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Crispy Chili Beef

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Keyword: asian beef recipe, best crispy chili beef recipe, chinese beef recipe, crispy chili beef, easy crispy chili beef recipe
Servings: 4


  • 1 chili pepper deseed & sliced
  • ½ red bell pepper sliced
  • ½ sweet onion sliced
  • ¾ cup cornstarch
  • 2 cups + 2 tbsp (divided) canola, vegetable or peanut oil


  • 1 lb sirloin or flank steak
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp grated garlic
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • ½ tsp sugar


  • 3 tbsp sweet chili sauce
  • 3 tbsp ketchup
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp black vinegar or substitute for balsamic vinegar



  • Clean and pat dry the steak. Slice the meat into strips. Place them in a bowl/plate.
  • Add all the marinate ingredients (soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, garlic, cornstarch) together and mix well. Cover and marinate for 15 minutes.
  • After 15 minutes, add ¾ cup cornstarch and mix well until evenly coated.


  • Add 2 cups of oil to the pan and bring the heat to medium (325°F/162°C). Wait for 5 minutes. Stick a wooden stick into the pan and if it sizzles, it's ready.
  • Carefully place the beef into the pan. Fry them in batches careful not to overcrowd as they may stick to each other. Cook for 5-6 minutes or until golden brown per batch. 
  • Place them on paper towel (this will remove some excess oil).


  • In a small bowl: Combine all the sauce ingredients together and mix. Set aside.


  • Heat a wok/skillet to medium-high and add 2 tbsp oil.
  • Add sliced onion and cook for 2-3 minutes or until they become translucent.
  • Add slice red bell pepper and cook for 1 minute.
  • Place the cooked beef into wok/pan.
  • Pour the sauce over the meat and mix/stir until coated evenly.
  • Add sliced chili pepper and mix.

Serve with rice and enjoy!