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Curried Beef Pie

This Curried Beef Pie adds aromatic spices to the old fashioned mince beef pie, creating a deliciously comforting family-friendly dish. A flavourful beef and vegetable curry filling is encased in flaky golden brown puff pastry. This tasty meal is sure to entice picky eaters to finish their meat and vegies! It’s easy to make, and you can prepare the beef curry pie filling ahead of time for a fuss-free homemade meal on those busy nights. This Curried Beef Pie is simple yet very satisfying!

Curried Beef Pie slice served on a plate.

Ingredients in Curried Beef Pie

Here’s what you need to make this minced beef pie recipe:

Beef mince – I prefer to use a leaner beef mince/ground beef with 10% fat.

Garlic, onion, celery, carrot and capsicum – The flavour base. Sautéing these vegetables before adding other ingredients is important for flavour.

Spices – This pie recipe uses curry powder, ground turmeric, ground chilli (Note 1), mustard powder, ground cumin and garam masala to create a delicious curry flavour. I use Keen’s curry powder but different brands like Clives of India curry powder will work too – just make sure it’s not a hot variety!

Salt and pepper – Leave out the salt if serving to family under 12 months of age. 

Tomato paste – You can opt for the salt-reduced variety if you like.

Beef stock – Use salt-reduced or salt-free stock if serving to family under 12 months of age.

Peas – Use frozen peas, they’re super convenient!

Puff pastry – Pre-made frozen puff pastry sheets make this a quick and easy pie to assemble. Of course, if you have the time and motivation to make your ow puff pastry dough then go for it!

Olive oil – For sautéing the vegetables. I always use olive oil rather than vegetable oil but you can substitute.

Egg – One beaten egg for egg washing the pastry.

Curried Beef Pie ingredients on a chopping board.

How to make Curried Beef Pie

I’ve had family taste test this recipe, with the thermo cooker version and conventional version of these curry meat pies side by side. Interesting enough, whilst the Thermomix meat pie was a little saucier, it also had a stronger curry flavour. The conventional instructions still make a tasty minced meat pie, and by cooking on the stovetop you can reduce the sauce as much as you like. Take your pick of cooking methods to make the curried ground beef filling.

Thermomixer? Whipping up this delicious curried mince beef filling is really easy in a thermo cooker, with the machine chopping, sautéing and cooking it for you. You’ll then need to allow the filling to cool to room temperature before assembling the pie. Brush the top of the pie with egg wash and bake in the oven until golden brown.

Conventional cook? Finely chop the vegetables. In a large pan at high heat on the stovetop, sauté the vegetables, and brown the mince. Next, add all of the yummy spices and remaining ingredients, as well as the extra stock. Lower the heat to a gentle simmer to reduce the liquid to your preferred consistency. Remove the filling from the heat and allow it to cool to room temperature. Assemble the pie, brush the top of the pie with egg wash and bake in the oven until golden brown.

Curried Beef Pie with a slice removed.

This is a deliciously saucy pie!

Everyone! This is a soggy-bottom pie 😁. I don’t blind bake the pastry, because the sauciness of the mince curry will moisten it regardless. We’re ok with a soft base, juicy filling and flaky pastry top for this convenient family friendly meal! If you’d like to try achieving a crispy base, then use shortcrust pasty on the bottom and blind bake it. You’ll probably want to use the conventional instructions to control how much the sauce reduces too before adding the filling to the pie dish. 

You could also forget about the base completely, and turn this yummy beef mixture into a beef pot pie. Fill a deeper pie dish with the beef mixture, and just put one sheet of puff pastry dough on top of the pie.

Any way you assemble the pie, this curry beef mixture is delicious!

See the recipe card below for ingredient amounts and detailed steps for both thermo cooker and conventional cooking methods.


Adapting this curry beef pie recipe for babies and toddlers

I personally think this is a great recipe for littles, because mine devour it! 😁 As always, leave out the salt if serving the meat pie filling to children under 12 months of age. Depending on baby’s age and stage, you might like to purée the beef mixture to ensure the beef is finely minced. My toddler loves this dinner – for him, I just make sure the pastry is chopped appropriately into small pieces once I’ve served his portion. If your children aren’t used to spice, you might consider leaving out the ground chilli first time around. 


Serving and storing this homemade minced beef pie

Serve this Curried Beef Pie with a simple side salad or vegies. Tomato sauce/ketchup is optional – one of my boys loves it with sauce, the other goes without. I personally think the mince curry filling is tasty enough, but whatever works in your household 😁. If you and/or your family are adventurous, you could try other condiments too like mango chutney or a small dollop of plain yoghurt.

For storing, refrigerate any leftovers promptly in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Reheat in the oven to re-crisp that yummy flaky pastry. This dish is freezer-friendly too – perfect for a quick, homemade meal on a busy day.

A whole Curried Beef Pie fresh out of the oven.

Looking for other recipes that use delicious flaky pastry? Try my Pork Sausage Rolls, they’re another great recipe utilising a flavourful homemade meat filling and puff pastry sheets.

