Lighter Spicy Mongolian Beef


If you find yourself jonesing for take out from your favorite local, deep fryer-loving Asian joint,

but goodness,

you’ve already made so many healthy resolutions to distance yourself from cookies with fortunes,


If you’re smitten with perfectly soy saucy beef meets caramelized brown sugar,

but goodness,

you want that lovely flavor combination to like you back in a very [ful]filling,

[hopefully romantic,]

healthy and light way,

here’s what you’ll need to do:beef-2

Lighter Spicy Mongolian Beef

Yield: 4 Servings

Calories per serving: 406

Fat per serving: 17g


  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 teaspoons canola oil, divided
  • 1 pound beef top sirloin, sliced into thin strips
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, sliced
  • 6 cups fresh sliced peppers (any color)


  1. In a small bowl, whisk the broth, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, garlic, and corn starch.
  2. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 2 teaspoons of the canola oil over medium-high heat. Add the beef and cook until browned on all sides, about 5 minutes. Remove the beef to a plate.
  3. Add the remaining 2 teaspoons of oil to the skillet. Add the jalapeno and the peppers and cook, stirring frequently, until they begin to soften, about 3 minutes. Add the hoisin sauce mixture and bring the pan to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer. Return the beef to the pan along with any juices on the plate. Stir until the sauce has thickened enough to coat the beef and vegetables.


Calories 406, Fat 17g, Carb 29g, Fiber 3g, Sugars 17g, Protein 38g


  1. says

    Oooh I was hoping you’d post a recipe soon! I just bookmarked this to add to my list of recipes to try :)

    It looks like it was a wonderful, wonderful year for you and I hope this next one is even better! You deserve it, girl. Thank you so much for being my inspiration :) Much love to you and good luck on your journey!

  2. says

    My oh my, that sounds delicious! I also love that you appear to enjoy it without rice. While I worship them and will never ever ever give them up, I’ve been trying to add meals to my repertoire that don’t depend on grains and carby things to be delicious. The energy this has given me is incredible!

  3. says

    Hi Andie! I’ve been reading your blog for many moons now, and I simply adore it. Thank you for being so reliable with your updates! This latest looks delicious and will be gracing my kitchen shortly. Could I make one request, though? I would love to read some of your archived posts, from the “early days,” but as yet have found no way to access them. Would you be willing to set up a method for giving us curious devotees a peek?

  4. says

    Oh, Andie, you must have heard my stomach’s cries for deep-fried Asian goodness… this is so going to be dinner tomorrow night. If there weren’t already-defrosted chicken breasts that needed cooking today, it would be dinner tonight.

    YOU, by the way, are the most inspiring person I’ve read this last year. Your honesty is a breath of fresh air, and as you’ve been told many, many times you give people hope to mount what feels like the insurmountable when it comes to weight loss. I have 40 pounds to lose and your blog is giving me the strength to do it. Finally. Thank you, and keep the recipes coming!

  5. Erin says

    I made this tonight with red, green and yellow peppers, and added onion and broccoli too! It was SLAMMING. Added 1/2 cup of brown rice for a crazy satisfying 9 points plus per serving. Well done, Andie!

  6. Kcc3 says

    Omg. I have one word for this = YUMMY!!!!!
    It will be a regular dish around here. Made it with your ginger fried couscous. Thank you!,

  7. Lili Wilde says

    Made this today, and everyone loved it. We had some friends over, and they all loved it so so much.
    Thank you very much for the recipe.

  8. Carol Hansen says

    So So So So So good…did I say SOOOOOOO good? Wow this was not only so flavorful…it was easy to make! I always feel Asian meals will be to complicated but this one wasn’t at all!!! Lucky for my hubby and I we have one serving of this and one serving of Coconut Curry Chicken left over so we will heat those up with excitement for dinner tonight and I am going to make your Minted orzo salad with chickpeas and feta as the side…can’t wait!!! Thanks!


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