Lighter Spicy Mongolian Beef

by Andie Mitchell on January 3, 2012


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

adapted from Taste of Home


  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 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. Whisk cornstarch, broth, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, and garlic in a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. Heat 2 teaspoons canola oil in a large frying pan or wok over medium-high. Add beef and sear on all sides until all the meat has browned, about 5 minutes. Remove beef to a plate.
  3. Return the pan to heat and add the remaining 2 teaspoons oil. Add jalapeno and peppers and stir frequently until they begin to soften, about 3 minutes.
  4. Pour the soy sauce mixture into the pan and let it come to a boil. Stir and reduce heat to a gentle simmer. Return the beef and any accumulated juices to the pan. Stir until the sauce has thickened and the beef and vegetables are well coated.

serves 4

{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

Leanne (Bride to Mrs.) January 3, 2012 at 2:43 pm

This looks awesome Andie! <3


Megan (Braise The Roof) January 3, 2012 at 3:07 pm

I have a very deep and real love for Mongolian beef. You are a wizard, my friend.


chelsea January 3, 2012 at 3:31 pm

this looks fantastic! i think i may try it out for dinner tonight :)


Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) January 3, 2012 at 4:24 pm

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!


Heather (Heather's Dish) January 3, 2012 at 5:19 pm

all you had to do was post a photo and i’m all in :)


The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh January 3, 2012 at 5:46 pm

I’m makin’ this next week baby! YUM!


Stephanie// The Vintage Modern Wife January 3, 2012 at 6:47 pm

this looks delicious! definitely can’t wait to try it!


tK January 3, 2012 at 9:54 pm

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!


johnny January 4, 2012 at 3:01 am

Looks really great, might just try adding that to my diet.

Again Andie, thank you so much for being here!!!



Lindsay {you are here} January 4, 2012 at 4:54 am

Oh my! Yumminess abounds! Spice is my love!
Will HAVE to try! :)


Sarah@The Flying ONION January 4, 2012 at 4:59 am

Perfect. Absolutely perfect. Adding it to my grocery list. :D


Megan January 4, 2012 at 6:09 am

This looks super good! What is the calorie break down per serving?


admin January 4, 2012 at 7:15 am

Hey Megan! Almost all of my recipes break down to 500 calories per serving. Hope this helps :)


Megan January 4, 2012 at 7:58 am



Lauren at Keep It Sweet January 4, 2012 at 8:28 am

I need to make this for my husband, great recipe!


Kadee @kadeebugblog January 4, 2012 at 8:32 am

This looks so good! Grocery Store here I come!!


Michal January 4, 2012 at 9:09 am

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?


Cadi January 4, 2012 at 10:36 am

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!


Joelle (on a pink typewriter) January 5, 2012 at 5:32 pm

LOVE this idea.. It comes at such a great time for me too – I’m starting to eat Paleo for a month, and I think this will be a delicious addition to one of my upcoming meals! Do you think it’d be okay without the cornstarch?


Erin January 8, 2012 at 6:52 pm

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!


Kcc3 January 18, 2013 at 7:35 pm

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!,


teachermrw May 22, 2013 at 6:51 pm

Made this for my family last weekend. Everyone enjoyed it.


Lili Wilde September 5, 2014 at 2:08 am

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.


Briana December 10, 2014 at 3:24 pm

What is the calorie breakdown per serving?


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