Cold weather hotpot

Cold weather hotpot

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(109 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)

nancypatrickstephan's picture

Easy, simple yet yummy! My family loved it!

nancypatrickstephan's picture

Excellent! Simple and easy yet yummy. My family loved this!

anniex's picture

This is a delicious and simple meal, we really enjoyed it! I can recommend adding a chilli. If it looks too thin, just cook it a little longer, the potatoes will start to break down, and will thicken it. Great comfort food!

jompower's picture

I have made this a couple of times. The first time my daughter complained about the onions so this time I grated the onions which helped thicken up the sauce a little I did also use some gravy to help thicken it up a bit. No complaints this time just empty plates. Very yummy

blackethouse's picture

Add a good pinch of dried chilli flakes to this delicious winter warmer. Everybody loved it. Voted onto weekly menu.

boobesque's picture

This is one of my favourite recipes, its cheap, quick and tasty. My partner always goes back for seconds!
After reading the comments I am going to make this with dumplings next time!

ermintrude75's picture

We found this bland and too watery, disappointing having followed the recipe closely. Even the reheated leftovers were not much improved, whereas with many dishes the flavours mingle and intensify overnight.

krissyb's picture

i really loved this, its such a warming dish, great comfort food. we had it with warm crusty bread. it's great as well because you can chuck such a variety of veg in there. i would say it would serve 4 but thats probably because we like big portions in our house!

vrog's picture

Good and simple - I agree with others though who say that it needs a bit of thickening. Used a dessertspoon of cornflour.
Also only used 1 stock cube to reduce the salt a little.

sookynook's picture

My boyfriend and I made this on Saturday, without making any changes to the recipe and it was wonderful! We had it with buttered crusty bread too; simply delicious and we'll be making it again!

lynsid's picture

I made this dish for friends and left out the beans, but added turnip and dumplings and served it in a giant yorkshire pud. This went down a treat, will definatley be doing this again.

lynettekotze's picture

Very easy to make and great tasting. I forgot the onions, but added leek and some big chunks of sweet potato (oh, I also forgot the beans). and it was great.

deegriffiths's picture

it was so easy to do when i got home from work.the best thing was my hubby did the washing up as there wasn't much, Nice change!!!

louiseburke53's picture

this is a great midweek meal for all the family, my son loves it and has it as in the recipe, but for the adults i add some red chilli's to warm it up a bit more!! i also add bisto or corn flour to thicken a little. this also works in the slow cooker, even easier!!!

kay_wal's picture

I made this last Boxing day. Simple to make and very yummy! Just an easy one-pot dish to dip into whenever you want on a lazy Boxing Day. Will be making it again this year!

junesymes's picture

A lazy cottage pie with beans, my children really liked it served with crusty bread. Trying it again replacing Beans with Herbs, Swede & Peas. Was reaaly quick and cheap.

trenethick's picture

Made some modifications by halving the amount of potatoes and added other root vegetables instead of all thoses potatoes.(My husband said there was still too many spuds when we had it for our supper)I put everything into my slow cooker with one stock cube and half the amount of water .It was very tasty but will make yet more modifications next time.

evenstar's picture

I was a bit worried about it cos it looked a bit watery when I was serving it up, more like a soup really. However it was really yummy and filling. Even my husband (who is extremely picky!) ate it all and asked for more, so just because of that I will definitely be making it again!!

wildwoman66's picture

Have made this recipe a few times now and have enjoyed it every time.Will try it with herby dumplings next time for a change,great hit.

clairejprice's picture

Not bad, wouldn't make it very often but ok for a change!


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