Classic Curried Mince

Submitted by Paulene Christie

Classic Curried Mince

Super versatile slow cooked curry mince - eat it alone or use in lots of other dishes!
4.84 from 12 votes
Serving: 6
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 5 minutes


  • 1kg lean beef mince
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 1 large carrot, diced finely
  • 1 heaped teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestireshire sauce
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce/ketchup
  • 2 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1.5 cups liquid beef stock
  • Cracked black pepper to taste
  • Optional: 1 tbsp cornflour mixed with a little water to thicken end dish


  • Combine all ingredients except the cornflour/water
  • Cook on low for 4-5hrs on low
  • Thicken with cornflour before serving if needed

Serving Suggestions

  • Serve with creamy mash and cracked black pepper and a scattering of fresh chives
  • Use as a ready made filling for curried pies, pasties or toasted sandwiches
  • Top with mashed potato or sweet potato & cheese for a curried cottage pie
  • Serve with seasonal vegetables and crusty bread roll

89 thoughts on “Classic Curried Mince”

  1. First time I’ve ever cooked mince in a slow cooker, as I thought it would go claggy/clump together, and would need to be browned beforehand, which is something I don’t like to do with meat and my slow cooker. It’s turned out great. I changed the recipe, as was just using leftovers, but used the same amount of meat, 500ml of King Island beef stock, an onion, tomato paste, herbs, etc. Same cooking time, then added corn/water to thicken, and cooked it another 30mins. Easy, and looks delicious.

  2. Melissa Gillespie

    I thought this was wonderful. I followed the recipe almost completely – I used a couple of cups of the frozen mixed veggies (the little cubes of carrot with corn and peas), as that’s what I had on hand. The flavours were great together! I topped it with sweet potato and turned it into a cottage pie. Even my picky almost-7-year-old loved it…I caught her licking her plate! πŸ™‚

  3. Janet Hitchcock

    Was amazing, I made rice with it instead of mash potato. It’s also great in toasties the next day!

  4. I have never given a review on any recipe before, but this one worked out so well I have to say it will be used again and again. So quick n easy to prepare and delicious!! Hubby liked it a lot. 5 yr old; not so much, but he still gobbled it up. Have had two evening meals from this one batch and still had some over to freeze, so it is a very economical meal as well. Thank you! πŸ™‚

  5. Absolutely love it even my 15 yr old does. I have added extra vege in to this next batch, red capsicum has been added with an extra carrot and onion.

  6. I cooked the mince and made curry puffs out of them. Froze half. My husband 12 year old and 6 year old love them

  7. Yum! This is the most flavoursome recipe I’ve made in my slow cooker. The texture was not at all gluggy as I expected. The only thing I did different was that I added a fresh long red chilli from my garden. It holds up well if cooking for 8+ hours on low. It definitely has more flavour the next day and freezes very well. If you can resist eating it all as is the possibilities of what you can do with this as a base are endless.
    Thanks for sharing Paulene.

  8. This was such a great recipe. Full of flavour. I added more vegies to mine. Some parsnips, swede, turnip, and celery. I served it with mashed potato and it was yum. Using the leftovers to make curry puffs.

  9. what a great meal to change it up, i made it and then i put hash browns and cheese on top with Tea towel for another hour and made a “sheppards pie” Of course every vegetable i have goes in lol

  10. Made this last night, and added diced spuds and green beans. Had a taste at 5hrs and it didn’t seem to have much flavour (and spuds were still hard) so I left it cook for another 1.5 hrs (adding cornflour too) and wow, it was awesome. Spuds cooked to perfection and the fast packed a punch.

  11. This curried mince is the best, my hubby is very fussy with mince dishes and he loved it, went back for more. It is so easy to make. I definitely want to use this to make the cottage pie. It’s a must to try

  12. My kids (3 and 5) can be very fussy at times but absolutely loved this dish! and my partner goes back for seconds!

  13. OMG! Thank you, thank you, thank you. This is one iof the few meals were all 5 of my kids ate and enjoyed it. Even my most fussiest who only eats chicken rissoles.

  14. Yum. MY 7 yr old boy loved it with a dollop of sour cream. My almost 5 yr old loved it on her bread! I served it with mash potatoes and crusty bread.
    After tasting and serving kids I added another tablespoon of curry powder to my husbands n mine taste. YUMMMYYYYYY.
    Thank you

  15. This was delicious, i turned it into shepards pie and browned it under the grill, my one year old and 2 year old loved it! This will be a regular in our house.

