Cold weather hotpot

Cold weather hotpot

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Cooking time

Ready in 40-45 minutes

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 5 - 6

This recipe stretches a pack of mince brilliantly - and is perfect eaten straight from the bowl with a spoon

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
417
protein
29g
carbs
55g
fat
10g
saturates
4g
fibre
8g
sugar
3g
salt
2.9g

Ingredients

  • 2 onions
  • 300g carrots
  • 1kg potatoes
  • 450g lean minced beef
  • 2 beef stock cubes
  • 400g can baked beans
  • splash of Worcestershire sauce
  • handful of roughly chopped parsley (optional)

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Method

  1. Cut each onion into eight wedges. Roughly chop the carrots and cut the potatoes into large chunks. Put the kettle on.
  2. Heat a large non-stick pan, add the mince and fry quickly, stirring all the time, until evenly browned. Crumble in the stock cubes and mix well. Add the prepared vegetables, stir them around, then pour in 900ml/11⁄2 pints of hot water from the kettle. Bring to the boil.
  3. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 25-30 minutes, until the veg are tender. Stir in the baked beans and a generous splash of Worcestershire sauce and heat through. Taste and add salt and pepper if necessary.
  4. Scatter over the parsley, then ladle the hotpot into bowls. Put the Worcestershire sauce bottle on the table in case anyone fancies a bit more spice.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, March 2003

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blushingpixie75's picture

very tasty. I have made this several times and my boys just love it. cheap and quick as well.

wendy1427's picture

Perfect, comfort food at it's best. Haven't made since last winter but will def become a family favourite again this winter.

christinesfood's picture
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Great comfort food. Tastes lovely and the whole family love it. I don't find it watery, the beans tend to thicken the whole thing when added.

lindad4a's picture
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I made this for the first time tonight and it was lovely. Very quick and easy to make, very enjoyable to eat and not too much washing up! I didn't have a kilo of potatoes - and I'm glad I didn't as I think they would have been too much. I used about 600g of Charlotte potatoes and they were perfect. I added a few sticks of celery and a couple of teaspoons of Bisto, didn't bother with the parsley but served the hotpot with a generous portion of green veg. A really perfect mid-week meal for a cold evening. Will be making this again and again.

sammd001's picture
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The stew went down a treat. I'll definitely prepare it again!

bombecka19's picture
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This is now a firm favourite of mine and I've been making it for over a year. I tend to leave out the potatoes and I add broccolli instead, without the potatoes it cooks much quicker than the time stated above and it's normally ready in around 20 - 25 mins. I've also made it using Quorn mince rather than beef and it tasted lovely.

livvykins21's picture
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Looking at the ingredients I didn't expect this to be as tasty as it was. Cooked in the pan it was absolutely delicious and so easy to make! Heartily recommend!

sadie99's picture
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Love this. I added Bisto powder to thicken it and also some mushrooms. It's a great base to add whatever vegetables you fancy. A lovely, warming recipe. Will definitely make again and again.

susipops's picture
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Wasn't sure about this when I saw the recipe but the reviews were good and I thought that my children might like it. I didn't believe that anything with a tin of beans in it would be very nice. My children think that it is fantastic and have requested the left overs for tomorrow! I was pleasantly surprised to find that it is in fact really tasty and extremely easy to make. Will definitely be cooking it again.

889781's picture

I use baby potatoes and add parsnips as well for this easy and filling dish.

stewartk89's picture

perfect for cold weather...ultimate comfort food! must say I tweaked a little. Like others I added some gravy granules to thicken along with a chopped red chilli and some pickled onions. They add a lovely sweet taste to it! :D

sosjander's picture
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Fantastic. I've made this a few times now and have added to the ingredients. As a non-red meat eater, straight away I used veggie-style chicken pieces instead of the mince, and I now include parsnip, sprouts (frozen sprouts are fine) and a some mushrooms - surprisingly, the mushrooms really do work.

Finally, instead of using Worcestershire sauce, I add a healthy glug of Extra Hot Peri-Peri sauce - just to give to whole meal a bit of "oomph" and I also allow for all the wonderful flavours to "ferment" in the fridge (once cooled) for 24 - 48 hours.

Easy to do and wholeheartly satisfying.

kezwold's picture
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love this. ive made it around five times now, cheap, easy and makes so much that i can freeze a few portions too

kezwold's picture
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love this. ive made it around five times now, cheap, easy and makes so much that i can freeze a few portions too

cc-offe's picture
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This was soooo good, my kids loved it and it tasted even better the next day.

arcanedust's picture
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This was the first time I've done anything to call a 'hotpot' and it was great tasting for a pretty easy dish to make :)
I used 750kg new potatoes and some thinly sliced celery with the veg at the start, frying it for a bit to soften. I crumbled a beef OXO cube over the meat and veg and used two Knorr stock pots, one beef one veg, when the water went in.
I added a couple of mushrooms with 10 mins to go, and the beans 5 mins to go, and as another commenter said, stirred in some gravy granules at the end.
The result was quite a meaty taste but the veg still had flavour and its lovely to put together when home from work on a colder day.
I'd definitely make it again and probably try making my own dumplings to go with next time!

rainbowrosebuds's picture
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quick and easy to make and easy to adapt to your own taste. i added leeks and peas as i only had a small amount of mince. good way of using up veggies. was yummy even made with low quality frozen mince!!

halophd's picture
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i made this dish and loved it so easy to make and a tasty dish , i cooked mine the put it in the slow cooker for later tasted great, i did put some cornflour in to slightly thicken , but its a good dish alround my 4 year old loved it!

tabitha26's picture

Yuk! Was like soup.
If you're Scottish and want a plate of mince and tattles then make that and give this dish a miss.

tabitha26's picture

Yuk! Was like soup.
If you're Scottish and want a plate of mince and tattles then make that and give this dish a miss.

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