4 servings (serving size: about 1/2 cup beef mixture and 3/4 cup rice)

This dish appeals to adults and kids alike, which answers Sasha Wall's challenge to prepare one dinner that satisfies the whole family. Serve with lime wedges. Enjoy leftovers with warm tortillas.

How to Make It

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add leek; sauté 5 minutes. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute. Add beef; cook 7 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring to crumble. Stir in curry paste and tomato sauce; cook until half of liquid evaporates (about 2 minutes). Add milk and next 4 ingredients (through fish sauce); cook 2 minutes or until slightly thickened. Serve with the rice and lettuce wedges, if desired. Garnish with cilantro and green onions, if desired.

Ratings & Reviews

carenmichelle's Review

August 01, 2011
Left out the tomato completely and added a whole can of coconut milk. Also increased the fish sauce, lime juice, and curry paste to about double. Served as lettuce wraps. Very good.

saralee408's Review

May 04, 2012
like other reviewers, i used: more coconut milk, less tomato sauce, triple on the curry, double on the fish sauce and forgot the brown sugar. i also added chopped red pepper at the saute stage and lemongrass at the end. served as lettuce wraps. took 20 minutes and was delicious!!!

Tinabuchan's Review

August 18, 2013

AltheaVet's Review

April 03, 2014
I thought this was great. I got some bagged shredded cabbage & served the thai ground beef and rice over that. It made a fantastic lunch.

joy2dream's Review

July 15, 2010
This was very good but lacked the heat of many Thai dishes. I will add cayenne or fresh chiles, more lime, more curry paste next time. Also stir in about 2 tbsp of cilantro before serving.

bkbroiler52's Review

April 13, 2013
Fantastic. My young daughter enjoys this recipe also.

Sugarsgirl01's Review

December 11, 2014

daneanp's Review

October 01, 2013
Meh. Love Thai food. Love curry. This was just boring. I even doubled the coconut milk and used a couple of tablespoons of tomato paste vs. the tomato sauce. The flavors just didn't meld well. Plenty of much better thai-inspired dishes out there. Won't make this one again.

Cindy Bee's Review

August 07, 2011
I've been making this recipe for years ever since it was published. I like to add more curry paste and fresh lime juice for more flavor. Sometimes I'll also add sliced red bell pepper. The whole family loves it including baby and toddler.

jeichner's Review

February 13, 2012
I thought this was pretty good - a really nice sloppy-joe alternative in my opinion. I used more coconut milk and half the tomato sauce and probably tripled the curry and doubled the fish sauce. Also added some coriander. Oh, and fresh garlic. Was very quick to make.