Spicy Slow Cooker Beef Curry


An easy slow cooker beef curry recipe that you can make as spicy or mild as you like. Star anise is the key to the flavor. Serve over basmati rice.

slow cooker beef curry in bowl
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
8 hrs 15 mins
6 servings


  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained

  • 1 large onion, sliced

  • 1 cup beef broth

  • 1 cup coconut milk

  • 3 tablespoons curry powder

  • 3 cloves garlic, pressed

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger root

  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or more to taste (Optional)

  • 1 whole star anise

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 (1 1/2-pound) flank steak

  • ½ lime, juiced


  1. Combine diced tomatoes with their juices, onion, beef broth, coconut milk, curry powder, garlic, bay leaves, ginger, cayenne pepper, star anise, salt, and pepper in the bottom of a slow cooker. Stir to combine. Add flank steak to the mixture.

  2. Cover and cook on Low until beef is tender and cooked through, about 8 hours. Add lime juice just prior to serving.

Cook's Notes:

You can use stew meat instead of flank steak, and dried ginger instead of fresh, if you'd like.

You can use hot or sweet curry powder, or a mixture of both.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

216 Calories
13g Fat
9g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 216
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 9g 46%
Cholesterol 25mg 8%
Sodium 298mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 10mg 50%
Calcium 68mg 5%
Iron 5mg 27%
Potassium 455mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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