This Australian old fashioned Curried Mince recipe is a family favorite. Simple, healthy, low in carbs and ready in under 30 minutes.
With just a few tweaks to give this classic homemade curry more flavour (and make it gluten-free), this is a simple meal that the whole family will love.
Find more ground beef recipes here>>
Old Fashioned Curried Mince in a brown bowl with herbs.

What is Curried Mince?

Curried Mince is a classic Australian budget family meal. It is similar to the Indian curry- Beef Keema Curry, but this recipe is less spicy and has fewer ingredients.

You will find a lot of savoury mince curry recipes that use all kinds of vegetables, like carrot, peas and potatoes or even fruit (apple). This epic version uses just a handful of basic veggies and some spices to make it full of flavour.

Make it to eat as-is. Serve it with toast, mashed potatoes (or cauliflower) or it is also a great filling for a toasted sandwich!

Related Recipes: Savoury Mince / Chili Con Carne

Why You’ll Love this Recipe

Low carb and family friendly – this beef curry has only 5g net carbs and is completely gluten-free!

Quick and easy – very little active preparation and cooking time involved. This is an easy curry mince recipe with just 10 ingredients ready in under 30 minutes.

Cook it your way – You can cook this in a slow cooker, Instant Pot, or a multi-function appliance like the Magimix or Ninja. It is also Thermal-cooker friendly so all our Thermomix® users will love it!

The Ingredients

Scroll to the recipe card at the bottom for the quantity of ingredients used and the full detailed recipe for this ground beef curry recipe!

Old Fashioned Curried Mince ingredients on a tiled backdrop with labels so you know what they are.

Beef Mince – I prefer to use an 80/20 beef-fat ground beef mince. You can swap for any mince that you like. I do find the fattier beef gives a better texture to this curry. You can use lean beef mince if you prefer. If making a vegan or vegetarian alternative consider using a medley of mushrooms over plant-based mince as it is higher in carbs.

For more beef mince recipes>>

Beef Stock – for me this is easily my most important ingredient. Choose the best-tasting beef stock you love. I prefer Urban Forager or Grevity RX pastes.

Seasoning – I use smoked paprika and a mild curry powder like Malaysian Meat Curry Powder. Keens Curry powder is often used in curried mince, and is found in most Aussie household pantries. Add as much or as little curry as you like. You can use a curry paste if you prefer. Red curry paste or even a panang curry paste would work well.

Vegetables – to keep the dish low in carbs I opted out of the usual potatoes and frozen peas. You can use any vegetables you prefer. I used cabbage and onion. Zucchini, bell peppers, diced carrots, or kale would also be awesome.

How to Make It

Step 1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; sauté until the onion softens, about 1-2 minutes.

Step 2. Turn the heat up to medium-high. Add the curry powder and paprika; stir to combine and cook for 1 minute.

Step 3. Add the mince; cook stirring occasionally until browned. Use a spatula or wooden spoon to break up any clumps of mince.

Step 4. Add tomato paste and stock; bring to a boil. Simmer until the sauce begins to thicken. 

A skillet with beef and cabbage in it.

Step 5. Add the remaining ingredients and cook until the cabbage has wilted. Remove from the heat. Season to taste. Serve with fresh chopped parsley and a squeeze of lemon.

Storing & Freezing 

Storing Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.

Freezingplace individual servings into an airtight container and freeze. To defrost leave in the fridge overnight.

What to Serve with Curried Savoury Mince?

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does savoury mince last in the fridge?

I always recommend eating any cooked dish within 3-4 days. This recipe can be made in bulk and kept frozen for easy healthy meals ready in minutes.

Is curried mince low carb / keto?

This recipe is low carb and gluten free. At only 5g net carbs for a large portion is very keto-friendly.

How do you make ground beef curry in the slow cooker?

Place the ingredients into the slow cooker. Stir to combine. Cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours. If the sauce needs reducing do this on the stove or turn up the heat for the last hour to finish it off.

A brown bowl with beef curry in it with lemon and coriander.

More Recipes to Try

We have loads of low carb healthy recipes for mince. Here are just a few for you try that are quick and easy.

  1. Thermomix Gazpacho Andaluz
  2. Kafta (Lebanese Beef Kebabs
  3. Easy Salmon Stir Fry
  4. Easy Marry Me Chicken Recipe
  5. Easy San Choy Bow (Yuk Sung

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A close up of curry mince in a brown bowl with coriander on top.

Old Fashioned Curried Mince

This Australian old fashioned Curried Mince recipe is a family favorite. Simple, healthy, low in carbs and ready in under 30 minutes.
With just a few tweaks to give this classic homemade curry more flavour (and make it gluten-free), this is a simple meal that the whole family will love.
Find more ground beef recipes here>>
5 from 77 votes!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Course: Lunch and Dinner
Cuisine: Australian
Diet: Diabetic, Gluten Free
Recipe Category: Low Carb
Calories: 387kcal
Author: Megan Ellam
Servings: 4 serves
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Ingredients 

  • 1 tablespoon (1 tablespoon) olive oil
  • 1/2 (1/2) onion diced
  • 2 cloves (2 cloves) garlic finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon (1 tablespoon) curry powder
  • 2 teaspoons (2 teaspoons) smoked paprika
  • 500 g (17 ⅔ oz) ground beef mince
  • 2 tablespoons (2 tablespoons) tomato paste
  • 1 cup (1 cup) beef stock or chicken stock
  • 2 cups (2 cups) shredded cabbage
  • 1/2 cup (½ cup) peas fresh or frozen, optional

Instructions

CONVENTIONAL METHOD

  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; sauté until the onion begins to soften, about 1-2 minutes.
  • Turn heat up to medium-high. Add the curry powder and paprika; stir to combine and cook for 1 minute.
  • Add mince; cook stirring occasionally until browned. Use a spatula to break up any clump of mince.
  • Add tomato paste and stock; bring to a boil. Simmer until the sauce begins to thicken. Add the remaining ingredients and cook until the cabbage has wilted. Remove from the heat. Season to taste. Serve with fresh chopped parsley and a squeeze of lemon.

