Cold weather hotpot

Cold weather hotpot

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(108 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 (101)

silverhill's picture

extremely easy to make. a real winner with my family. simple ingredients that i already had and worcester sauce gave it that little kick. i also crumbled 2 stock cubes in instead of 1. really delicious.

cerrynn1's picture

A keeper. I've made this probably a half dozen times now, both as written and with minor variations (adding frozen petit pois, parsnips, swede, etc). My husband and three teenage stepsons love it ... and it is very, very easy.

hawkieboy's picture

never changed anything. this was a lovely dish whole family enjoyed it so much we made it again. very easy to make full of flavor.

rosedaled610's picture

Yummy Yummy Yummy!! the whole family loved it even my 8 year old who moans about onions didn't bother picking them out. Would definately make again especially on a cold day. Next time going to fill a giant Yorkshire Pudding a change for sunday lunch...

fayfumbs's picture

Didn't look that appetisiing, but tasted great. Added some dice swede. Omitted the worcester sauce when cooking, just added individually. Serving with fresh crusty bread is a must.

rebel1's picture

made this yesterday and was nicely surprised at the outcome (was a bit worried about the beans!!). I also added some cornflour to thicken it slightly but I will definitely make it again.

donnam's picture

A def family fav. Filling and good when cant think of what to have for tea and in a rush.

tibbo_im's picture

I have made this countless times. Each time I use whatever vegetables are in the rack. My husband and 4 year old son think it's such a treat and love it with warm pitta bread. For some reason, it's become known as "Cowboy Stew" in our house.

spectrumnicolac's picture

Really filling - especially with some nice crusty bread - and very easy to make.

cheekypoo's picture

Really loved this! Added the beans at the end as my hubby doesn't like them... The children devoured it and it was made extra special with chunks of tiger bread and butter.

bumblesquat's picture

I thought this was a great, comforting mid week meal and as there are only 2 of us I had enough to take to work for a few days lunches as well. It helped towards my 5 a day as well.

vickimaybishop's picture

Made this for mid week, bung in the oven forget about it while doing dance run. I did add more veg, think it was celery and babycorn and I did fry the veg for a few mins before adding water. Then like Alison I put in the oven on low heat. Lovely home add the beans etc quick heat through on hob while getting out the plates, done how easy but good results. Will be doing again.

alison's picture

I made this last night, all the family enjoyed except my 11 year daughter who fished out all the onions from her bowl but ate the rest. I started the mince off on the hob (I always add a slash of milk which makes the mince less tough) and then put the veg in and placed the pot in the oven so I didn't have to stand over it for a few hours. I added some cornflour to thicken and the beans at the end when ready to serve. Lovely melted in the mouth, now on my list.

naomibrook21's picture

just the perfect warm-me-up meal - cant fault it

naomibrook21's picture

just the perfect warm-me-up meal - cant fault it

kellyhaynes's picture

It was ok - looked great whilst cooking but wasn't overly impressed with the finished article.

allan1234's picture

cooked this for whole family they all loved it but said they would prefer potatoes smaller. adding other vegetables gives it even more variety

Mspallett's picture

Ab fab midweek meal, kids LOVED it! I serve it with crusty bread to mop up all the juices!

starrlite's picture

great one pot dish. Made this when we went camping aswell

bubblegum's picture

Made this for a Saturday night supper and served it with home made bread, yumm.Even the Kids ate it all!!


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