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Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Karen Shinto Photo by: Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Karen Shinto

Bison and Water Chestnut Lettuce Cups

Bison is leaner than beef, making it a good choice for a healthy dinner like this one. The spicy Sriracha sauce squirted on at the end is the key seasoning.

Sunset JANUARY 2012

  • Yield: Serves 4
  • Total:25 Minutes


  • 1 pound lean ground bison or ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons Asian black bean sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1 can (8 oz.) sliced water chestnuts, rinsed, drained, and coarsely chopped
  • 1/3 cup sliced green onions
  • 1/2 cup chopped roasted unsalted peanuts
  • 1 large head butter lettuce, separated into leaves
  • Sriracha chili sauce


1. Combine bison, ginger, and garlic in a large frying pan over medium heat. Cook, stirring to break up meat, until browned, 6 to 8 minutes. Add bean sauce and hoisin and stir just until combined. Stir in water chestnuts and onions.

2. Spoon bison mixture into a serving bowl. Put peanuts in a small bowl and set lettuce leaves on a platter. Serve with Sriracha.

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 433
  • Calories from fat: 59%
  • Protein: 27g
  • Fat: 28g
  • Saturated fat: 1.4g
  • Carbohydrate: 17g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Sodium: 249mg
  • Cholesterol: 80mg

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