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Slow Cooker Beef Keema Curry

This slow cooker beef keema curry is perfect if you want a set-and-forget slow cooker recipe.

Keema is usually made with either minced lamb or beef. It is an Indian dish that reminds me of a cross between bolognese and chilli – it’s kind of like a curried stew.

It’s the perfect meal to make in a slow cooker because you literally chuck it all in the slow cooker pot and leave it to slow cook for pretty much the whole day.


How To Make Slow Cooker Keema

As mentioned already, this is a quick set it and forget it slow cooker mince recipe. It’s ideal for preparing before a busy day so that you have a tasty dinner to come home to.

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slow cooker beef keema ingredients

All you need are the following ingredients;

  • Fresh beef or lamb mince
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Spices (see below)
  • Red chilli
  • Potatoes – either new potatoes or white potatoes chopped.
  • Frozen green peas or spinach

What Spices Are Used In Beef Keema?

Usually, a mix of spices, including garam masala, turmeric, cinnamon, coriander, cumin, ginger, and chilli.

I used the following combination of spices;

  • 1tbsp garam masala
  • 2tsp turmeric
  • 2tsp coriander
  • 1tsp ginger

Preparing Keema Ingredients In the Slow Cooker

I find it easiest to mix the spices in with the chopped tomatoes before adding them all to the slow cooker with the mince.

Then, add all the ingredients to the slow cooker – apart from the frozen peas or spinach, they go in at the end.

I used chopped peeled Maris Piper potatoes, but you can use new potatoes or another potato variety.

Then, stir everything together.

keema ingredients mixed together in slow cooker

Once everything is nicely stirred together, pop the lid on and leave it to cook on low for around 8 hours, depending on your day.

It can also be cooked on high for 4 hours if you don’t have enough time.

If you are adding in some frozen peas or spinach leaves, add these in the last half an hour before you are ready to eat.

When you add the peas/spinach, if it looks like it needs to be a little thicker, just leave the lid off.

adding peas to slow cooker beef keema

Usually, Keema is served with Indian naan bread, but we just used pitta bread (because that’s all we had!)

I hope you enjoy this slow cooker beef keema recipe; let me know in the comments what you think!

beef keema

Slow Cooker Beef Keema

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 5 minutes

Beef keema is the ideal curry to make in a slow cooker. It's simple to prepare and can be left to slow cook while you get on with your day.


  • 500g to 750g minced beef
  • 2 x tins 400g chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp garam masala
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 2 tsp coriander
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 red chilli, sliced
  • salt and pepper to season (optional)
  • 2 large potatoes, chopped
  • 200 g frozen green peas


  1. Mix spices and chopped tomatoes together.
  2. Apart from the frozen peas, add everything to the slow cooker pot and stir well to mix together.
  3. Set off on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours.
  4. 30 minutes before the end, stir in the frozen peas (and/or spinach leaves if you are using them).


  • Swap minced beef for minced lamb if you wish.
  • Use new potatoes, sweet potatoes or any potato you prefer!
  • Leave the lid off for 30 minutes to thicken if required.
  • Serve with naan bread or pitta pockets.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 904Total Fat: 42gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 192mgSodium: 769mgCarbohydrates: 62gFiber: 11gSugar: 14gProtein: 69g

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Hayley Cranswick

Wednesday 10th of February 2021

Hi there. Just wondering if you brown the mince first or just put it in raw? Thanks


Wednesday 10th of November 2021

@Hayley Cranswick, i brown my mince first same if i do chicken in slow cooker brown it off xx


Saturday 25th of January 2020

Love the keema curry. Made it so many times. Have bought your soup maker and pressure cooker books. Is there a slow cooker recipe book i could buy?

Liana Green

Monday 27th of January 2020

Hi Julie - thanks for your comment :) I'm still working on the slow cooker recipe book - I'll let you know when it is published :)

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