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Easy Ground Beef Ramen Noodles

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You can easily make a tasty dinner for the family using a pound of ground beef ground beef, a few pacakges of curly ramen noodles, and a simple sauce! With a few extra pantry items, you can whip up this delicious and easy ground beef Ramen noodles that the family will love.

I keep Ramen noodles on hand because my daughter likes them for lunch. It doesn’t matter what Ramen noodles you have in the house for this recipe because we’re only going to use the noodles. So whatever noodles you have in your pantry will work.

ground beef ramen noodles in skillet plus in red bowl

Also, I always keep some ground beef in my freezer for meals. I do have to plan ahead to make sure I thaw the beef. However, in a pinch, I can help it defrost by using the microwave.

ground beef ramen noodles in red bowl with skillet in background

To start this dish, you brown the beef over medium heat in a large skillet along with some red bell pepper. After fully cooking the meat and ensuring it’s no longer pink, drain off any excess grease.

While cooking the beef, you can also cook the noodles. Just get a pot of water boiling and add in 3 packages of just the noodles from the Ramen noodles package. They should only take about 3 minutes to cook.

When you drain the water from the cooked noodles, make sure to save a cup of the pasta water. You will need it for the sauce.

Once the beef is ready, add in the garlic and ginger to cook with the beef for about a minute. Now, it’s time to add in the sauce ingredients. You’ll add the peanut butter, hoisin sauce, sweet Thai chili sauce, and soy sauce to the skillet. Then, mix until combined.

Now, add in some of that pasta water to thin the sauce. Start with 1/4 cup of the water and add more if needed.

Then, toss in the cooked Ramen noodles. Season this all with salt and pepper to taste. You can always add in some more water if the sauce is still to thick.

skillet of ground beef ramen noodles next to some served up in a bowl

Can I use a different type of meat instead of ground beef?
Yes, you can substitute ground beef with ground turkey, chicken, or even pork. Each will bring a slightly different flavor to the dish, but they all work well with the peanut sauce.

How do I make the peanut sauce if I have a peanut allergy?
If you have a peanut allergy, you can use almond butter or sunflower seed butter as a substitute. The taste will be slightly different, but it will still provide a creamy and nutty flavor.

Can I use a different type of noodle instead of ramen?
Absolutely! You can use soba noodles, udon noodles, or even spaghetti if you don’t have ramen noodles on hand. Adjust the cooking time according to the type of noodles you use.

How do I store leftovers?
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat, you can use a microwave or a skillet. Add a splash of water or broth to help loosen up the sauce as it heats.

What vegetables can I add to this dish?
You can add a variety of veggies such as zucchini, broccoli, snap peas, carrots, or baby corn. Stir-fry the vegetables until tender-crisp before adding them to the noodles and sauce.

bowl of ground beef ramen nnodles with peanut sauce

Ground Beef Ramen Noodles

Real Mom Kitchen

This quick and flavorful recipe combines browned ground beef and diced red bell pepper with ramen noodles in a rich peanut sauce. Garnish with chopped scallions and sesame seeds for an extra touch, and enjoy a delicious, easy-to-make meal in no time.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Asian
Servings 4 servings
Calories 388 kcal


  • 1 pound extra lean ground beef
  • ½ red bell pepper diced
  • 4 Tbsp creamy peanut butter
  • 3 Tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 1 Tbsp sweet Thai chili sauce
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp grated fresh ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 (3 oz each) packages ramen noodles, seasoning packets discarded
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • chopped scallions optional garnish
  • sesame seeds optional garnish


  • In a skillet, brown the ground beef with the red bell pepper. After fully cooking the beef, drain off any excess grease.
  • While the beef is cooking, boil a pot of water. Cook the ramen noodles only (disgard seasoning packets) for about 3 minutes until al dente. Drain, reserving 1 cup of pasta water.
  • Add the minced garlic and ginger to the cooked beef. Cook for 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
  • Add peanut butter, hoisin sauce, red chili sauce (if using), and soy sauce to the skillet with the beef. Mix well.
  • Pour in 1/4 cup of reserved pasta water to thin the sauce. Add more if needed to reach the desired consistency.
  • Add the cooked ramen noodles into the skillet, making sure to coat them well with the sauce. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Garnish with chopped green onions and/or sesame seeds if desired. Serve immediately.


Serving: 1 serving | Calories: 388kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 1066mg | Potassium: 582mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 469IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 4mg
Keyword ramen, ramen stir fry
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This recipe is adapted from Salt & Lavendar.

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