Ground Beef with Paprika, Peas and Potatoes in a Wok


Wok cooking is easy and very fast. This is standard fare for us – I basically throw into the wok anything I have around with some protein staple like ground beef or chicken or turkey. It is a healthy way to cook and dinner will be on the table in 10 minutes at most. Great when you have had a long week and just want to fall into bed but have a table full of hungry small people who need dinner along with another tired adult!


6 Yukon potatoes peeled and chopped fairly small

2 tbsp of paprika

1/4 cup of fresh hulled peas

2 tbsp olive oil or pam spray

salt and pepper to taste

1 lb of Ground beef (lean)

Italian parsley for decoration

Optional sweet Thai Chile sauce 2 tbsp

One large white or yellow onion chopped

Two cloves of garlic chopped small

Preparation time: 10  minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes


  1. Heat one tablespoon of olive oil in a hot wok.
  2. Add the garlic and saute for 30 seconds
  3. Add onion and saute until translucent.
  4. Add the paprika and blend well.
  5. While this is cooking, put the chopped potatoes into boiling hot water and bring back to a boil for about 5 minutes until al dente ( almost tender).
  6. Then drain the potatoes well, and toss them into the mixture in the wok.
  7. Add salt and pepper and cook until well blended and the potatoes cook until nearly soft ( but not soft yet).
  8. Add the peas and toss together for about 3 minutes.
  9. Remove the whole mixture and set aside.
  10. Add to the empty wok another tbsp of olive oil, and heat.
  11. Add the ground beef which you must crumble with a fork until well distributed across the wok.
  12. Brown the beef until cooked ( but not overcooked – I like my meat rare so I brown it until medium rare or slightly pink).
  13. Add back into the wok, the vegetable mixture and mix well together.
  14. Put the lid on the wok and let it cook on medium heat for about another 5 minutes until the potatoes are tender and the mixture is blended.
  15. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve with a salad ( see Salad section)

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