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)

catbail's picture

We love this. I don't use the beans, but add extra veg like sliced cabbage, parsnip, celery - whatever's around waiting to be used up. It freezes well too.

feejay01's picture

This is a cheap and cheerful uncomplicated dish. Its also super quick and easy! I really enjoyed it, I read a few of the negative reviews and disagree whilst this is not fine dining it does what it says and the whole family loved it for what it is.

Aj070's picture

Very good and quick to make. I also put some turnip in and a small squirt of puree

AshleyP's picture

I have to say out of all the g.f recipes I have tryed this is my top fav. It's the easiest- pop everything in the dish (I don't pre-fry the meat just put it ALL in) then leave, the longer the better. This is one that is always being made in our house. It's SOOOooo easy, cheap if ur on a budget, but so tasty and so full of goodness. 100%

cheekymissevans's picture

Nice and easy to make. However the gravy was quite thin and cooking time need much longer than suggested. Overall a great cheap meal for the family.

lauramurray's picture

Found this very bland considering the high ratings. Added some beef bistro and a tin of tomato soup which improved it. Good for fussy kids that don't like tasty food maybe but not for us.

lizleicester's picture

So simple (and tasty). Used up a parsnip and swede instead of some of the carrots. Only had 600g potatoes which was plenty. Cheap and cheerful meal.

alexsousa's picture

Easy to make and my wife loved it!

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

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

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

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

bombecka19's picture

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

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

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

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

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.


Questions (1)

jennimh's picture

Is there any reason why this recipe does not have a freezable symbol?

Tips (1)

hopkij's picture

Lovely recipe, cheap to make and tasty. I add large chunks of celery, chilli flakes and as I like a thicker consistency I mix the Worcester sauce with cornflour before adding. Freezes well and healthy, what more could you ask for.