Mediterranean Ground Beef Stir Fry

This Mediterranean ground beef stir fry is what a quick and healthy dinner is all about! It’s loaded with savory veggies, classic coastal seasonings, and packs in a ton of flavor without the need for a sauce.

Mediterranean ground beef stir fry in a pan with a slotted spoon.

I hummed and hawed on what to call this recipe as ground beef is not typically what you’d consider mediterranean food. But the blistered tomatoes, bell pepper, baby spinach, green onion, and garlic are most definitely Mediterranean in nature. So consider it a healthier, veggie-packed ground beef stir fry that’s light in flavor. A divergence from your typical Asian chicken stir fry flavors, yet delicious in a whole new way!

And speaking of flavors and sauces, there’s actually no sauce in this recipe. Once the tomatoes break down they become oozy and liquidy, and that melds with the garlic and oregano and douses the rest of the ingredients in garlicky, Mediterranean goodness. You’re gonna love it.

Ingredients for Mediterranean ground beef stir fry on a table.

What’s In This Mediterranean Stir Fry?

From the blistered tomatoes to bell pepper and oregano, this non traditional stir fry is made from the best Mediterranean ingredients.

  • Bell Pepper: Red bell pepper is ideal for its natural sweetness and vibrant red color, but any color works!
  • Cherry Tomatoes: Grape tomatoes can be a substitution, but cherry tomatoes are ideal here since they’re much juicier and blister beautifully in a pan.
  • Baby Spinach: It’s amazing how much a small tub of spinach wilts down, so while it may look like a lot, trust me, it’s not too much.
  • Garlic and Green Onion: Essential alliums give the recipe a punch of fresh flavor.
  • Ground Beef: You’ll need one pound for this recipe. But if you’re not a fan of beef, you can also use ground chicken or turkey.
  • Oregano: Can’t do a savory Mediterranean dish without oregano!
  • Crumbled Feta: This can be optional if you’re dairy-free. Otherwise, the crumbled feta really adds a delicious Mediterranean flair.

Find the printable recipe with measurements below.

Cooking Mediterranean ground beef stir fry in a pan.

Let’s Make The Best Stir Fry Recipe!

What I love about stir fries is that they’re SO easy to make, yet just as flavorful as a recipe that takes hours. So grab a large pan and let’s get cooking.

  • Saute the tomatoes and bell pepper. Heat the oil in a large pan, then saute the bell pepper and cherry tomatoes for 4 to 5 minutes, until the tomatoes are blistered. Then add the garlic and stir for another minute.
  • Cook the spinach and green onion. Add the spinach and white parts of the green onion. Then stir for another 2 to 3 minutes, until the spinach has wilted. Remove these veggies to a plate.
  • Cook the ground beef. Add the beef, oregano, salt, and pepper to the pan, and use a spatula to break up the meat. When it’s browned, drain off any excess liquid.
  • Combine everything together! Transfer the veggies back to the pan, add the green parts of the green onion, and stir everything together. Then garnish with crumbled feta before serving it up.

Ways To Serve This Mediterranean Ground Beef Stir Fry

Honestly, I can just eat this as is with a sprinkle of feta because it’s that good. But if you want to make it a well rounded meal, here’s a few other fun ways to serve it.

  • Serve over a bed of rice or lentils for an extra filling meal.
  • Use this as a filling for a butter leaf lettuce wrap (great for a low-carb option!).
  • For all my egg lovers, top a plate of this with a fried egg or poached egg.
A plate of Mediterranean ground beef stir fry next to a bowl of feta.

How To Store Leftovers

This dish makes for great leftovers and meal prep for the week!

  • To store: This will keep for up to 4 to 5 days in the fridge in a sealed container. Just make sure to let it cool before closing the lid.
  • To freeze: Alternatively, you can freeze this for up to 3 months.

More Easy Ground Beef Recipes

From stuffed peppers to a big pot of chili, here’s a few comfort food favorites.

If you make this ground beef stir fry, let me know how it turned out! I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below.

A stainless steel pan with Mediterranean ground beef stir fry

Mediterranean Ground Beef Stir Fry

4.97 from 56 votes
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan
This easy and healthy ground beef stir fry recipe is loaded with the best of Mediterranean flavors. From blistered tomatoes to crumbled feta, an easy dinner doesn't get any better than this!

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 red bell pepper, deseeded and diced
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 8 ounces baby spinach (small tub)
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 green onion, thinly sliced, white and green parts separated
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons crumbled feta

Instructions 

  • Heat the oil in a large pan on medium-high heat. Add the bell pepper and cherry tomatoes and saute for 4-5 minutes, until the tomatoes are blistered, and saucy. Add the garlic and stir another minute.
  • Add the spinach and white parts of the green onion. Note that the spinach will take up most of the pan, but it will wilt down. Stir for another 2-3 minutes, until the spinach has wilted. Remove these veggies to a plate.
    Sauteing tomatoes and spinach for Mediterranean ground beef stir fry
  • Add the ground beef, oregano, salt, and pepper to the pan, and use a spatula to break up the meat. Cook the ground beef until it's browned, then drain off any excess grease.
    Cooking ground beef in a pan for a stir fry.
  • Transfer the veggies back to the pan, add the green parts of the green onion, and stir until warmed through. Garnish with crumbled feta before serving.
    Mediterranean ground beef stir fry in a metal pan next to a napkin.

