Friday, January 28, 2011

Lettuce Wraps with Bulgogi and Pace Picante Sauce

As part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program, I received two bottles of Pace Picante Sauce. I love Pace Picante Sauce and frequently use it, for example in breakfast burritos (one of my early posts; wow, my blogging style has evolved a lot…) And several months ago, I made my first video post, making breakfast burritos using Pace Picante Sauce.

When I received the Pace Picante Sauce, I decided that I wanted to use it in an “unusual” dish that could be served at a Super Bowl Party. My mind wandered right away towards Korean food – I know, not a big surprise considering my love for Korean food. How about bulgogi (Korean, marinated beef) wrapped in lettuce? And instead of serving it with gochujang (Korean red pepper paste) and/or kimchi, I thought I’d try Pace Picante sauce. Unusual? Definitely. Tasty? You can find out at the end of the post!

Lettuce Wraps with Bulgogi (Korean Marinated Beef) and Pace Picante Sauce

  • Red leaf lettuce leaves, washed and dried
  • Bulgogi meat (sirloin, rib-eye steak, or tenderloin available thinly sliced in Korean grocery markets, or you can slice the steak paper-thin yourself). I like cutting the meat myself as I have more control over where my meat comes from. Putting the meat in the freezer before-hand makes cutting it paper-thin easier.

 Bulgogi Marinade
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 4-6 cloves garlic, minced (depending how much you love garlic)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
  • 2 green onions, cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • a little less than 1/4 cup sugar (I know this is a weird “measurement” but that’s what I do…)
  • 1/4 cup lemon/lime soda (Sprite, 7-Up, etc.)

  • Pace Picante Sauce
  • Cilantro

  1. Mix the beef marinade ingredients and pour them over the beef, making sure to cover each layer of beef.
  2. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least two hours.
  3. Heat some oil in a wok or frying pan, and cook the meat over high heat, turning it frequently.
  4. Serve the lettuce leaves, beef, Pace Picante Sauce, and cilantro separately and have your guests make their own lettuce wraps.

Even though I think hubby was quite skeptical when I first told him about my idea for this meal (I’m an expert at reading his non-verbal cues), he truly ended up loving the dish! And so did we all...

Thanks FoodBuzz Tastemaker Program and Pace Picante Sauce for inspiring this tasty, interactive, and fun meal! Smile

Questions: Have you ever had bulgogi? If so, did you like it? Are you going to watch the Super Bowl? If so, what are you going to eat? What’s your favorite party dish? 

Be well,


  1. Seriously, the salsa worked perfectly. Not once did I think of needing kimchi, gochujang, or daenjang. :)

  2. Oh my goodness, I can imagine how good it is! Just look at your hubby. haha... Thumbs up from me too. I am salivating, Adnrea. Thanks for sharing & wishing you best of luck. Hope you're having a great day.
    Cheers, Kristy

  3. Your bulgogi looks great! Love the Picante sauce idea too. I am Korean, and naturally your post title got my attention. I am glad I stopped by and found your awesome blog!

  4. Looks like a great meal! I have had bulgogi before at a multicultural festival. :)

  5. I will be making these! Thanks for sharing! I haven't used pace in awhile, but it should make a comeback=)

  6. I remember your breakfast burrito video post! The toddler was so cute (as always!)! These lettuce wraps look fantastic! I'm a big fan of bulgogi, although I've never tried it in a lettuce wrap - what a great idea :)

    Have a great Sunday, Andrea!

  7. This is fusion food at it's best!!! I love it Andrea, and I wish I could join your hubby in a giant bite! It sounds wonderful.

    I can read Nick's verbal ques really well too, I love that. Sometimes he's shocked at how good I am at reading his "mind".

    I am not watching the Super Bowl. In fact, I never have. I do watch the commercials the next day though, ha!

  8. That seems like a really creative dish and use for the picante sauce. So glad your husband ended up liking it. I can't imagine you mess to many things up in the kitchen.

  9. i used to eat Pace Picante like it was going out of style! (love any type of salsa though, i practically eat it straight from the jar.) for the Super Bowl, we'll have to tape it and watch it later. (time difference and all that.) hope you're enjoying your weekend! :)

  10. This looks excellent! I have never had bulgogi but will definitely be giving it a try. yum!!!

  11. OMG!!! Totally tasty!!!! I love that you added it to a Korean dish, Andrea! Hahaha, Andy certainly looks happy! :D

  12. Never even heard of bulgogi! But I do love lettuce wraps. I've never made a lettuce wrap that was quite so gourmet - but WOW does that look delicious.

  13. Anonymous1/30/2011

    wow that is such a great recipe. how interestng to pair these flavors together and what a yummy outcome. your hubby looks so cute :)

  14. This is a must bake. I've never tried Bulgogi Marinade before and I find it very interesting. I love the thin flavorful beef on lettuce wraps. Terrific use of Pace. I have some sent to me too. I'm not sure my dish will be anywhere near as creative!


  15. YUM! These look delicious! I love Pace salsa when I'm camping for some reason.

  16. The Bulgogi marinade sounds fabulous!!! I've never tried it before, but I think I should! The meat looks so pretty on the bright lettuce. What a fresh, light meal....

  17. My mouth is watering...seriously! I haven't had bulgogi since college, but I think I am going to make it this weekend thanks to this post.

    Not food related, but I am currently looking for suggestions on music to listen to when I work out. My resolution for 2011 is to find more high energy music than the normal Top 40 stuff. While searching for music I found this video, its pretty funny and the song gets me moving. Wait until the end for a url to get the song for free:

    Music suggestions welcome. Any songs you can’t go to the gym without?

  18. You know I probably never would have thought of that combo but I can totally see how it works. What a great idea.

  19. I make bulgogi all the time, but the soda is a new twist for me. Will definitely try your recipe as kimchi is NOT one of our favorites! : )

  20. Yum, thanks for the recipe! We LOVE bulgogi in our home, but usually go out for it. I like the idea of making it at home because, like you mentioned, I'll have more control over what's actually in it.