Think you can only get good noodles at takeout places? Think again! This Spicy Szechuan Beef Noodle dish packs a bite and is stocked full of crunchy veggies for the perfect fast weeknight dinner recipe.Follow my blog with Bloglovin
Why you should give this recipe a try
Some nights it’s good to test those taste buds. Give them a little workout. Treat them to a little heat. And this dinner does just that. That, and well, I’m liberal with the pepper.
This down and dirty weeknight stir fry packs a punch and doesn’t require anything too fancy from the market. Sure you may have to hunt down a spicy pepper or two, but after that, most of the ingredients are in your pantry, or like with all stir fry recipes, can be substituted on the fly.
So go on, make ’em sweat.
What are Szechuan Noodles?
Szechuan noodles are a VERY popular dish, served in Indian or Chinese restaurants. They are packed with flavor, spicy & hot made using Szechuan sauce which is basically a sauce made with ginger, garlic, soya sauce, red chili paste, vinegar & Sichuan peppercorn.
How to make Szechuan Beef Noodles
This is a super easy dish! First, you need to cook your noodles in salted boiling water according to the packaging. Any dried Chinese noodles or flat pasta like tagliatelle will work great for this recipe.
Meanwhile, you have to cook your ground beef in a large wok or skillet over high heat with a little bit of vegetable oil for around 3 minutes. Make sure you break your beef into smaller chunks if they are too big.
Then add the onion, garlic, ginger, and all the spices. Cook an additional 5 minutes or so until the onion is soft and the beef is cooked through. You can add now the red peppers and green beans and cook until they get crunchy.
Drain your cooked noodles and add them to the vegetable and beef mixture. Add some soy sauce or tamari in your skillet and stir it well.
Remove your beef noodles from the heat and stir in some finely sliced scallions.
For extra heat serve with some hot sauce (like sriracha) on the side. Enjoy!!!
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Spicy Szechuan Beef Noodles
- 1 lbs dried Chinese noodles or a flat pasta
- 3 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 lbs ground beef
- 1 onion minced
- 1 small red chile pepper such as fresno, seeded and minced
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 1 inch fresh ginger peeled and minced
- 2 tspn szechuan pepper or red pepper flakes
- 1 tspn Chinese five-spice powder
- 1/4 – 1/3 cup tamari or dark soy sauce
- 1 red pepper sliced
- 1 bunch green beans
- 1 bunch scallions thinly sliced on an angle
- Sriracha for serving
- Cook the noodles in salted boiling water according to direction on package. Drain.
- Meanwhile, in a large skillet or wok, heat the olive oil over high heat until smoking. Turn to coat pan.
- Add the beef, and cook, breaking up into smaller chunks, for 3 minutes.
- Add the onion, chile, garlic, ginger, Szechuan pepper, and five-spice powder to the beef.
- Cook until onion is softened and beef is cooked through, about 2 to 4 minutes longer. Add the red pepper and green beans and cook until crunchy.
- Add the noodles to the beef and veggie mixture. Stir in the tamari sauce.
- Remove from heat and toss with the scallions.
- Serve with additional chili sauce on the side.