One Pot Thai Beef Curry

by Suzan Ferreira
One Pot Thai Beef Curry with jasmine rice in beautiful green bowl with sprig of bright green basil on top

One pot thai beef curry. When the temperature outside drops, this hearty, warming dish is one that delivers. Delivers in flavor, is simple and versatile to make, and is one you will be craving time and again.

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What makes a go-to recipe here on the hill? You know, the kind of recipe that’s quick to put together, but packs a powerful, satisfying punch? Well, an easy one if you get my meaning 😉

And this thai beef curry dish delivers just that & more! I make this dish in one pot, using a slow cooker. I’m fortunate that my slow cooker has a removal pan that I can use on my stovetop as well! You can easily substitute your favorite method of one pot cooking, however. Your favorite stock pot, dutch oven, one pot, or slow cooker can all be used.

No matter your cooking method of choice, making this coconut based curry results in tender beef smothered in a creamy curry sauce with just the right amount of spice. YUM! And did I mention its versatile?

THAI BEEF CURRY VERSATILITY

Any dish that can easily be made to suit our tastes and dietary needs in one pot is a keeper in my opinion! Need some option inspiration? Here you go!

  • NO BEEF? – Don’t eat beef? Substitute the protein of your choice. Use pork tenderloin, chicken, and even duck. Or make it vegetarian & use tofu and add a myriad of vegetables. Into seafood? Think about adding shrimp during the last minutes of cooking!
  • SET DIETARY NEEDS? – For those following specific diets, you can dance a little happy dance here. This recipe can easily be made with your diet in mind. My recipe as is gluten free, my daughter loves it! Following a grain free diet? Sub cauliflower rice for the rice itself, making this dish Paleo & aip friendly. Leave out the sugar as well as the rice and this dish is appropriate for Whole 30.
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Further yet, you are in control of the spice level here! Like more? Add a bit more curry paste and be sure to add the whole jalepeno, seeds and all. Less spice? Take the seeds out when finely chopping the jalepeno and reduce the curry paste.

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WHAT MEAT GOES BEST WITH THAI CURRY

Our household really enjoys the flavor and tenderness of beef when used in this curry. When using a slow cooker, I choose a beef tenderloin as we prefer a lean cut to shred, but other cuts of beef would work just fine. Chuck roast, stew beef and other cuts of beef work.

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I have made this dish beautifully using a pork tenderloin as well. The most common meats for all you carnivores out there are beef, chicken, and pork.

CAN OTHER CURRIES BE SUBSTITUTED

Simply put, yes. This is an extremely versatile recipe! The most commonly known curry variations would make wonderful substitutes for the red curry paste..

We prefer red curry paste when making this, but you could also make using yellow or green curry paste, with green typically being the mildest as far as the fiery spice level.

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This recipe could also be made using massamam curry, which is mild in the heat but filled with commonly used Indian spices such as cardamom and cinnamon.

Don’t forget Panang curry which contains the nutty textures of ground roasted peanuts and boasts a mild, mellow flavor.

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MAKING ONE POT THAI BEEF CURRY

The following instructions are for making this thai beef curry dish in a slow cooker, but as stated, it can easily morph into using other cooking methods, many which I will try to list as I go.

Should you not want the text tutorial version, simply scroll down to see the full recipe card.

STEP 1 – Add 1 Tbl of EVOO and sear all sides of the beef you have chosen on fairly high heat. Place the beef aside on a plate.

STEP 2 – In the same pan add an additional 1 Tbl of EVOO. Dice 1 medium to large onion and saute on medium heat until almost translucent.

STEP 3 – Mince 3-4 cloves of garlic and add to the onions to saute for a moment.

STEP 4 – Finely mince 1 medium to large jalepeno pepper, leaving the seeds & ribs in for the strongest heat. For a milder spice level, remove the seeds and ribs. Add to the garlic and onion mixture and cook for 1-2 minutes.

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STEP 5 – Place the pan seared beef and the onion, jalapeno, & garlic mixture into a slow cooker or the vessel of your choice.

