Curry Beef Mince is a quick and easy dish perfect any night of the week. Cook then serve simply with naan or flatbreads. This is a family friendly, freezer and budget friendly meal! This recipe for curried beef mince will get dinner done and on the table in less than 20 mins!!
🤍 Recipe Highlights
I have summarised everything that you will come to know and love (LOVE ❤) about the recipe in the points below:
- Everyday ingredients: there is no need to pop to a specialty store or go anywhere fancy for the recipe. All of the ingredients are mainstream and readily available at your local regular supermarket.
- Family friendly: whilst there is spice from the curry powder, it is not a hot spice, rather a full flavoured spice. So everyone from little kids to big will like to have a plate of this beef mince curry for dinner!
- Smart easy: there is a couple of things that I do with this recipe such as using frozen peas and canned corn that makes this recipe comfort food for week nights and not time consuming in cooking techniques. (ie no chopping, peeling or dicing 👍❤😘).
- Meal prep: this recipe freezes exceptionally well. So it is perfect to make on the weekends, let cool, then portion for week nights ahead when you know you are not going to feel like cooking! (See my How To Guide for more 😉👍).
- Versatile: I also provide you with a number of different substitutions and variations when it comes to switching the recipe up a little or adding different ingredients to those listed to suit your personal preferences 😁.
The photo below is to show you everything you need to make the recipe. Please refer to the printable recipe card for specific ingredient measurements as well as detailed instructions.
As you can see the recipe calls for:
- Beef mince: this is the same thing as ground beef. It is budget friendly, freezer friendly and extremely versatile! Lean beef mince or regular both work well for the recipe. Purchase from Walmart, Safeway, Woolies, Tesco, Aldi, Coles or your local butcher!
- Curry powder: the key ingredient in this recipe that provides maximum flavour. As with all spices a little goes a long way!
- Frozen peas: one of the easiest vegetables that always needs to be in every freezer! We microwave these to cook them and then add them to the pan to stir and combine.
- Corn kernels: you can use frozen corn kernels or canned. If using canned, simply open, rinse and discard liquid. If using frozen, do the same thing I mention for the peas and microwave then add for a speedy technique 😘😁🥰.
- Sultanas: these add a lovely sweetness to the curry as well as providing a chewy texture that contrasts well with the other non meat curry ingredients (peas and corn).
- Dried onion: you will be able to get your hands on this in the spices section of the supermarket. It is such a great ingredient to use! Providing onion flavour but no tears, it is a time saver and almost essential to have in your pantry spice collection!
- Crispy onion: onion is such a great ingredient to use in so many recipes! But it can be tricky to use it for easy recipes where you don't want to cook it but also don't want to be serving raw onion. Hence crispy onion is the solution! It is a product that you can buy which is sometimes sold as an addition for salads or in the Asian foods section. It is cooked and crunchy. This ingredient brings fantastic texture to the top of the curried beef mince as a crunchy garnish. If you have a read of my substitutions and variations you can see I offer alternative suggestions for this ingredient also.
- Olive oil: we need 2 tablespoons of this to cook the beef mince.
- Salt and pepper: just a little of each is used to season the meat as we brown it in the pan.
Here at the step by step instructions to make the recipe. We start by cooking the beef with the curry powder, dried onion, salt and pepper.
- Cook beef with curry powder, add onion, season with salt and pepper (Photo 1).
- Add peas, corn and sultanas to the curried beef mince (Photo 2)
- Stir to combine (Photo 3)
- Garnish with crispy onion and Greek yogurt (Photo 4)
👩🍳 How to Make Curry Beef Mince
To make the curry beef mince, start by heating olive oil in a heavy base sautéed pan or fry pan. Once hot, add the beef mince, curry powder, dried onion, salt and pepper. Cook until the mince has brown, breaking up any clumps as you go. (A flexible turner used vertically is a great way to do this 👌🤙).
Once the curried mince is cooked through add the peas (microwave to heat for 2-3 mins before adding), corn kernels and sultanas. Stir to combine these and cook for 2 to 3 minutes to allow these ingredients to heat through.
🍽 Serving Suggestions
To serve the dish, try using whole wheat flatbreads (warmed) with some Greek yogurt dolloped on top and some crispy onions for garnish.
The flat breads can be torn, filled or rolled which gives the eaters many options for how they want to dive into their portion!
👍 How to Guide
How to Store
Portion and store the recipe in sealed, air tight containers in the fridge for 3 days.
How to Freeze
Allow the dish to fully cool.
Once cooled, transfer into freezer friendly containers. The portions can be frozen for up to 3 months. The containers I use when doing this are shown in this picture. They are great as they are flat and you can heat the contents from frozen without having to thaw 1st.
How to Reheat
If reheating leftovers, place in the microwave. It will only take 2 to 3 minutes for them to heat through (high heat).
If using plastic containers, it is best to thaw and then heat for the same time specified above.
