Cold weather hotpot

Cold weather hotpot

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(110 ratings)

Ready in 40-45 minutes


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: per serving

  • kcal417
  • fat10g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs55g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre8g
  • protein29g
  • salt2.9g
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  • 2 onions



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 300g carrots



    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 1kg potatoes



    The world's favourite root vegetable, the potato comes in innumerable varieties. A member of…

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



    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…


  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.

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Comments (102)

mounses2's picture

Made this and the 'Easy White Bread' on my day off today, they went lovely together. A great mid week meal and enough left over to put in the freezer for an after work nourishing meal.Lovely tender chunky veg and the beans were an unusual but tasty addition.

schizofish's picture

Made this in the slow-cooker the day before the weekly shop. Used beef stock from a pot-roast earlier in the week, and did not have enough spuds, so added the last half of a butternut squash as well. We also added a little chilli powder to make it a bit spicier and thickened with cornflour. My husband and kids wolfed it down, so will definitely be making again - cheap & easy, stick in the slow cooker and forget!

babybex's picture

perfect winter dish cook as soon as the weather turns cold.

Foodmonster2's picture

So quick and easy, yet tastes good and comforting. My only criticism is the consistency - a little too watery. Little bit of Beurre Manié does the trick though.

rhianthomas1984's picture

Tasty, easy and filling. A great meal for those miserable cold winter evenings.

jasonz's picture

Probably the worst thing I've ever made. It is really unpleasant. I used good mince but it's just pretty unlikeable after the first bowl.

If but for the meat content, one would consider it a rather nasty gruel. I think it needs better meat, possibly stewing steak.

charliecancook's picture

Made this midweek and was gobsmacked by the reception it got! Never before has my ten-year-old daughter returned to the pan (huge, it makes loads) for a second helping of any stew-type dish and the whole family loved it. I did modify it a bit, I couldn't stop myself frying the onions, added some finely chopped celery and swede, a bay leaf and a bit of tomato puree. I also found it needed a bit more liquid stock to beef up the flavour a bit. Perfect with lots of crusty bread and really easy to make. A definite regular from now on and I am thinking of adding baked beans to everything in future as my daughter insists that's what makes it superior!

mustang's picture

A super simple meal for all the family, And so quick to make.

rivermite1966's picture

Very easy prep. Will become a standard in our house. Think the sauce could be tweaked with a smidge of English mustard. One of these nice dishes you can almost busk, never the same twice but always tasty. Play with the quantities and it can be very economical. Would be great for children to get involved.

striker26uk's picture

Bland, flavourless rubbish. Good if all you eat is processed rubbish I'm sure but for us the worst thing we have ever cooked. I can't believe it made it to the magazine.

sisterdew's picture

very nice, added some tomato puree, garlic, thyme and a touch of cayenne pepper.

brattanc's picture

Made this for tea tonight and it went down very well. Prepared it all and left it simmering nicely while I went out for a run. By the time I got back in from my run it was ready to dish up. We added kidney beans rather than baked beans and some gravy granules to thicken it up. Will definitely make this again. Easy mid week meal. Very tasty.

huxley-radish's picture

I left the lid off it for too long so most of the juice was absorbed, but man was it good. I overcooked it a little too so it was all slushy. Perfect with a bread roll. My flatmate loved it too :)

I tried to do it in the oven as my pots were too small to cook it all at once, but it didn't really cook as well.

alyc72's picture

I have made this several times now and it's always a popular dish with the whole family and very economical. I always add chilli and garlic with the onion and any root veg i have at the time. Delicious.

laurencepullar's picture

Great dish. I used chick peas instead of beans and added a touch of turmeric. This will be favourite this winter.

lilymayrose's picture

This was much nicer than I expected - only cooked it because I wanted to use up some ingredients that matched the recipe. I used celery in addition to the other veg and had a quick taste whilst it was cooking - it was a bit wishy washy so I added half a tin of chopped toms and a dollop of tomato puree. Lovely with our home made bread, will definitely cook again!

swirlie's picture

We cook this a lot for something quick and tasty!!

chezza12's picture

family realy enjoyed this.very easy,but did add gravy granules to thicken.

hotcook1's picture

took out the baked beans replaced with spagetti hoops also added mushrooms .a very tasty meal

zakwoodway's picture

very simple tasty dish added dried mixed herbs and served with garlic bread


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