CommonGround volunteer Susan Littlefield shares a recipe for Saucy Beef Wraps with Pure Nebraska viewers. In the summer months, her family enjoys them in lettuce wraps.

Saucy Beef Wraps – (Lettuce Wraps)


  • 1 lb. ground beef 93% lean
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 or 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1/3 cup canned black beans, rinsed, drained
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 Romain lettuce leaves or 4 flour tortillas 8-9" diameter


  • Brown Ground Beef with onion, bell pepper and garlic in large nonstick skillet over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes, breaking beef up into 1/2-inch crumbles. Pour off drippings, if necessary.
  • Stir in water, tomato paste, brown sugar, vinegar, chili powder and salt; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 5 minutes or until slightly thickened. Add spinach, beans and carrots; continue simmering 3 to 4 minutes or until heated through.
  • Spoon filling evenly in a row across center of each lettuce leaf or tortilla, leaving 1-1/2-inch border on right and left sides. If using tortillas, fold right and left sides of tortilla over filling. Fold bottom edge up over filling and roll up.


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