Sunday, January 31, 2010

Recipe: Crock pot beef vindaloo

Last year, Rob got me hooked on Indian food. This love of all things curry has resulted in a few cooking experiments, like my world-famous stupidly simple Curphy Stout Beef.

Anyway this dish is the most authentic Indian meal we've made so far. It's surprisingly low in the curry flavor department, but I think you'll like it anyway. And it's so easy! We took inspiration from a chicken vindaloo recipe that I saw on a blog called Chaos in the Kitchen. (Go check out that blog - it's beautiful.) We switched the recipe to beef and made a few modifications. So here it is.

Crock pot beef vindaloo

It's saucy... just like me.


  • 1 lb beef stew meat
  • Snow peas or green beans (around 2 cups)
  • 2 tbsp fresh ginger
  • 1 onion
  • 6 minced cloves of garlic
  • Can of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1.5 tbsp curry powder
  • 2 tbsp ground cumin
  • 2 tbsp ground mustard
  • 1/4 tsp ground clove
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper (use less if you don't want it too spicy)
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • fresh cilantro
  • Throw the beans/peas, the beef pieces, the chopped onion, garlic, ginger, and ground cinnamon into your slow cooker.
  • In a bowl, mix your crushed tomatoes with the cumin, ground mustard, cloves, cayenne pepper, salt, and curry powder. Throw that in the slow cooker too.
  • Cook on low for around 8 hours. You might need to modify your cooking time based on your slow cooker. Ours is old, so it cooks at a really low temp.
  • Throw some chopped cilantro on top and enjoy.
We served ours with jasmine rice. Basmati rice would have been better, but we didn't have that.

More appetizing than it looks.

This dish is seriously delish. I don't even use the word "delish" because I think it sounds silly. But it's that good. Try it. You will be glad you did.


Kelly@TearingUpHouses January 31, 2010 at 12:48 PM  

That looks sooo good. We were just talking about having Indian last night. I've never tried to make it myself...


PenelopeLovesLists February 1, 2010 at 1:00 PM  

This looks so great. And your photography is excellent!

Angela December 24, 2011 at 8:52 AM  

I stumbled on your blog looking for Indian food for the crockpot. This was delicious! I had a bunch of round steaks to use (...because I never know what to do with those tough little things!) but after a day stewing in yummy vindaloo sauciness, they were amazingly tender. We'll definitely be making this again and again. Thank you!

Meg September 26, 2013 at 11:44 AM  

Thanks for the post. Wish I had found this long ago!! I added carrots and served over brown rice. Seriously delicious!!

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