Indian-Style Shredded Beef

This incredibly flavorful and tender Indian-Style Shredded Beef cooks in the slow cooker for an easy meal that’s great for dinner, and leftovers too! 

Shredded Indian Style Beef From Natalie Perry's Cookbook With Cauliflower Rice, Chopped Cilantro, And Fresh Lime Wedges On Blue Flowered Anthropologie Plate

“This is my favorite shredded beef I’ve ever had” is what my husband Pete said about this recipe.

And what does my 2-year old have to say about it?

Well, at lunchtime he repeatedly points at the fridge and chants “beef.”

Over. And Over. And Over again.

I have to agree with my boys on how delicious this recipe is, and fortunately I can say that without sounding like I’m tooting my own horn, because this is my friend Natalie‘s recipe!

Natalie is the food blogger behind Perry’s Plate, and this beef comes from her recent cookbook The Big Book of Paleo Slow Cooker200 Nourishing Recipes That Cook Carefree, for Everyday Dinners and Weekend Feasts.

When Natalie sent me a copy late last fall, I bookmarked an obscene number of recipes (as in, I should’ve just marked the recipes I didn’t want to make right away), and it has proved to be especially helpful as I’ve been eating more paleo and Whole30-compliant meals in the new year.

Natalie is a wife and mother, which I think lends itself to the qualities of this book. It’s full of big-batch paleo recipes that will feed the whole family, all made in the slow cooker for minimal fuss (check out Natalie’s post here to go on a visual tour of her favorite recipes from the book).

Natalie writes about this recipe, “Beef isn’t commonly served in Indian because of the religious beliefs of most people, but it pairs well with the strong, complex spices in Indian cuisines. This tender, shredded beef is one of my favorite Indian-style dishes to date.”

This has become one of our favorite dishes too, and the spice rub Natalie uses for the beef is SO good. I think this will become a regular staple for us!

Freshly Shredded Indian Slow Cooked Beef With Fresh Lime, Cauliflower Rice, and Cilantro

To get started, make a spice mix with cumin, coriander, black pepper, turmeric, cinnamon, cardamom, fennel seed (I forgot this, oops), cloves, and salt:

Indian Style Spices in White Marble Pinch Bowl: Turmeric, Cumin, Coriander, and More

Rub the spice mix all over a 3 to 4-pound beef roast, then place in a slow cooker with sliced shallot, jalapeño, grated ginger, bay leaves, and beef broth:

Indian Spice Rubbed Beef Roast in Crockpot With Jalapeno, Shallot, Bay Leaves, and Grated Ginger

Cook for about 8 hours, until the beef shreds easily with a fork:

Perfectly Shredded Indian Spiced Beef Roast in Crockpot With Cooking Juices

Look how gorgeous the shreds of beef are. You can see how tender it is:

Slow Cooker Indian Shredded Beef On Cutting Board Ready To Be Shredded

Pull the beef apart, then place it back into the cooking juices, and add cilantro, coconut cream, and lime juice:

Shredded Indian Spiced Beef Roast In Slow Cooker With Coconut Milk And Cilantro

Toss it all together, then garnish with extra chopped cilantro and lime wedges.

A Cup Of Shredded Indian Spiced Beef With Cauliflower Rice, Lime Wedges, Cilantro, And a Fork

Natalie recommends serving the beef with cauliflower rice, and I found it to be a perfect side to go with it.

If you’d like to get a copy of Natalie’s book, you can get it on Amazon or wherever books are sold. One thing I noted about the book is there are SO many recipes in here. I love that Natalie included so many ideas (and 16 shredded meat recipes, because shredded meat is baby James’ favorite).


A Cup Of Shredded Indian Spiced Beef With Cauliflower Rice, Lime Wedges, Cilantro, And a Fork
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Indian-Style Shredded Beef

 This incredibly flavorful and tender Indian-Style Shredded Beef cooks in the slow cooker for an easy meal that's great for dinner, and leftovers too! 
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Keyword indian beef, shredded beef
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 7 hours
Total Time 7 hours 15 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 474kcal


  • 1 tbsp sea salt (18g by weight)
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp fennel seed
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 3- to 4- pound beef roast
  • 2 shallots thinly sliced
  • 2- inch knob of ginger, grated
  • 1 jalapeño seeded and diced
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 1/2 cup coconut cream or 1 cup full-fat coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup fresh chopped cilantro, plus more for serving
  • 3 limes
  • cauliflower rice for serving


  • In a small bowl, combine the salt, cumin coriander, black pepper, turmeric, cinnamon, cardamom, fennel seed, and cloves.
  • Rub the spice blend over the entire roast and place it in a 4-quart (3.8 liter) slow cooker. Add the shallots, ginger, jalapeño, and bay leaves to the slow cooker. Pour the beef broth down the side of the cooker.
  • Cover and cook on low for 7 to 8 hours, until the meat is tender and pulls apart easily.
  • Remove the roast from the slow cooker, shred it into bite-sized pieces, and put it back into the cooking juices*. Add the coconut cream, cilantro, and the juice from half of a lime. Stir it well. Taste, and add more lime juice or salt if necessary. Cut the remaining lime into wedges.
  • Serve beef over cauliflower rice with a sprinkle of cilantro and a couple of lime wedges.


*I skimmed the excess fat off the top.
Recipe shared from The Big Book of Paleo Slow Cooker by Natalie Perry, with permission.


Calories: 474kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 149mg | Sodium: 645mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g
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