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Happy cooking,

Chloe x

Curried Beef Pie with flaky puff pastry.

Curried Beef Pie

Author: Chloe
Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Category: Family Mains
5 from 1 vote
Servings: 6

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This Curried Beef Pie adds aromatic spices to the old fashioned mince beef pie, creating a deliciously comforting family-friendly dish. A flavourful beef and vegetable curry filling is encased in flaky golden brown puff pastry. This tasty meal is sure to entice picky eaters to finish their meat and vegies! It’s easy to make, and you can prepare the beef curry pie filling ahead of time for a fuss-free homemade meal on those busy nights. This Curried Beef Pie is simple yet very satisfying!

Ingredients 

  • 1 garlic clove peeled
  • 150 g /1 brown/yellow onion peeled (Thermomixers: quartered)
  • 75 g / 1 carrot peeled (Thermomixers: cut into 3 pieces)
  • 70 g / 1 celery stick (Thermomixers: cut into 3 pieces)
  • 100 g / 1/2 red capsicum/bell pepper deseeded (Thermomixers: halved)
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/8 tsp ground chilli (Note 1)
  • 1/4 tsp mustard powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp garam masala
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt for family over 12 months
  • 1/3 cup tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup beef stock (Conventional cooks: double to 1/2 cup)
  • 500 g beef mince/ground beef
  • 100 g frozen peas
  • 2 sheets frozen puff pastry (Note 2)
  • 1 egg lightly whisked

Thermo Cooker Instructions

  • Put the garlic, onion, carrot, celery and capsicum into the mixing bowl. Chop 3 seconds, speed 5, MC on. Scrape down the mixing bowl.
  • Add the olive oil. Sauté 5 minutes, 100°C, speed 1, MC off
  • Add all spices, salt and pepper, tomato paste and beef stock. Combine 3 seconds, speed 3, MC on.
  • Insert the simmering basket and add the mince into it. Break up the mince to ensure airflow. Cook 15 minutes, 100°C, reverse, speed 2, MC on.
  • Carefully break up the mince as small as possible and add to the mixing bowl. Add the peas and stir with spatula. Cook 5 minutes, 100°C, reverse, speed 2, MC off. Put the simmering basket on the lid to prevent splatter. Once cooked, transfer to a large bowl and cool the filling to room temperature.
  • When you're ready to bake, preheat oven to 180°C. Grease a large pie dish with butter or oil spray. Line it with a puff pastry sheet.
  • Fill with the cooked meat pie filling.
  • Top with the second piece of pastry, and either use a sharp knife to trim the excess pastry or just fold in the overhanging pastry edge. Make the pie crust as rustic as you like!
  • Brush the top with egg wash. Pierce the top with a 2cm / 1” cross in the centre to allow steam to escape.
  • Bake for 30 to 40 minutes until the top is golden brown and crispy. Let the pie rest for 5 minutes before slicing and serving.

Conventional Instructions

  1. Finely chop the garlic, onion, carrot, celery and capsicum.
  2. In a large saucepan on the stovetop, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Brown the mince. Add the vegetables and sauté for 5 minutes until onion is golden.  
  3. Add all spices, salt and pepper. Sauté for 2 minutes. 
  4. Add the tomato paste, beef stock, and extra beef stock or water. Stir through and then cook for 15 minutes until liquid reduces.
  5. Add peas to the pie filling and cook for another 2 minutes, then remove from stove. Cool the filling to room temperature. 
  6. When you’re ready to bake, preheat oven to 180°C. 
  7. Grease a large pie dish with butter or oil spray. Line it with a puff pastry sheet.
  8. Fill the pie base with the cooked meat pie filling.
  9. Top with the second piece of pastry, and either use a sharp knife to trim the excess pastry or just fold in the overhanging pastry edge. Make the pie crust as rustic as you like!
  10. Brush the top with egg wash. Pierce the top with a 2cm / 1” cross in the centre to allow steam to escape.
  11. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes until the top is golden brown and crispy. Let the pie rest for 5 minutes before slicing and serving.

Recipe Notes

1. Chilli – Pure ground chilli. If serving to children (or adults!) who aren’t used to spice, you might consider leaving it out. 
2. Puff pastry – I don’t blind bake the puff pastry, because the sauciness of the curry beef filling will moisten it regardless. If you’d like to try achieving a crispy base, then use shortcrust pasty on the bottom and blind bake it. Reduce the sauce on the stovetop to make a less saucy filling.
3. Storage – Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days or freezer for up to 3 months.
4. Nutrition – Per serving, as a general guide only.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 653kcalCarbohydrates: 46gProtein: 26gFat: 41gSaturated Fat: 12gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 22gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 81mgSodium: 520mgPotassium: 644mgFiber: 4gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 2436IUVitamin C: 25mgCalcium: 47mgIron: 5mg
Keywords: beef, dinner, homemade, main course, pie, thermo cooker, thermomix

[1] Sodium and babies, 2023, Solid Starts Inc.

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One Response

  1. 5 stars
    So yummy, easy to make the old fashioned way without a Thermomix and perfect for this change in season.

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