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Paleo AIP Coconut Ground Beef Curry with Turmeric is a great dish to make every single week! This hearty basic dinner staple has healthy ingredients, an easy delicious sauce and all compliant ingredients that you probably always have on hand. This recipe is also Low-FODMAP, Gluten-free and Whole30.
For the Keto low carb version of this recipe, see the Notes section under the recipe.
Paleo AIP Ground Beef Curry gives you an easy one-pan dinner with a rich satisfying sauce. So you’ll never feel wanting at dinner time for an easy recipe or a delicious meal!
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Paleo AIP ground beef recipes
The Paleo and AIP diets need as many ground beef recipes as possible!
That’s because beef, when it’s pasture-raised, is the healthiest meat for our bodies, other than red meat wild game (and arguably some seafood) — more so than chicken. And, ground beef is convenient and affordable.
While Americans love chicken, and often buy conventional beef, grass-finished beef is higher in omega 3 fatty acids and Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA).
Grass-finished beef is also richer in polyphenols, glutathione, vitamins and minerals, including B vitamins and iron.
(Little known fact: Grass-finished beef has more protein + twice as many omega 3s, Vitamin E and Vitamin K, plus fewer calories.)
Because the Paleo and AIP diets emphasize nutrient-dense foods, we should focus more on beef recipes. And ground beef makes that affordable and convenient.
Ingredients in AIP Coconut Ground Beef Curry with Turmeric
Hopefully most of these ingredients you have on hand already:
- ground beef
- 1 large onion OR for Low-FODMAP: 1 parsnip — If you’re not used to eating parsnips, they are my favorite veggie! and so so delicious, versatile and fun. If you need another Low-FODMAP alternative, use zucchini! But, I highly recommend you fall in love with parsnips. I use them myself when I make this recipe, and they’re what you see in the photos. Perfect for curry.
- coconut milk and coconut cream — always great bases for a simple Paleo curry
- coconut aminos
- lime juice from a fresh lime
- coconut oil
- fresh ginger root and one clove fresh garlic (omit the latter for Low-FODMAP)
- dried ginger, dried turmeric and cloves
- fresh cilantro, to garnish, optionally
How to make AIP Coconut Ground Beef Curry with Turmeric
This simple recipe uses just one pan:
- Sauté onion or diced parsnips in coconut oil (or both!). Add ground beef and sea salt. Continue to cook, breaking up meat until most of the pink is gone. (I like to keep the meat chunks a little on the bigger side in this recipe, but you can break up the meat as small as you like it.)
- Add spices. Then add coconut milk, coconut cream and remaining ingredients. Simmer for about 5 minutes, during which time the sauce ingredients thicken.
- Serve, garnished with optional cilantro and lime wedges.
And … make some Herb Roasted Cauliflower, cauliflower rice, sautéed greens, sweet potato or another easy side dish if you wish. Have the side dish ready when your curry is done cooking. Or, cover and keep Ground Beef Curry warm over very low heat while you prepare the side dish.
For Paleo and Gluten-free, you may wish to make a pot of Basmati white rice (not for AIP), which is now considered Paleo by some, and is Low-FODMAP.
Paleo AIP Coconut Ground Beef Curry with Turmeric (Low-FODMAP, Whole30, Keto)
- large skillet or broad-bottomed low pot
- stove top
- 1 pound ground beef preferably grass-finished/pasture-raised
- 1 large yellow onion diced OR, for Low-FODMAP/if preferred: use ½ pound parsnips (1 medium), which are wonderful in this dish! (Peel and dice parsnip.) For Keto: See the Notes section below.
- ½ cup coconut milk
- ½ cup coconut cream
- 2 Tablespoons coconut aminos
- 2 Tablespoons coconut oil or avocado oil
- 1 lime use half in the recipe, juiced, and save half to garnish the dishes with wedges of lime
- 2 to 3 inch nub ginger root grated or minced
- 1 clove garlic crushed or minced (omit for Low-FODMAP)
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
- ½ teaspoon dried ginger powder
- ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
- ¼ cup fresh cilantro chopped, optional, for garnish
- Over medium-high heat, heat large skillet or broad-bottomed pot. Once hot, add fat and then onions or parsnips (or both). Reduce heat to medium, and sauté for 5 minutes until beginning to brown and soften.
- Add ground beef and sea salt to the pan, and cook, breaking up the meat with a spatula. Cook until most of the pink is gone, about 8 minutes.
- Add turmeric, dried ground ginger and cloves, and stir in.
- Now add: coconut milk, coconut cream, coconut aminos, lime juice from ½ the lime, fresh ginger root and garlic. Stir and simmer about 5 minutes.
- Serve with cauliflower rice, sautéed greens, steamed zucchini, a baked sweet potato or other favorite side dish. Garnish with fresh lime wedges and optional fresh cilantro.
LeftoversLeftovers keep in the fridge for up to 4 days, stored and sealed nicely. To reheat, place in small pan, and cover. Heat slowly, stirring occasionally until hot through. Add a little broth as needed when reheating to make it easier.
Keto low carb version of the recipeSwitch out the onion for zucchini. This brings the net carbs to 8 per serving. OR, if you want lower still: use broccoli raab in place of onion, as it's super low carb. Other great very low carb veggies include: celery, bok choy, asparagus, mushrooms or spinach. Any of these will bring the total carb count down to about 7. If you choose to use asparagus or spinach, add them toward the end of cooking, during the last 5 minute simmer, instead of sautéing them at the beginning of the recipe. To lower net carbs a bit further, if you eat dairy: sub the coconut milk and coconut cream both for 1 cup heavy cream.
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More Paleo, AIP and Low-FODMAP recipes:
- Low-FODMAP Beef Curry Stew (Instant Pot, Paleo, AIP, Keto, Whole30)
- AIP Pork Tenderloin with Blueberry Sauce (Paleo, Keto, Whole30)
- Carrot Mint Bisque with Ginger & Bone Broth (Paleo, GAPS, AIP, Whole30, Low-FODMAP)
- Green Plantain Crackers (Paleo, AIP, Low-FODMAP)
- Carrot Cinnamon Milkshake with Ginger & Turmeric (Paleo, AIP, GAPS, Low-FODMAP)
- Tiger Nut Flour Tortillas (Paleo, AIP, egg-free, nut-free, no rolling out!)