This recipe for Curried Beef with Apricots & Almonds is one of the recipes I came up with when I set out to create a bunch of Ground Beef Recipes That Aren’t Burgers or Meatballs. It’s based on a dish called Bobotie that I used to make for my very first personal chef client. This is the very simplified version of that, but I was inspired by the flavors; the sweet and spiciness of it.
Curried Beef with Apricots & Almonds
This dish is a great example of how ground beef can be so much more than burgers (or meatballs). I think it’s in that perfect sweet spot of comfort food that’s also sophisticated; there’s depth of flavor from the curry powder, sweetness from the apricots, and texture from the almonds and veggies.
The best part? It’s super quick to make! I love it over white rice or cauliflower rice, the latter making it a complete meal in a bowl.
so much flavor and texture, and done in 30.
- 1/4 cup sliced almonds
- 1 teaspoon avocado oil, lard, or tallow
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 small onion, finely diced
- 1 small carrot, finely diced
- 1 stalk celery, finely diced
- 4 cloves garlic, sliced
- 1 heaping tablespoon curry powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup dried apricots, diced
- 1 1/2 cups beef broth
- chopped fresh cilantro, for serving
- Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the almonds and toast for 2-3 minutes, until browned and fragrant. Remove
- Add the oil to the pan. Once shimmering, add the beef and cook until browned, about 3 minutes.
- Push the beef to one side of the pan and add the onions, carrots, celery and garlic. Cook until fragrant about 1 minute. Add the salt and curry powder and mix into the meat and vegetables.
- Add the apricots and beef broth to the pan. Turn the heat down to medium-low, cover, and cook for 8-10 minutes, or until the vegetables and apricots are very soft and most of the liquid has cooked off.
- Top with almonds and fresh cilantro and serve over rice or cauliflower rice.
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