STEP 6 – In a bowl combine the following ingredients…

  • 1 13.66 oz can Un-sweetened Coconut Milk. Light or regular, it’s up to you. I prefer to use the regular
  • 3/4 C Beef Bone Broth or Stock
  • 3 Tbl Red Curry Paste
  • 2 Tbl Fish Sauce
  • 2 Tbl Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1 Tbl Brown Sugar
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Mix the above together well and pour over the top of the beef, onion, jalapeno& garlic mixture.

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STEP 7 – Turn the slow cooker to low/medium heat and cook for 4-6 hours depending on the size of your meat cut. The smaller the cut, the less time to cook. Adjust accordingly.

NOTE: If you prefer a thickened curry, before you return the beef to the curry broth, thicken with either corn starch, flour, or arrowroot that’s been dissolved into water.

STEP 8 – Once cooked, remove the beef loin and shred to your desired consistency. Return the beef to the curry broth.

STEP 9 – Add 2 C baby spinach leaves and 1 cup torn fresh basil leaves to the mixture. Stir to combine and wilt.

One Pot Thai Beef Curry with jasmine rice in beautiful green bowl with sprig of bright green basil on top

SERVING UP THE ONE POT THAI BEEF CURRY

This recipe is not only versatile in how you prepare & cook it, but also in how you serve & eat it! Our favorite way to serve this delicious curry? Over jasmine or basmati rice, sprinkled with a few additional fresh basil leaves.

Are there other options? YES! Serve over cauliflower rice, or over a bed of steamed or stir-fried vegetables. Think broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and snow peas. Or what about over a bed of fresh microgreens that you may have grown yourself for a unique, fresh flavor!

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Need a heartier version? Add some homemade biscuits or sliced bread to soak up all that curry goodness. The options are endless.

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One Pot Thai Beef Curry with jasmine rice in beautiful green bowl with sprig of bright green basil on top

One Pot Thai Beef Curry

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Serves: 4 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 5.0/5
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Ingredients

  • 1-2 Pounds Beef Loin (or meat/protein of your choice)
  • 1 Lg Onion (diced)
  • 3-4 Cloves Garlic (minced)
  • 1 Lg Jalapeno Pepper (diced/minced)
  • 1 13.66 oz can Un-sweetened Coconut Milk. Light or regular, it's up to you. I prefer to use the regular
  • 3/4 C Beef Bone Broth or Stock
  • 3 Tbl Red Curry Paste
  • 2 Tbl Fish Sauce
  • 2 Tbl Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1 Tbl Brown Sugar
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 2 C Baby Spinach Leaves
  • 1 C Fresh Basil Leaves (torn)

Instructions

STEP 1 - Add 1 Tbl of EVOO and sear all sides of the beef you have chosen on fairly high heat. Place the beef aside on a plate. STEP 2 - In the same pan add an additional 1 Tbl of EVOO. Dice 1 medium to large onion and saute on medium heat until almost translucent STEP 3 - Mince 3-4 cloves of garlic and add to the onions to saute for a moment. STEP 4 - Finely mince 1 medium to large jalepeno pepper, leaving the seeds & ribs in for the strongest heat. For a milder spice level, remove the seeds and ribs. Add to the garlic and onion mixture and cook for 1-2 minutes STEP 5 - Place the pan seared beef and the onion, jalapeno, & garlic mixture into a slow cooker or the vessel of your choice STEP 6 - In a bowl combine the coconut milk through the salt & pepper, stir well to combine STEP 7 - Turn the slow cooker to medium heat and cook for 4-6 hours depending on the size of your meat cut. The smaller the cut, the less time to cook. Adjust accordingly STEP 8 - Once cooked, remove the beef loin and shred to your desired consistency. Return the beef to the curry broth STEP 9 - Add 2 C baby spinach leaves and 1 cup torn fresh basil leaves to the mixture. Stir to combine and wiltIt's My Sustainable Life Logo

Notes

If you prefer a thickened curry, before you return the beef to the curry broth, thicken with either corn starch, flour, or arrowroot that's been dissolved into water

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31 comments

Marianne October 29, 2020 - 4:30 pm

This looks fantastic! I would have to keep the spice level low for my sensitive stomach, but I think it would work well. I even think the kids would be happy! Thanks for a great recipe!

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Justine October 29, 2020 - 11:24 am

I wish I wasn’t allergic to coconut. This sounds delicious!