THERMAL METHOD

  • Heat oil 2 min/120℃/stir. Add onion and garlic; chop 3 sec/speed 7. Scrape down sides of bowl; sauté 3 min/120℃/speed 1.
  • Add curry powder, paprika and mince; cook 4 min/120℃/reverse/stir.
  • Use a spatula to break up any clumps of mince. Add tomato paste and stock; cook 8 min/120°C/speed 1.
  • Add remaining ingredients; cook 2 min/120°C/reverse/speed 1. Season to taste. Serve with fresh chopped parsley and a squeeze of lemon.

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Notes

SUBSTITUTIONS
MEAT CHOICES
I prefer to use an 80/20 beef/fat ground beef mince. You can swap for any mince you prefer. If making a vegan or vegetarian alternative consider using a medley of mushrooms over plant-based mince as it is higher in carbs.
CURRY POWDER
My memories of old fashioned savoury mince always used Keens Curry Powder. You can use it or any of your favourite brands of curry powder. I use either a curry paste like my Massamam red curry paste or the Babas Meat Curry Powder substitute – Malaysian Meat Curry Powder.
Fresh or frozen peas are completely optional. I know some people just hate them and of course the low carb crowd may not want the extra carbs. I love to use a smattering of fresh peas with mine that are stirred through at the end to slightly warm them, but keep them fresh and crunchy.
BLENDERS & FOOD PROCESSORS
We test all our recipes with a Thermomix. I have made this in the TM5 and TM6. You can use a Magimix, or similar alternative to a Thermomix.
Note: I am not affiliated with Thermomix® I just love using this appliance.
SERVING SUGGESTIONS
Serve with rice or cauliflower ricecreamy cauliflower mash (or potato if that is what you love).
For more delish ground beef recipes try our Easy Beef Rissoles, Italian Meatballs, Aussie Beef Burgers or Aussie Chilli Beef. (You can see my Australian influence shine through in a few recipes). 
This recipe yields approximately 4 servings. The actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes. 
To calculate the weight of one serving, prepare the recipe as instructed. Weigh the finished recipe, then divide the weight of the finished recipe by 4. The result will be the weight of one serving. 
Nutritional values shown are guidelines only. They are for 1 serving using the ingredients listed. Actual macros may vary slightly depending on the brands and types of ingredients used. 
All recipes have been tested using all of the cooking methods included by various recipe testers.
Storing & Freezing 
Storing Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.
Freezingplace individual servings into an airtight container and freeze. To defrost leave in the fridge overnight.
The recipe card instructions contain the most basic of steps and list of ingredients. If you have any queries, questions or are unsure of substitutions, please scroll up to the blog post for more information. If you would like to offer any suggestions for another recipe for mince, or just a recipe you would love me to create a tasty new version for you then reach out through the comments below.

Your Own Notes

Nutrition

Serving: 1serve | Calories: 387kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 89mg | Sodium: 274mg | Potassium: 661mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 664IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 4mg | Magnesium: 40mg | Net Carbs: 5g
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24 responses to “Old Fashioned Curried Mince”

  1. Kristine L

    5 stars
    Wow so delicious and so easy to make, Will be on rotation so yum thanks Megan 🙌

  2. Lyn

    Another awesome recipe…even non-keto eaters love this. Thanks so much 🙏

  3. Helen W

    My new favourite way to cook beef mince.
    Simply the best.

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      Yay! That is so great to hear x

  4. Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    5 stars
    Such a wonderful combination of flavors. I used the vegan option and it tastes delicious. I have to try your suggestions on using different curry options to make this again.

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      I hope you love it with any of the options you choose.

  5. Hayley

    Thank you for giving a vegan/vegetarian option! I tried the recipe and it turned out absolutely brilliant! Love the flavours

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      This is so great to hear.

  6. Kushigalu

    5 stars
    This curried mince sounds so flavorful and delicious. Can’t wait to try this for my family. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      I hope you love it!

  7. Dennis

    5 stars
    What a delicious curry and so easy to make! I made this for guests last night and they absolutely loved the curry!

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      That is so great to hear

  8. 5 stars
    We love curry and this dish is so easy, budget friendly, and flavorful. I am smelling the aroma of this dish and my mouth is watering!
    Thanks for sharing!

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      You are very welcome! Enjoy!

  9. Mikayla

    5 stars
    I like the versatility of this recipe as you offer vegetarian & vegan options. We had rice with it and then left overs on hamburger buns for lunch.

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      I am so happy you enjoyed it. Thanks for taking the time to let us know how much you liked it.

  10. Cathleen

    5 stars
    I made this last night, and my husband is now requesting that I make it more often, it is so good! Thank you so much for sharing 🙂

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      You are very welcome.

  11. Sophie

    5 stars
    I could barely contain my excitement when I tried your curried mince – it was truly a delight!

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      Yay! I am so happy you enjoyed it Sophie.

  12. Amanda

    5 stars
    This curried minced was wonderful! It was really easy to make, and the curry powder added the perfect touch of spice. I’m putting this on the regular dinner rotation.

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      Yay! I am so happy it was enjoyed.

  13. Whinny

    5 stars
    Oh, yes please! Just what I was after. Thanks Megs for all your amazing recipes. I am sure this curried beef recipe will have the whole family happy and mommy can bask in the glory of the accolades 🤣

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      You are very welcome and I hope everyone loved it Whinny!

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