If using glass containers, you can reheat the frozen dish in microwave. Using high heat, the meal will be ready in 6 minutes. I find it best to open the lid or value and set it slightly ajar when doing this as to not heat the frozen sealed container without ventilation.
😉 Substitutions and Variations
Here are my sub ins and outs that you might be thinking about as you read the post and I will tell you if I think they will work or why they won't:
- If you want to switch up the meat and use chicken, pork or lamb you can.
- Ground turkey will also work well!
- You can peel, dice and add carrot for an additional pop of colour to the dish if you have the time and desire.
- Instead of the crispy onion, you can tried toasted slivered almonds or roasted peanuts for a crunchy textured garnish.
- If you want to use naan bread instead of whole wheat flatbreads, be my guest 😘👍.
- If you want to add potatoes as 'curry and potatoes' is a thing, you can however, they will take a lot longer to cook. So consider an alternative potato side dish like my Air Fryer Potato Cubes or my Duck Fat Roast Potatoes.
- If you would like a more full flavoured sauce, I have a number of Greek yogurt based options such as my Herbed Yogurt Sauce in my homemade sauces collection.
💡 Tasty Tips
Here are my top tips and tricks that I want to share with you so that you master the recipe from the get go:
- Save time, energy and effort by using frozen peas and corn or canned corn. Neither of these require any effort which is convenient when you want homemade but have little energy 😘😉👍.
- Allow the oil to heat in the pan before adding the beef mince, curry powder and dried onion.
- If using frozen peas, add to a heatproof jug and microwave for 2 - 3 mins, stirring in between. This will cut down on how long they will take to heat through when combined with the corn and sultanas.
- Have everything prepped and ready to go before turning the stove on. This recipe cooks quickly and you can then simply add the ingredients as required.
- Use high heat.
- Keep things moving in the pan.
🤓 Frequently Asked Questions
What beef is best for curry?
Beef mince is excellent to use as a curry meat as it is budget friendly and cooks quickly.
What does curry beef taste like?
Curry beef tastes like a full flavoured spice driven mince dish that is loaded with texture and a subtle onion flavour.
What is the main flavor in curry?
Curry powder is the main flavour in curry. This gets added to the sauce pan at the same time as the raw meat, so it imparts flavour and results in curry seasoned beef mince.
What is better curry powder or paste?
Curry powder whilst full of flavour has a more subtle flavour that full bodied recipes made from curry paste. To keep the recipe kid-friendly, curry powder is more suitable as the majority of children won't enjoy the intense flavours of recipes using curry paste till they are much older.
😍 More Easy Dinner Recipes
If dinner is the one meal of the day where you need easy options with fast cook times, then I have some more suggestions that I know you will love 😍:
- Chicken Mince Stir Fry
- Lamb Ribs
- Quinoa Stir Fry
- Turkey Chilli Con Carne
- Pork Chops in Mushroom Soup
- Honey Glazed Pork Chops
- Beef Mince Sausage Rolls
- Baked BBQ Chicken Thighs
- Teriyaki Glazed Salmon
You can also have a read of all of my beef mince recipes for dinner inspiration. It's curry time my friend 😁😘👍
Curry Beef Mince
- 1 Sauté pan
- 1 Silicon flexible turner to cook and break up the meat
- 1 Wooden spoon alternative to the above for cooking the mince
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 500 grams/16 oz beef mince (ground beef) Note 1
- 2 teaspoons curry powder Note 2
- 1 tablespoon dried onion
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon cracked black pepper
- 2 cups frozen peas Note 3
- 1 cup corn kernels Note 4
- 1 cup sultanas
- flatbreads optional to serve
- 2 tablespoons crispy onion for garnish
- Greek yogurt optional to serve
- Cook beef mince: heat 2 tbs of olive oil in a large heavy based pan using high heat. Add the beef mince, curry powder, dried onion, salt and pepper. Cook till browned and use a wooden spoon to stir and break up any clumps of meat as you go.
- Peas: microwave the peas to cook them. Start with 2 mins on high, remove and stir, then microwave for 1 more minute.
- Combine: add the peas, corn and sultanas to the curried beef mince. Stir to combine and cook for 2 to 3 minutes to allow ingredients to heat through.
- Serve and enjoy: portion the curried beef mince onto plates with whole wheat flatbreads (optional), Greek yoghurt and crispy onion.
- Note 1 Beef mince: this is the same thing as ground beef. It is budget friendly, freezer friendly and extremely versatile! Lean beef mince or regular both work well for the recipe. Purchase from Walmart, Safeway, Woolies, Tesco, Aldi, Coles or your local butcher!
- Note 2 - Curry powder: the key ingredient in this recipe that provides maximum flavour. As with all spices a little goes a long way!
- Note 3 - Frozen peas: one of the easiest vegetables that always needs to be in every freezer! We microwave these to cook them and then add them to the pan to stir and combine.
- Note 4 -Corn kernels: you can use frozen corn kernels or canned. If using canned, simply open, rinse and discard liquid. If using frozen, do the same thing I mention for the peas and microwave then add for a speedy technique 😘😁🥰.