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Beverly October 29, 2020 - 1:32 am

Suzan,
I love Thai food and this looks great. Congratulations, you are being featured on Thursday Favorite Things.
Hugs,
Bev

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Maya October 28, 2020 - 10:04 pm

Enjoy Thai food. Will alternate with chicken ( no beef and no eggs here) and try out this recipe. Thank you, for sharing

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Cindy October 28, 2020 - 3:02 am

I love Thai food! I just leave the meat and/or eggs out. I wonder if I could substitute a bunch of veggies for the beef in this recipe?

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Suzan Ferreira October 28, 2020 - 10:03 am

Yes, this recipe is versatile. Substitutions of your liking are welcome!

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Suz October 27, 2020 - 6:00 pm

Can I come for dinner? 😂
I’ve spent a lifetime of collecting and trying recipes; I still enjoy reading them – and this one looks GREAT!

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Suzan Ferreira October 28, 2020 - 10:06 am

Yes! I’ll see you around 5 🙂

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Yvette October 27, 2020 - 2:24 pm

I’m afraid of curry. In the past when I have tried it, I didn’t care for it. But this looks so delicious, I’m going to try it…. this weekend!

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Suzan Ferreira October 27, 2020 - 5:27 pm

Hope you enjoy!

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Ayesha Siddiqui October 27, 2020 - 12:57 pm

I’ve had a Trader Joe’s Red Curry Paste sitting in my cabinet and not sure what to do with it. Now I do! I hope the TJ paste tastes the same with this recipe.

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Melissa Jones October 27, 2020 - 12:34 am

That looks amazing!

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Barbara October 26, 2020 - 11:51 pm

I can’t wait to try this! It sounds delish!

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Adrienne October 26, 2020 - 11:46 pm

This looks amazing! I’m definitely bookmarking for meal planning.

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Chelsea Kenna Baxter October 26, 2020 - 8:41 pm

Fresh lime juice is the key I’ve been adding to a lot of my soups lately. I love the extra punch it brings.

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Suzan Ferreira October 27, 2020 - 11:53 am

Lime juice definitely brightens recipes! Thank you for sharing!!

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Amanda October 26, 2020 - 8:30 pm

Looks just about right for a chilly fall evening! Yum!

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Bonnie October 26, 2020 - 8:18 pm

My hubby would love this. Great recipe.

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Tiffany October 26, 2020 - 7:15 pm

I have never cooked with a curry paste – this makes it seem very easy (and less scary!)

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Tiffany Smith October 26, 2020 - 6:54 pm

This sounds delicious and thanks for the substitution suggestions!

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Sabrina DeWalt October 26, 2020 - 6:38 pm

I absolutely love curry. I would love to give this recipe a shot.

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Lisa Manderino October 26, 2020 - 5:46 pm

This looks delicious! I have never had this but want to try.

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Cindy October 26, 2020 - 4:54 pm

That looks delicious. Definitely something to make.

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Kristin October 26, 2020 - 3:40 pm

I love that it’s GF, and I also appreciate all the substitute options you mention. This would be excellent for our family this winter.

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Debbie Lilly October 26, 2020 - 2:15 pm

Making me hungry! I think my family would enjoy this.

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Sandi October 26, 2020 - 1:55 pm

That is simple and delish, nothing like a hearty dish with some spice on a chilly day!

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Kelly October 26, 2020 - 1:50 pm

Thai curry is one of my favorite dish, but I usually have it with either chicken or salmon but I do love beef so I am sure this is just as tasty. I like that you also expressed how versatile this dish is and the fact that if you don’t eat beef doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy this wonderful dish.

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Holly October 26, 2020 - 1:39 pm

This looks delicious! Any recipe I can make in a slow cooker is perfect for me! I can’t wait to try this recipe! Thank you!

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Alyssa October 26, 2020 - 1:26 pm

Ohh yum!!! My husband would love this! Looks delish!! 😋

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Linda S October 23, 2020 - 12:41 pm

I have only made chicken curry, a West African version my daughter shared with me. It’s a family favorite so I’d like to branch out. Your Thai Beef curry sounds wonderful!

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Irene October 22, 2020 - 3:18 pm

Delicious and so healthy!

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