Spicy Pork Lettuce Cups

Yield: 4 Servings
Total Time:
20 mins


  • 1 Tablespoon Cooking Oil (we prefer grape seed, peanut, or canola oil)
  • 3/4 cup coarsely diced Shallots or Sweet Onions
  • 2 Tablespoon crushed Garlic (about 6 cloves)
  • 1 1/2 lb ground Pork
  • 2 Tablespoons Fish Sauce
  • 1/4 cup Tomato Paste
  • 2 Tablespoon Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Chili Sauce (we use our house made chili sauce) (more or less to spiciness preference)
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 4 Green Onions , sliced in 1/2" pieces
  • 1/2 lb cooked Noodles (your preference - rice noodles, egg noodles, soba noodles)
  • 1 head Butterleaf Lettuce , washed and separated
  • 5-6 stems Thai Basil


  1. Heat large sauté pan over medium heat. Add oil and shallots and cook until soft (1-2 minutes), stirring occasionally.
  2. Stir in garlic and cook for another 30 seconds.
  3. Add ground pork and increase heat to medium high. Brown meat, stirring occasionally to break up meat and help it brown evenly.
  4. Add fish sauce, tomato paste, sugar, chili sauce and water to meat and stir to combine. Add green onions and cook for another 30 seconds or until green onions soften slightly.
  5. Toss cooked noodles with meat mixture.
  6. Put about 1/4 cup of noodle/meat mix in each lettuce cup. Garnish with Thai Basil.

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