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Crock Pot Beef Curry

4.5 from 8 votes

posted: 11/06/14

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Crock Pot Beef Curry is an easy weeknight meal. Packed with bold flavors, this is a delicious take on comfort food and a recipe you will want to come back to over and over.

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If you’re ever in the mood for delicious take-out but just don’t have the budget, make this Crock Pot Beef Curry. As the name so conveniently implies, you cook this beef curry in the slow cooker so the beef becomes super fall-apart tender. The savory smell permeates your home, making you feel all cozy and warm while the crock pot does all the work!

My family loves this dish because it tastes like I spent hours over a hot stove, when in reality it comes together fast and takes very little effort on my part. Your family will eat it up and you’ll feel like a rock star!

Reader Review

I made this yesterday and it is delicious!! I didn’t use cornstarch to thicken. Really great recipe and super easy.

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Beef Curry

This Beef Curry is full of delicious flavor and melt in your mouth pieces of beef. My family loves this recipes so much, and I know yours will too!

Slow Cooker Beef Curry Ingredients

This beef curry recipe is made with easy to find ingredients, so don’t worry about searching high and low for obscure spices and ingredients. Here’s all you need for this simple recipe:

  • Beef: I use chuck roast cut into cubes. Any kind of stew beef will work great.
  • Sweet Potatoes: I love the sweet flavor of these buttery potatoes. You could also use russets or red potatoes if you wish.
  • Carrots: Cut into bite size pieces.
  • Ginger: You can find pieces of ginger root in the produce section of the grocery store. If you store the ginger root in your freezer it can last for several months!
  • Coconut Milk: Try to find coconut milk instead of regular milk for a rich flavor. Find cans of coconut milk in the Asian foods aisle of your grocery store.
  • Garlic: This recipe calls for a couple of cloves, minced, but you can add one or two more for extra garlic flavor.
  • Crushed Tomatoes: You can use fresh tomatoes if you like, but an easy option is to toss in a can of crushed tomatoes.
  • Curry Powder: True to its name, this recipe comes to life with sweet, slightly smoky curry powder flavor. Read more on this below.
  • Kosher Salt
  • Corn Starch: Use corn starch and some water to thicken the sauce just before serving.

How to Make Crock Pot Beef Curry

This is a quick overview of just how simple this recipe is. For the full recipe with all of the measurements, see the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  1. Combine ingredients in the slow cooker. Add the beef, carrots, potatoes, ginger, coconut milk, garlic, crushed tomatoes, curry powder, and salt.
  2. Cook on low. Because we are using beef here, you will have the best results cooking the recipe low and slow. It will make for the most tender beef.
  3. Thicken the sauce. At the end of the recipe, remove a small amount of the hot cooking liquid. Whisk in the cornstarch until the mixture is smooth. Add the mixture to the crockpot and stir to combine.

Slow Cooker

This 6 quart slow cooker is my absolute favorite. I actually own two of them.
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Curry Powder

Curry Powder is a seasoning mix, just like taco seasoning is. Because of this, the flavors of it are going to vary from brand to brand depending on how much of each spice the brand uses. Typically curry powder includes turmeric, coriander, cumin, salt, ginger, fenugreek, cayenne, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. The spice level of the curry powder depends on how much cayenne powder is used. This recipe uses 2 tablespoons total, and our whole family loves it, even the ones who are averse to spice.

Storing Leftovers

Leftovers should be stored separate from the rice. Store them in an air-tight container for up to five days. Warm leftovers in the microwave in a covered container at half power. As with all recipes, use your best discretion when it comes to leftovers.

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More Slow Cooker Dinners

If you make this recipe or any of my other recipes, leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

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4.50 from 8 votes

Crock Pot Beef Curry

Serves: 6 servings
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Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 6 hours 10 minutes
Crock Pot Beef Curry is an easy weeknight meal. Packed with bold flavors, it tastes just like takeout, but without the crazy price tag!


