Thai Curry Ground Beef (Slow Cooker or Stovetop)

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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.
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Thai Curry Ground Beef (Slow Cooker or Stovetop)

Thai Curry Ground Beef (Slow Cooker or Stovetop)

COOK TIME: 4 Hours
TOTAL TIME: 4 Hours, 15 Min
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  • 1 lb 95% lean ground beef
  • 1 leek, sliced thin
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger, minced
  • 2 tbsp red curry paste (more to taste)
  • 1/2 cup canned tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp lime zest
  • 1 tbsp low sodium soy sauce (or coconut aminos)
  • 1/2 cup canned light coconut milk
  • 1 lime, juice (plus more to taste)
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped

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Slow cooker: 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. If you are cooking this in a large slow cooker, I recommend doubling the recipe. This freezes well.


Stovetop: Heat a skillet over medium heat and spray with cooking spray. Add the leeks and cook for 4 minutes. Add the curry paste and cook for 1 minute. Add the beef, garlic, and ginger and cook until beef is no longer pink. Add the tomato sauce, lime zest, and soy sauce. Turn the heat down to low and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in coconut milk and fresh lime juice. Let cook for 2 more minutes.


Serve topped with fresh basil and more lime juice, soy sauce, or Asian hot sauce to your tastes. This is delicious as a lettuce wrap, served over rice or cauliflower rice, or served with rice noodles and vegetables.

Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: around 6 oz.
Amount Per Serving
Calories 206
Calories from Fat 19
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g
Saturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 70mg
Sodium 580mg
Total Carbohydrate 9g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 3g
Protein 25g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

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This has made it into the regular rotation in our house, even for my two-year-old. A winner!
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