Thinly sliced beef, bell peppers, and Thai basil combine into this fast, flavorful Thai Basil Beef. Make your own Thai takeout in under 15 minutes!
Ah, October in the mid-Atlantic. Are you picturing doorsteps decorated with pumpkins, leaves changing color, and crisp, cool fall air? Think again, friends. We’re more than halfway through October, and it was 86 outside yesterday.
Yes, yes, I know – there are plenty of places where this is the norm. But we’re supposed to have fall! Give me crunchy leaves and cool temperatures! That’s coming next week? Okay, fine. In the meantime, I guess I’ll enjoy the longevity of my herb garden – like with this Thai basil beef. My herbs are still going strong, and if yours are, too — let’s keep on using them. (If yours aren’t, well, that’s why grocery stores exist, right?!)
Back in the spring, I shared a recipe for Thai Chicken with Holy Basil. In that post, I talk a little about the difference between Thai basil and Thai holy basil. If you’re able to find holy basil, use it! I’ve found cut holy basil at specialty markets, but never a plant (and have never had luck sprouting from clippings). Instead, I used the more ubiquitous Thai basil sold at big box garden stores across the country, which happens to be growing like a weed in my herb garden. Don’t worry, it’s still good.
Similar to Thai Chicken with Holy Basil, Thai Basil Beef is basically the ultimate weeknight meal. It’s comforting, delicious, and fast. Like, really fast. As in, 15 minutes start to finish fast. In the amount of time it takes to preheat your oven for frozen pizza, you can have a steaming hot bowl of Thai Basil Beef.