring the backroads and farms of my beloved Northern California. I’m so happy you’re here!

Thai Basil Beef

Thai Basil Beef


Thai Basil Beef is one of my go to’s on busy weeknights. It comes together super fast, I generally have most of the ingredients at home and the leftovers turn into a quick salad for lunch the next day.

2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided

6 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

1 pound ground beef

1/2 cup chicken broth

3 cups fresh basil leaves, divided

2 medium carrots, julienned or grated

2 scallions, thinly sliced

4 tablespoons fresh lime juice

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

6 garlic cloves minced

2 tablespoons soy sauce

Steamed rice and lime wedges for serving

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add garlic cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add beef, season with salt and pepper, and cook, breaking up with a spoon and pressing down firmly to help brown, until cooked through and nicely crisped in spots, 8–10 minutes. Add broth and 2 cups basil and cook, stirring, until basil is wilted, about 2 minutes.

Toss carrots, scallions, 1 tablespoon lime juice, 1 cup basil leaves, and 1 tablespoon oil in a small bowl. Mix soy sauce and remaining 3 tablespoons lime juice in another small bowl. Top rice with beef and slaw and drizzle with soy dressing. Serve lime wedges alongside for squeezing over.

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