Sweet Chili Ground Beef and Brussels Sprouts Skillet
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If you’re a fan of quick and easy meals, you’ll love this ground beef and brussels sprouts skillet. You’ll only need 4 ingredients (not counting spices) and about 20-25 minutes to have this ground beef skillet on the table.
Every serving is packed with 27 grams of protein, 20 grams of carbs, and just 270 calories. Leaving you with plenty of room for rice, noodles, or dare I say, dessert!
This recipe was inspired by my popular Sticky Sweet Ground Beef and Broccoli recipe. Be sure to check that out if you dig this one!
Sweet Chili Ground Beef and Brussels Sprouts Recipe Walkthrough
I’ll quickly run you through how to make this recipe below. You’ll find a few cooking tips and ingredient modification notes included as well.
How to Cook Ground Beef for Maximum Flavor
If you’ve tried my chipotle black bean chili, you’ve read my spiel about how important it is to get a little crust development on your meat before crumbling. The flavor is better, and the added texture goes a long way in simple dishes like this one.
Here’s a handful of tips for cooking ground beef like a pro:
- use oil, even if it’s just a tiny bit on top of the beef before adding to the skillet
- season well and allow the spices to bloom but not burn
- cast iron or stainless steel > nonstick
- put it in the pan and leave it alone for a few minutes
For this ground beef and brussels sprouts skillet, you’ll be seasoning with ground ginger, black pepper, and chili powder. But you can use the same principles with any spice combination. Take my Nashville Hot Chicken Burgers or Hamburger Steak and Gravy recipes, for example.
How to Cook Brussels Sprouts
I used a fresh bag of washed and trimmed brussels sprouts that can be microwaved right in the bag. If you’re using 100% fresh, remove the sprouts from the stalk, wash, and add to a dish with a tablespoon of water. Cover and microwave for a few minutes until tender.
You could also use frozen brussels sprouts like in my pan roasted honey mustard brussels sprouts recipe.
And I’m not sure if you can tell from the photos, but the brussels sprouts I used were on the smaller side. If you’re using really large brussels sprouts, you might want to quarter them instead of just halving.
Final Ground Beef and Brussels Sprouts Notes
Don’t take my cooking tips above as warnings—it’s virtually impossible to mess up this ground beef and brussels skillet. As long as you cook your beef and have tender brussels sprouts, you’ll be just fine.
Sweet Chili Sauce
I used Trader Joe’s sweet chili sauce, but you can find this sauce in most grocery stores. Look for a Thai-style chili sauce. Or you could make your own using The Flavor Bender’s sweet chili sauce recipe.
You can also use more sweet chili sauce than the recipe calls for if you have picky eaters in the house. And feel free add it after tossing when serving.
I used a 12″ cast iron skillet. If you use a smaller skillet, you may need to remove the ground beef after cooking to create space for the brussels sprouts to have enough contact with the skillet.
You can find the cast iron skillet I use, along with all my recommended kitchen tools and products, on my Amazon storefront. It’s a great investment and you could make my skillet pizza, loaded ground beef and potatoes, pan fried chicken thighs, and more exactly how they’re meant to be made!
Ground Beef and Brussels Sprouts
You can definitely use other ground meats like chicken or turkey. And if you’ve read this far but hate brussels sprouts, other veggies would work fine here. I mentioned my ground beef and broccoli recipe above, as an example.
Broccoli, green beans, zucchini, bok choy, or peppers all come to mind as alternatives.
Okay, that’s a wrap! If you have a question about this sweet chili ground beef skillet, leave a comment below or join my Facebook group with more than 10k healthy home cooks that would love to give you some tips!
- 1 lb Ground Beef, I used 96/4
- 12 oz Brussels Sprouts*, halved
- 1 Tbsp (16g) Chili Oil (or your choice of oil)
- 1 tsp Ground Ginger
- 1 tsp Chili Powder
- 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
- 1/2 C (120g) Sweet Chili Sauce**
- Microwave the brussels sprouts for 2 minutes or until tender before transferring to a cutting board. Cut them in half once they've cooled.
- Mix the dry spices together and sprinkle half over the top of the ground beef.
- Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat with the chili oil. Once the oil is hot, place the ground beef in the skillet seasoned side down. Sprinkle the remaining half of the spices on top of the beef.
- Cook for 2-3 minutes or until the bottom of the beef has developed a nice crust before flipping. Cook for another 2-3 minutes before using a spatula to break the beef down into crumbles. Cook until no pink remains.
- Push the cooked beef to the side of the pan and add the brussels sprouts to the skillet, cut side down. Cook for 6-8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until they've developed a slight char.
- Remove from the heat and mix the brussels sprouts and ground beef together. Drizzle the sweet chili sauce over the top and stir until evenly coated. Serve with rice or cauliflower rice, chopped scallions, toasted sesame seeds, or your choice of fixin's.
Each serving has 6 Smart Points.
*I used a bag of washed and trimmed fresh brussels sprouts. If you use frozen, microwave for about half the time listed on the packaging before halving.
**I used Trader Joe's sweet chili sauce. You can find alternatives from Thai Kitchen or Panda Express in Walmart and most grocery stores.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Servings Serving Size: 175g
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 270 Total Fat: 8g Carbohydrates: 20g Protein: 27g