Easy, One Pan Paleo Ground Beef Korma

Easy, One Pan Paleo Ground Beef Korma

This is an older recipe from Foraged Dish that has been a long-time reader favorite, and a favorite of mine. I’m republishing it with some updates, including a how-to video that really highlights how easy it is to make this dish! 

The Whole Foods Market in Boulder is extra large, partly because of an expansive prepared foods / hot bar / salad bar section. It’s buzzing with people at lunch time, and the parking lot is a mess! That’s where I first discovered ground beef korma — the hot bar, back in 2015. Whole Foods still has ground beef korma on it’s hot bar sometimes. Theirs is studded with peas but otherwise is super simple. That’s the beauty of this dish: simplicity! 

I love curries, which is probably why, over the last three years this recipe has become a regular in our rotation. It’s by no means a traditional dish, but it is a 20-minute wonder, something you can make on the busiest of evenings. I’ve even made it camping, while in Ten Sleep, WY. 

When I followed the Paleo to a T, I served this over cauliflower rice, but these days I serve it with regular rice. Take your pick — both are delicious. I do almost always use 85% beef, as it’s way juicier. If you do use 95% beef, you might add a touch more coconut milk than what the recipe calls for! 

Easy, One Pan Paleo Ground Beef Korma

If the video player does not appear below, you can watch it here.

In India, I was taught the saying: “No hurry, no worry, no chicken curry.” It’s meant as an ironic statement there — because everyone is moving at their own pace — but also, there’s a lot of curry. In this case, the curry comes together fast so you don’t have to hurry or worry! :)

Easy, One Pan Paleo Ground Beef Korma

Published February 12, 2018 by
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Serves: 4   |    Active Time: 20 minutes


  • 1 pound ground beef (85/15 recommended)
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium-sized jalapeño or serrano, minced (if you are sensitive to spicy foods, cut out and discard the seeds, then wash your hands and knife thoroughly)
  • 1 sixteen-ounce can of crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup full fat canned coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne (optional--adds spice)
  • Dash of salt & pepper
  • To serve: rice or cauliflower rice
  • Garnish: Minced cilantro

  • Directions:

    1. Heat coconut oil in a 10 or 12 inch skillet over medium heat until oil glistens.
    2. Add onion, garlic, ginger and jalapeño to skillet and reduce heat to medium-low. Sauté until onions are translucent.
    3. Add beef, and use a wooden spatula to break meat up into grounds. Cook until browned.
    4. Add tomatoes, coconut milk, curry powder, turmeric, cayenne, and a dash each of salt & pepper. Stir, and bring to a simmer for 5 minutes.
    5. Serve hot over rice or cauliflower rice, and garnish with cilantro.