Beef & bean hotpot

Beef & bean hotpot

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 45 mins


Serves 8
A hearty one pot meal to satisfy the whole family

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal362
  • fat5g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs51g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre8g
  • protein31g
  • salt2.05g
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  • 750g lean minced beef



    The classic cut of meat for a British Sunday roast, beef is full of flavour, as well as being a…

  • 1 beef stock cube



    The classic cut of meat for a British Sunday roast, beef is full of flavour, as well as being a…

  • 2 large onion, roughly chopped



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

  • 450g carrots, peeled and thickly sliced



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

  • 1¼kg/2lb 12oz potato, peeled and cut into large chunks



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

  • 2 400g cans baked beans
  • Worcestershire sauce or Tabasco sauce, to taste
  • large handful of parsley, roughly chopped



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


  1. Heat a large non-stick pan, add the beef then fry over a medium-high heat until browned, stirring often and breaking up any lumps with a spoon. Crumble in the stock cube and mix well.

  2. Add the vegetables, stir to mix with the beef and pour in enough boiling water (about 1.3 litres) to cover. Bring to the boil, then lower the heat and stir well. Cover the pan and simmer gently for about 30 mins or until the vegetables are tender.

  3. Tip in the baked beans, sprinkle with Worcestershire sauce or Tabasco to taste, stir well and heat through. Taste for seasoning and sprinkle with parsley. Serve with extra Worcestershire sauce or Tabasco, for those who like a peppery hot taste.

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Comments (56)

amcoop's picture

Very yummy!! I used less water as we like nice thick sauce and we ate it just as it was. Would say like that it only serves 6 though. Freezes really well and will def be making again.

keri-leigh's picture

This recipe is very similar to a family favourite of ours which substitutes the tabasco sauce for a teaspoon of tomato and garlic puree and a good dollop of both red and brown sauce. Add carrots and sweetcorn and it tastes delicious. Parsnip and potato mash made with finely chopped potato and parsnip parboiled for only 10 minutes then mashed with a little butter and cream is the perfect accompaniment. Try Paul Rankins mince recipe with red wine from the ordinary bbc recipe site for a fancier version of this. It's gorgeous too.

poshpause's picture

I made a complete pig's ear of making this - bought diced beef instead of mince, for starters! However, even with substituting Butternut Squash for carrots (because one member of our family can't cope with carrots), it came out smashing! Definitely a do-again. We had crusty bread rolls with it and could have kept on eating it!

racheleleri's picture

I don't like baked beans and was looking for a recipe to use them up with - this was great. A really tasty, healthy meal. I addded peas for a bit more colour and like a lot of others used less water. Very easy to cook and great for the freezer for work lunches.

louisehowe's picture

Make loads and freeze for later

lislec's picture

It also works brilliantly in a slow cooker!

girlwiththemostcake's picture

This is really tasty. Like one of the other reviewers, I made it with 500g mince and one onion. I also only used one tin of beans. I agree that you don't need as much liquid (particularly as the bean juice increases the moisture) so whether you're scaling up, down or following the recipe as it is, it's worth bearing that in mindI'll definitely make this again.

cazandjay's picture

when I make this I leave out the potatoes and use less liquid, I serve it with potatoes, and because it makes quite a bit, a couple of days later I cover the rest with mash and cheese and cook it in the oven for 35 mins, voila a very tasty shephards pie. two meals out of one.

jessie's picture

served with olive oil roast potatoes tasty meal

cowpat's picture

Fantastic easy meal to make which all the family loved, they even came back for seconds

cheztulip's picture

This is a great, very easy meal to make. My son loves it and so do we!

vykisparkes's picture

This is simple and hearty and great if you're on a budget as you can use value ingredients and it will feed you for a few days. My five year old daughter and adult friend both loved it - my daughter won't normally touch potatoes but happily ate the whole dish up, and wants it everyday now!
I couldn't get low fat meat, so flattened the mince with my hands and fried on a high heat to seal in the flavour on both sides. I then broke it up a little and cooked on a slightly lower heat until all of the liquid of the meat had been absorbed (draining it off can I find leave your meat a bit tasteless). I added a courgette as I had to use it up. I used the full amount of liquid, it did thicken up a little once the beans were added and the meat broke down a little, so would probably not reduce the liquid personally.
Will definitely make this a winter regular.

angiechong's picture

Can't beat this easy recipe for foolproof winter warmer. I like adding other vegetables too, and my 2 year old doesn't know any better! I tend to add less water so as not to make it too watery.

jillbrain's picture

Add leeks, parsnip, turnip, mushrooms, really lovely(Note recipe is for 8)

lyndsey_allison0506's picture

This has to be one of my most favourite recipes ever. I remember seeing this in the Good Food magazine months ago, and came onto the website to find it (and thank god i discovered the website!). It tastes so good and is made up of things that you are alwats likely to have in. It also freezes really well so i normally make twice the quantity and freeze the rest for days where i'm being lazy. Its also a nutritious meal for the family too with the iron, protein and hidden veggies - my 15 month old laps it up. Fot the adults i like extra parsley and Worcester sauce! Enjoy - this is a classic!

catherinenowicki's picture

This is such an easy recipe and very tasty. I do it with a standard sized pack of mince and one onion. It goes down a treat.


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