  • 2.5 pounds chuck roast cubed
  • 2 medium carrots peeled and diced
  • 1 large sweet potato peeled and diced
  • 13.6 ounces light coconut milk
  • 14.5 ounces crushed tomatoes
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon ginger minced
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt (if you only have table salt, start with half)
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch


  • Add the beef, carrots, and sweet potatoes to the slow cooker.
    2.5 pounds chuck roast, 2 medium carrots, 1 large sweet potato
  • Add in the coconut milk, crushed tomatoes, garlic, curry powder, ginger, and salt. Stir to combine.
    13.6 ounces light coconut milk, 14.5 ounces crushed tomatoes, 2 garlic cloves, 2 tablespoons curry powder, 1 tablespoon ginger, 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • Cook everything on low for six hours. Pull out a few tablespoons of the hot cooking liquid. Whisk in the cornstarch until smooth. Stir that mixture back into the slow cooker to thicken the sauce.
    1 tablespoon corn starch
  • Enjoy over rice.
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: dinner
Cuisine: Indian
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  1. Julia says

    I hope you are able to get your health issues figured out and feel well again soon. This recipe does seem like it would help a person feel better. Hopefully you can taste the goodness. Or does the burning mouth make that difficult too?

  2. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says

    Oh my gosh. I hope you’re feeling better now!!! How annoying. Mom’s just have it hard with doctor visits. Took me 5 years to go!!

  3. Sharon says

    I was hesitant to make this because there were no comments but I needed a quick crock pot recipe to make before leaving for my 2nd shift job so hubby wouldn’t feed the kids fast food! AnywAy I was sure the kids would hate it (8,8,2) but all three gobbled it up. I have yet to try it but taking it to work for dinner tonight and if my kids will eat it it’ s gotta be good! I might Brown the meat next time but definitely adding it to the rotation. Thanks!

    • Lisa Longley says

      Sharon, thank you so much for leaving this comment! It means so much to me when readers come back to tell me that a recipe worked out! I mean, I only post stuff that I love, but I’m just one person. It helps to have other people try it and back me up :) And yes, most people brown meant for slow cooker meals like this . . . but I’m a lazy cook ;)

  4. Erin says

    cirious to know how many servings you usually get out of this? Also do you know the nutritional info on this? Thanks in advance!!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I think we got about six adult sized servings when served with rice. I don’t know the nutritional information, but have you tried using My Fitness Pal? I use that to calculate all the calories for my meals when I’m more on top of my game than I am right now, lol

  5. Heather says

    I never, EVER make comments on people’s websites about recipes. Until now! Made this tonight to serve over brown rice and I was shocked at how wonderful it was! I doubled the salt and added a few healthy grinds of fresh black pepper at the end. You could easily thicken this recipe with arrowroot powder to stay away from the cornstarch but I had a little on hand so I used it up on this. The stew meat was perfectly tender and the depth of flavor was impressive! My husband had two bowls and contemplated a third :-) I’m actually looking forward to the leftovers tomorrow because we all know these dishes are even better after sitting in the fridge. Thank you thank you!!

    • Lisa Longley says

      This comment totally made my day, Heather! Thank you!! It means so much to me when people come back to leave comments and vouch for my recipes. Thank you!

  6. Emma says

    This is a wonderful recipe! I love that it uses cheap easy spices that are always sitting in my pantry. I made this tonight in my pressure cooker. I cooked it for 30min on high pressure in a 10PSI cooker. It’s fall apart tender. Beautiful, definitely one to add to my repertoire! Thank you!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad you liked it Emma!

  7. Tina says

    Do you cube the chuck roast before you add it to the crockpot? And does this have a big coconut taste? I’m making it tomorrow!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so late answering Tina! Sorry! You do cube the meat and it has somewhat of a coconut taste, but it’s not over powering. I hope you liked it.

  8. Karen Adams says

    5 stars
    Made this for dinner tonight and had with brown rice…yummy..have another 4 meals from it as well.
    Thank you this is a beautiful curry receipe..


    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so happy you liked it Karen!


    4 stars
    I totally put too much salt (I did a TBSP instead of tsp) and, while it was a little salty, it was really yummy. I will for sure be making this again, and I will read the directions a bit better!!

    • Lisa Longley says

      Its good to know it still turned out even with triple the salt!

  10. Francis says

    5 stars
    Delicious! Even my picky eaters loved it!

    • Lisa Longley says

      My favorite type of comment to get!

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