Nutrition

Calories: 304kcal, Carbohydrates: 11g, Protein: 27g, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 8g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 81mg, Sodium: 230mg, Potassium: 1038mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 6927IU, Vitamin C: 83mg, Calcium: 141mg, Iron: 5mg
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: beef stir fry, Ground Beef Recipe, Mediterranean Ground Beef Stir Fry
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128 comments on “Mediterranean Ground Beef Stir Fry”

  1. Made this tonight. It came out amazing. I don’t like green onions so I used sweet red onions and added calamata olives for the saltiness. With the feta the saltiness was just perfect over brown rice. I’m glad I have leftovers. Thank you for the recipe5 stars

  2. Delicious!  Added crushed chilis and didn’t use cheese (kashrut).  Placed on top of hearts of palm pasta.5 stars

  3. Made this recipe for the first time tonight.  I used ground turkey and added kalamata olives.  Delicious!! Luckily I doubled the recipe so I can leftovers. 5 stars

  4. So tasty and super easy! I used ground turkey instead and it was delicious. Thank you!!5 stars

  5. I made this as written. We didn’t find this recipe to have much flavor. The feta definitely helps. The more the better.

  6. Sooo good! The only change I made was adding zucchini. This recipe will definitely be added to the rotation! 5 stars

  7. This was very simple, quick to throw together, and the results were very delicious. Served over a bed of rice as suggested and it made for a very filling entree.  Cannot wait to have the leftovers tomorrow.5 stars

  8. This was really good and I’ll definitely make again. Once the meat was cooked, I added 1 cup cooked quinoa to bulk it up. Next time I’ll double the recipe because I want leftovers!5 stars

  9. Made it again. Better than I remembered! I had to sub red onion for green, but it was fine. 

    If you like black olives they would take it up a notch. I’ll do it next time. 5 stars

  10. Excellent. So easy, so healthy, so good! 5 stars

  11. Love this dish. Super easy and is great as leftovers. I usually serve it over some Haiga Rice and often use Bison instead of Beef.5 stars

  12. This recipe is downright one of the best recipes to have in your recipe arsenal/folder…specifically with ground beef.  It’s easy to get in a rut with ground beef recipes (tacos/sloppy joes/meatballs/etc.) but this recipe is a mainstay in our rotation now and it’s easy to make with +/- any amount ingredient listed.  As previous review recommended, we add Kalamata olives when stirring in the green onions at the end and love the addition combined with the feta…well done with this recipe construction.5 stars

  13. Very simple and tasty. I served it over brown rice.5 stars

  14. This recipe is so Delicious and so nice to have something different then your Traditional  tacos. I do add some Greek seasoning to the dish while it cooks. Then we use plain Greek yogurt  instead is sour cream on are hard shells and It turns out very flavorful each time. 5 stars

  15. How can something so simple be so flavoursome! I made this, but did not have Spinach. Looking in the fridge I had a large packet of fresh coriander leaves. So I decide to just use it up. The fragrance of the Oregano and Coriander might have clashed, but it did not affect our impression of the dish. Absolutely delicious! We then grilled some Ciabatta Bread with Black Olives in them, stuffed loads of this in between with the cheese on top. Made a terrific meal. Kids loved it so much they want it again!5 stars

  16. Mine is a question, I only have boneless chicked thighs, would that work?

    • I think ground chicken might be a bit better, as boneless skinless chicken thighs will need a bit more seasoning for more flavor.

  17. Fast, clean simple ingredients. ❤️ delicious 5 stars

  18. Made this for my family. I didn’t have Spinach so i substituted with Kale. Other than that I followed the Recipe. Everyone in my family loves this Recipe. Def going to be one of the recipes we go back to.
    Thank you for this recipe. Look forward to making it again.

  19. Hello! Can I make this dish with ground pork? It’s what I have in the freezer at the moment. Will it alter the taste? Thank you and love getting your emails!

  20. We really loved this and love Meditteranean cuisine but we did find it bland. We will definitely make this again but we will add double the oregano and maybe some basil and cumin. We did add kalamata olives as a personal preference. We have tried many of your recipes and love them all. Thank you.4 stars

    • This is just a basic stir fry that can always be tweaked with additional spices and ingredients to make it even heartier :)

  21. Made this tonight expecting to have leftovers. Not a chance! Served it over 1/2 cup of rice and it was a huge hit! Very filling, delicious, and healthy. I chopped the spinach which eliminated stems in each mouthful. This recipe is in my “KEEP” book now!  Next time I might throw some Kalamata olives in it.5 stars

  22. I’m not even sure my last review had time enough to be posted and I’ve already made this again!!! So good!! This time my daughter requested it be tried with ground chicken and was just as good!! This will be added to our weekly rotation!! And such an easy, one pot recipe – can’t beat it!!!5 stars

  23. This was so amazing! I come from a large family, and as a result, I always cook meals way bigger than I should and have tons of leftovers (cooking for 3 but making enough to feed 8 or 9). With this, I barely had enough for ONE! My fiancé told me that I HAVE to triple the recipe next time. This is a definite keeper! The only change I made was adding parmesan instead of feta cheese (it’s what I had on hand). Super easy to make, doesn’t take too long, and healthy! Definitely amazing!5 stars

  24. This was delicious, this will be on repeat! Thanks Lisa! 5 stars

  25. We prepared this dish for dinner recently and everyone loved it! All of the ingredients are readily available. It was simple to make. The dish is pleasing to the eye and it was really good! It will be a regular at home and when camping.5 stars

  26. This was great. Entire family liked it so it is on rotation here!  If I leave the feta cheese out, how drastically does the sodium get reduced?bi would like to make this for my friend but she is on a low sodium diet.

    • You can omit the feta cheese if you’d like! But, I’m not sure exactly how much sodium would be reduced, and if it’s enough for your friend. I would have your friend use a separate calculator for that if she has one :)

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