  16. This was delicious!!
    Added some peas and beans and extra curry powder.
    Served it with rice for me and mashed potato for my husband.
    He loved it as well, plenty of leftovers for his lunch and some to freeze as well.
    Definitely a favourite to make again!

  17. Yvonne the longer you cook a curry/stew the better the flavours enhance :)…. yes the mince is cooked but the flavours need alot more maturing :). try it im sure you wont be disapointed…

  18. Love this, I doubled the recipe and got 30 pies out it and everyone that had 1 loves them and I have plenty for the freezer ?. Thanks for sharing x

  19. I’m just wondering if i could use turkey mince instead and if so what flavour stock would work with it? Thanks.
    This definitely looks a yummy recipe

  20. 5 stars all the way. Best recipe. I lightly sauted the mince as my SC has that option. I only used 1/2 of the recommended amount of stock which was plenty, you can add more liquid if needed. I also thickened with Arrowroot and Gravox mixed together with a little water. I also add about 2 cups of cooked Pasta about 30 minutes before serving. I have enough left over for a serving for 2 plus enough to make 6 single pies ???

  21. Such a simple but tasty dish. Cooked just for myself so had plenty for a good sized dinner and meals for the freezer.

  22. Absolutely delicious! My family loved this recipe I added mixed vegetables, mashed potatoes and cheese on top and browned it in the oven for 20 minutes.
    I normally brown the mince (my family is super picky) before adding to the slow cooker but decided to try it as suggested in this recipe and it turned out beautifully, best off all my fussy family couldn’t tell the difference!
    I will definitely be making it again, I can think of a few ways to slightly vary the recipe to make different dishes ? thanks for the great recipe ?

  23. Have now added this one as regular in my house. My family of 5 loved it only problem was that I didn’t make enough. Yum

  24. I added the frozen veges I had left in the freezer, peas, corn, carrots, broccoli & cauliflower. I also put in an extra spoon of Keens Curry, because we are big curry lovers. I cooked mine on high for 5 hours and left the lid off for the last half hour. Didn’t need to add flour to thicken, it was thick enough as it was. Served it with mash potato. It was absolutely beautiful. My brother took some to work the next day and I had left overs on toast, the next day for lunch. Will definitely be making it again.

  25. Nicole Koeleman

    This recipe is so easy but so full of flavour!! My family devoured it with mashed potato and snow peas on the side……leftovers for lunch on toast..mmmmmm

  26. This was fantastic! Followed the receipe almost exactly, only difference was adding some frozen vegetables that needed to be used up. Served over mashed potatoes with some garlic bread on the side. Hubby is looking forward to having the leftovers for lunch tomorrow on toast ?

  27. Made this, this morning. Great flavour! Also threw in some red capsicum, savoy cabbage and celery, doubled the garlic too. Gave everything a nice fry up before finishing off in the Crockpot. Not a big fan of raw mince in the Crockpot……….. Thanks for sharing! Will go down a treat tonight with some mash and chives!

  28. Great recipe and enjoyed by the five guests at my home. I added chopped mushrooms to add volume. Instead of the carrots I decided to add a kick by chopping 4 green chilis and 2 birds eye chilis., I enjoy spicy dishes so my friends have become accustomed to the large jugs of water on the table to fight fire. Added frozen peas and with a half hour left of cooking, I added a tablespoon of marjoram. Thanks for the guide…..

  29. Taylor Jerrett

    Absolutely loved this recipe! So cheap to make! When I’m short on ingredients I chuck in some frozen mixed vegetables mix and mushrooms and goes down a treat! I halved the recipe and still got 4 servings out of it. Served with mash and some broccoli and froze the leftovers for later in the week.

  30. I made this the other day and it was awesome and my husband is a very fussy eater and he loved it as well, I will be cooking this a lot more

  31. Made this for dinner tonight and turned into pie’s was a hit with the family and will definitely be doing it again

  32. Delicious. Made this a few times. Definitely a winner in our house. I made pies with the left overs. Very nice
    So easy and so tasty.

  33. I did this on the weekend, hubby and son loved it, just served it with mash.. added peas and corn to the mix and extra curry powder!

  34. This is such a simple, cheap and delicious recipe my whole family loves even my fussy 4yr old and 10 month old baby like. This will become a regular in our home.

  35. I have cooked this recipe many times. I love it. The last time I made it I swapped out the beef mince for chicken mince and swapped the beef stock for chicken stock. I also added 250gms of bacon pieces, frozen mixed veggies, extra curry and garlic. It was scrumptious. Used leftovers for pies.

