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Sunday Slow Cooker: Thai Curry Ground Beef

It is utterly impossible to take a pretty picture of this recipe. I tried over and over again to the point the food was cold and the house was hungry, but every photo came out the same – completely unappetizing. However, I challenge you to get past the photos and give this recipe a try. It’s full of delicious Thai flavors, including coconut milk and curry, and tastes great on a bed of rice or rolled up in cabbage leaves.

Also as some of you saw on Instagram (you can follow here), I shattered the lid to my crock pot earlier this week, so I ended up making this stovetop. However it is perfect for the slow cooker and will work great either way.

Slow Cooker Thai Curry Ground Beef
Servings: 4 servings
Serving Size: 1/4 recipe
Nutritional Info: 223.2 calories, 8.7g of fat, 8g of carbohydrates, 1.6g of fiber, 25.2g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 5 *


  • 1 lb. ground beef, 93% lean
  • 1 medium leek, sliced thin
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp. minced ginger
  • 1 tsp. – 1 tbsp. red curry paste
  • 1.5 cups tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp. lime zest
  • 1 tbsp. soy sauce (use gluten free for Paleo and Gluten Free diets)
  • 1/2 cup light coconut milk
  • 2 tsp. lime juice


  1. Option 1: Brown the ground beef and then add to the crockpot with the leek, garlic, ginger, red curry paste, tomato sauce, soy sauce, lime zest. Cook on low for 4 hours. Open the lid and stir in the coconut milk and lime juice. Let cook for 15 minutes longer and serve.
  2. Option 2: Heat a skillet over medium heat and spray with cooking spray. Add the leeks and cook for 4 minutes. Add the beef, garlic, and ginger and cook until beef is no longer pink. Stir in the curry paste and cook for 1 minute. Add the tomato sauce, lime zest, and soy sauce. Turn the heat down to low and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in the coconut milk and lime juice. Let cook for 2 more minutes.

* PointsPlus® calculated by Slender Kitchen; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

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7 Response to Sunday Slow Cooker: Thai Curry Ground Beef

  1. Tracey on June 2, 2013

    What kind of tomato sauce did you use (ie:brand) thanks!

    • Kristen on June 3, 2013

      I use a low sugar canned tomato sauce. I think the brand was Hunts, but I am not positive.

      • mellissa on June 4, 2013

        Hi, in the crockpot recipe it calls for lime juice 2 times did you mean lime zest first while it cooks them lime juice at the end like the stove top instructions? I prepared this last night for it to cook today. Should I add lime zest or lime juice while the crock pot slow cooks

  2. mellissa on June 3, 2013

    I will be making this tuesday night! thanks for posting!!

  3. Crystal Q. on June 3, 2013

    This was simply amazing!! I cannot thank you enough for posting it.

    I made some changes: used 93% lean ground turkey, added some curry, tumeric, and garam masala until it had the amount of flavor I wanted.

    I included the coconut milk, but I think the meal would be delicious without it.

    This will definitely be a meal I keep coming back to!

  4. Helen on June 16, 2013

    I think the picture looks amazingly delicious . I can’t wait to try it as is, over rice.

  5. Liz on October 9, 2013

    Sounds good. Thank you.


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