Ground Beef & Mushroom Endive

Come in and try my savory Ground Beef & Mushroom Endive Boats, perfect for any gathering! Featuring a delightful blend of pan-fried ground beef, earthy mushrooms, and a zesty chili paste, these appetizers are not only delicious but also easy to make. Impress your guests with this flavorful dish that’s sure to leave them wanting more!

Ground beef and mushroom stuffed endives being picked up with hands, top down shot.

Why I Love This Recipe

As a passionate home cook, I’m always on the lookout for recipes that are both easy to make, undeniably delicious and my Ground Beef & Mushroom Endive recipe ticks all the boxes—it’s a creative fusion of Asian-inspired flavors using the base from my beloved Egg Roll In A Bowl and Ground Chicken Stir Fry recipes!

The juicy ground beef, infused with garlic and savory notes, are wrapped in the crisp, bitter crunch of the endive leaves just like in my Beef Lettuce Wrap dish. Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or simply craving a flavorful appetizer, this dish is sure to impress. So why wait? Dive into this culinary adventure now and elevate your appetizer game with this delightful recipe!



  • Ground Beef – 20/80 fat blends works best but 10/90 will work as well.
  • Endives – fresh endive leaves.
  • Dried Shiitake Mushrooms Dried Shiitake Mushrooms that is packaged and can be found at Asian grocery stores. Can substitute with fresh shiitake but will result in less umami flavors.
  • Salt – sea salt preferred.
  • Green Onion – freshly chopped green onion scallions.
  • Ginger – freshly grated.
  • Garlic freshly grated garlic clove.
  • Soy Sauce – low-sodium Soy Sauce preferred. Can also use tamari for gluten-free.
  • Toasted Sesame Oil – 100% Toasted Sesame Oil that should have a dark brown color.  
  • Sriracha – Asian style chill sauce.

Ingredient Substitutions

If you’re looking to switch up the meat in this recipe, you’re in luck! The meat mixture can easily be substituted with Ground Chicken, Ground Pork, or even a combination of both. Each option offers its own unique flavor profile, allowing you to customize the dish to your taste preferences.

🍄 Shiitake Note

You can use Fresh Shiitake Mushrooms if preferred in this recipe.

Ground beef and mushroom stuffed endives served on a wooden serving board with topped with chives.

Essential Kitchen Equipment

  • Wok or Deep Large Skillet


☑ Before Getting Started

Prep Your Ingredients in advance for efficiency and use a roomy Wok or Deep Skillet. Opt for High-Temperature Cooking Oil to achieve best results.

Step 1 Start by soaking the dried shiitake mushrooms in a bowl of water to rehydrate them. Once softened, finely chop them. If you’re using fresh shiitake mushrooms, you can skip this step and chop them directly.

Chopped shiitake mushrooms.

🍄 Shiitake Pro Tip

For a Quicker Rehydration of shiitake mushrooms, use Warm Water and place a bowl on top to Submerge them completely. This method expedites the process effectively.

Step 2 Add ground beef into a large frying pan or skillet and season it with salt, cooking until it’s nicely browned, approximately 5 minutes. Transfer the cooked beef to a separate plate, leaving the flavorful liquid in the skillet.

Ground beef in a frying pan.

🍳 Stir Frying Pro Tip

Avoid Overcrowding the pan, allowing the ground beef enough space to brown evenly. This pro tip ensures a even cook and flavorful result.

Step 3 In the same skillet, introduce green onion, garlic, and ginger, cooking until fragrant. Next, return the cooked ground beef to the skillet and drizzle in the soy sauce and toasted sesame oil, allowing the flavors to meld for about 30-60 seconds.

Ground beef in a frying pan mixed with various seasonings.

Step 4 Finally, scoop this flavorful mixture onto fresh endive leaves and generously drizzle Sriracha sauce on top for an extra kick of flavor.

Endives topped with ground beef mix.

🌶️ Spiciness Pro Tip

Adjust Sriracha sauce added at the end to control the level of spiciness according to your preference.

Pairing Recommendations

Enhance your appetizer spread by pairing the Ground Beef & Mushroom Endive Boats with other finger foods like Japanese Deviled Eggs, Miso Crab Stuffed Mushrooms, or Smoked Salmon Carpaccio. These dishes complement each other well, offering a variety of flavors and textures to satisfy every palate.

Ground beef and mushroom stuffed endives served on a wooden serving board with topped with chives.

Frequently Asked Questions

How far in advance can I prepare the filling for the endive boats?

While it's best to prepare the filling for the endive boats fresh, you can certainly prep it up to 24 hours in advance. Simply store it in an airtight container in the fridge. When you're ready to serve, warm it up in the microwave before assembling the endive boats.

Can I freeze the filled endive boats for later use?

While you can freeze the ground beef mixture for later use, unfortunately, the endive leaves do not freeze well. Therefore, it's not recommended to freeze the filled endive boats. It's best to enjoy them fresh for optimal taste and texture.

Can I use a different type of lettuce or leafy green if I can't find endives?

Yes, if you can't find endives, you can substitute them with green leaf lettuce. However, do note that while green leaf lettuce works as a replacement, the unique texture and taste that endive leaves bring to the dish may be slightly altered.

How many endive boats does this recipe typically yield?

This recipe typically yields around 10 endive boats, although the exact number may vary depending on the size of your endives.

Storage Tips

For optimal storage of leftovers, it’s best to store the endive leaves and ground beef mix separately in airtight containers in the fridge. The ground beef mix will maintain its quality for 5-7 days, while the endive leaves can be stored for 7-10 days.

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Ground beef and mushroom stuffed endives served on a wooden serving board with topped with chives.

Ground Beef & Mushroom Endive

Indulge in my savory Ground Beef & Mushroom Endive Boats—a delightful appetizer that's perfect for any occasion! These endive appetizer recipes are not only delicious but also easy to make, offering a flavorful twist on traditional finger foods. Try them out today and impress your guests with this crowd-pleasing dish!
5 from 6 votes
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian Fusion
Keyword: endive appetizer recipes, endive boats
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 10
Print Recipe
Calories: 124kcal



  • Gather all ingredients.
    Ingredients for ground beef & mushroom endives.
  • Soak the shiitake mushrooms in a bowl of water for about 5 minutes or until they become soft enough to handle. They may float, so you can use a plate to keep them submerged. After soaking, remove the stems from the shiitake mushrooms and dice them into 1/4-inch cubes. You can discard the stems.
    Chopped shiitake mushrooms.
  • Cut ends off endives, peel leaves and plate. Also chop green onions and grate garlic and ginger.
    Peeled endives.
  • In a skillet, add ground beef and sprinkle in salt. Cook on high heat until meat is browned, about 5 minutes and transfer beef to a holding plate while reserving liquid inside the skillet.
    Ground beef in a frying pan.
  • In the same skillet on medium-high heat, add chopped green onion, grated garlic, and grated ginger and cook until fragrant approx 1 minutes stirring constantly. Then add chopped mushrooms and continue stirring for 1 minutes.
    Grated ginger, garlic and onion in a frying pan.
  • Add ground beef back into the skillet along with soy sauce and toasted sesame oil, mix well and cook for an additional 1 minute.
    Ground beef in a frying pan mixed with various seasonings.
  • Scoop contents of the skillet into each endive and top with Sriracha.
    Endives topped with ground beef mix.


Calories: 124kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 282mg | Potassium: 141mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 24IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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