Monday, 7 July 2014

Spicy Beef and Rice

We all love to have our simple, quick, and tasty one pan thirty minute meals during the week. This spicy beef and rice is my favorite, on the table in less than half an hour, with minimal mess.

I have been playing around with the spice levels in this recipe for a long time now (saying that, I mean about a year!) and I finally have the perfection I was looking for. The spices balance each other perfectly and it has just the right about of heat.

If you have young kids, you can very easily dial down or omit the chili!

Spicy Beef and Rice

Serves 4

1 onion, finely diced
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 red chili, finely diced (remove the spine and seeds to take away the heat of the chili, if desired)
400 g (14 oz) ground beef
2 tsp curry powder
2 tsp garam masala
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup basmati or other long grain rice
400 g (14 oz) tin of diced tomatoes
2 Cups beef stock

1. Heat a dash of oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat. Fry the onion, garlic, and chili for about five minutes. Add the beef and cook until browned.

2. Add the seasonings and cook for a further 1 minute.

3. Add the rice, tomatoes, and stock. Bring to a simmer. Cover and simmer for about 15 minutes, until the liquid is absorbed and the rice cooked. Stir a couple of times during the cooking process so that the rice doesn't stick to the bottom.

*Photos updated April 2015


  1. This looks awesome!The Spicy Beef and Rice recipe sounds like something our family would love!

  2. Yes! I think you got the spice blend perfect! I really must try this recipe! I love rice, especially spicy rice and a main dish! Great post!

  3. I love the flavor profile you used in this dish Nicole! I brought back garam masala from a spice market in Israel and can't wait to try it in this dish! Thank you for another amazing recipe!

  4. Thank you for sharing your fantstic recipe on #TheWeekendSocial ! I am always thrilled to see your amazing contributions to the Link Party! I hope to see you again this Thursday at 9 PM EST.
    Heidy L. McCallum

  5. This looks amazing! Would I have to increase the cooking time/pre-cook the rice if I used brown rice instead of white?

    1. Thank you :) It's such a great and easy meal. If you want to use brown rice, I would just increase the cooking time. I would probably just check on it regularly after 15 minutes to see how cooked the rice is.

  6. This sounds lovely. Going to give this a go. thanks for sharing this recipe.