  36. Made for the first time this week, enjoyed it so much we had it two nights in a row.
    I added small potatoes and served with toast the first night and boiled rice the second night.

  37. This lacked flavour for me.

    I added lemongrass and kaffir like Vietnamese paste, more stock cubes and extra korma spice powder.

    I fried off the mince first to get rid of any extra grease.

    I will make this recipe again but with my additions.

  38. I have this cooking on low at the moment in my Breville flavourmaker for the first time. It smells amazing and can’t wait till dinner time. I added a couple of mushrooms as they needed to be used up and also switched out tomato sauce for bbq as I had no tomato sauce. Going to serve with broccoli and brown rice. Yum!

  39. This is one of the best curried mince recipes I have tasted. I do use chicken stock instead of beef stock as a personal preference. My son usually has 2 heaped bowls for dinner and he is very fussy. Definitely will be a regular in our household.

  40. I have a fussy geriatric, ex chef, in the household but I wanted to do something new with mince. I had all the fixings in the pantry so gave it a go. He despatched two bowls in no time. i wanted to cook it again the following week and couldnt find the recipe… couldnt remember what device I used. Found it and have now written it in recipe book. thank you.

  41. Simple ingredients but very, very tasty. This recipe freezes and reheats well. To make even easier defrost cooked meal whilst making mashed spuds in small slow cooker. I always make extra potato and freeze that too !

  42. Fantastic recipe. Low carb and low calorie as I divided it by 8 serves. I also used 1 beef, 1 chicken and 1 vegetable massel 7 stock cube and 1 1/2 cups of water instead of the beef stock. I used 1/4 cup ketchup and 1/4 cup passata. Served with cauli mash and gluten free toast.

  43. This was absolutely delicious, served it with creamy cheese and chive mash. All I heard around the table was this is yum. Next time I have been asked to turn it into pies, I already can’t wait to have it again

  44. 5 stars
    I usually stick to the normal curried sausages because my children love it. But today decided to try this. Clean plates all round, was a bit spicey for my 6 year old but, even through that extra kick she still managed to eat it all. Everyone loved it. Will definitely cook this again!! Cheers ?

  45. 5 stars
    great recipe, I’ve put it in a pie shell , also yummo served with creamy mashed potato…make this regularly ?

  46. 5 stars
    I cooked this for the 1st time for dinner tonight n it was delicious ? I also added frozen baby peas in the last hour, nice for a change to my normal go to mince recipes that I usually make!!! I’ll be making this more often, I think ? thank you for sharing yet another amazing recipe of yours Paulene ???

  47. 3 stars
    Made this yesterday for the first time.
    Have never done mince in a slow cooker.
    Cooked it exactly as per recipe and I must say I was bitterly disappointed with the end result.
    The taste was fabulous 100%.
    BUT it had this grittiness about it.
    I normally use 5 star mince.
    I have never had a mince meal that tasted texturally like this before. I am sorry but it was awful.
    My husband’s happy to eat it but I just cannot stomach the thought of eating it ever again.
    Gave 3 stars for the taste.
    Happy to discuss.

  48. 5 stars
    I really enjoyed this in face my husband has been deciding what he should do with left overs as he has many ideas and has been drooling over the decision lol I only used 1 Tablespoon of curry powder everything else the same and it turned out perfect.

  49. Jennifer Delaporte

    tried this recipe tonight, was absolutely delicious. a sure winner for my family! thank you for such a wonderful recipe, made mine with rice and home-made naan bread.

  50. Christine Findlay

    5 stars
    Delicious! A little sweetness to it which I liked. I did add a bit more curry powder as well. Will be putting left overs in the freezer after I set aside some for brunch tomorrow to have on toast!

  51. Made into a cottage pie with mashed potato and cheese topping served with small cobs of corn , carrots and peas served with bbq sauce for pie very tasty best if you make the mince day before to allow the flavours to mature

  52. Elizabeth Menolotto

    5 stars
    So delicious and easy to make! As my family won’t eat this (picky!) I made it just for me and froze in single-serve batches. Looking forward to making pies, serving on mash etc. So many options!

  53. 5 stars
    I was out for the night, but still needed to cook for the family. We chose this, and hubby was to put on rice. When I came home it was all gone and everyone was happy !! Will definitely be making again – thanks!!

  54. Sanet van Rensburg

    5 stars
    I made it last night with 1/4 cup of ketchup and 1/4 cup of chutney. Serve with rice and banana salad with a little bit of curry powder in. Delicious!! Thank you, Pauline!

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