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Slow Cooker Beef Curry

Slow cooker beef curry is a quick to prepare meal that can be adjusted to make it as mild or spicy as you like!

Curry is a dish that can be made in many different ways. This recipe for beef curry was designed to make a hearty meal with minimal effort. All you need to do is prep the ingredients, place them in the slow cooker, and let it cook!

slow cooker beef curry served in a bowl

How To Make Slow Cooker Beef Curry

Like most of my slow cooker recipes I opt for the simplest way of making them, and this beef curry is no exception.

I can pop all the ingredients in the slow cooker bowl, switch it on and then come back later to a tasty dinner to serve (with the addition of some rice).

What You Need

slow cooker beef curry ingredients
  • Diced beef – I used 800g of beef, this comfortably served 4 of us, with enough left over for 1 or 2 more portions.
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed/sliced
  • 1 fresh red chilli, sliced – this is optional, I added it in with the seeds, deseed if you prefer a milder tasting curry
  • Fresh ginger, grated – I used about 1 tbsp 
  • Curry powder – this is where I went for simplicity and used an already made curry mix – but you can make your own using a combination of all or any of these; coriander, cumin, chilli powder, garlic powder, paprika, ground ginger, cinnamon, pepper etc
  • 2 tins of chopped tomatoes
  • Yoghurt – optional to stir in at the end

Making It

Some people like to brown the beef to seal it before adding it to the slow cooker – I don’t personally do this. However, if you want to, firstly add a little oil to a pan, or do it directly in your slow cooker if it has a sauté function. 

As I skip this stage, I just add everything straight into the slow cooker and stir it round until everything is mixed together. There is no need to add any water or stock, there will be enough liquid from the tomatoes and beef to form the sauce.

A note about the spice factor: I added 4 tablespoons of curry powder as well as included the seeds with the chilli – if you prefer a milder taste, remove the seeds and add less curry powder. The type of curry powder will also affect how hot it turns out. 

Place the lid on and cook for 4 hours on high, or 8 hours on low. 

slow cooker beef curry with coriander up close

Optionally stir in some yoghurt at the end of the cooking time.

Serve with rice and/or naan bread. 

Let me know in the comments if you end up making this slow cooker beef curry!


Slow Cooker Beef Curry

Yield: 4-6
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 5 minutes

Slow cooker beef curry is a quick to prepare meal with delicious results at the end of the day!


  • 800g diced beef
  • 2 x 400g tins chopped tomatoes
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4tbsp curry powder
  • 3 cloves garlic, grated*
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated*
  • 1 fresh red chilli*, sliced (deseed if you prefer a milder taste)


  1. Optionally sauté the beef in a little oil to seal it before adding it to the slow cooker.
  2. Add all the remaining ingredients to the slow cooker pot and give everything a good stir.
  3. Put the lid on and set off on low for 8 hours, or high for 4 hours.
  4. Optionally stir in some yoghurt before serving.


*to save even more time use the 'Lazy' prepared garlic, ginger and chilli available in jars and tubes from the supermarket.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 530Total Fat: 33gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 133mgSodium: 423mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 5gSugar: 5gProtein: 43g

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Friday 5th of February 2021

I made this last Saturday and it was fabulous, this week I am making a Chicken version. No more expensive jars to purchase. Thank you.


Saturday 23rd of January 2021

I can't wait to try this recipe , it's sounds delicious, especially when I have been working all day and then come home to a meal ready to eat

Liana Green

Thursday 28th of January 2021

Hi Emma - I hope you enjoy it! Coming home to a warm cooked meal is perfect at the end of a long day :)

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