Chilli beef shepherd's pie

Chilli beef shepherd's pie

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Cooking time

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 30 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

The family favourite with a spicy kick and parsnip mash topping

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
518
protein
39g
carbs
52g
fat
18g
saturates
6g
fibre
18g
sugar
22g
salt
1.48g

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 500g pack lean minced beef
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 420g can kidney beans in chilli sauce
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 1kg parsnips, peeled and chopped into chunks

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Method

  1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan, then soften the onion with 1 tsp cumin for a few mins. Push the onion to the edge of the pan, add the beef, then brown well, breaking up the lumps as you go. Add the garlic, kidney beans, chopped tomatoes and half a can of water, season and cover, then simmer for 20 mins.
  2. Meanwhile, cook the parsnips in boiling salted water until tender, drain well, then mash with some freshly milled black pepper and a little salt. Heat the grill to high. Tip the chilli mince into a large ovenproof dish, spoon over the mash, scatter with the remaining cumin seeds, then grill for 5 mins until golden.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, November 2008

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k8simmons's picture

I am making this for dinner with friends tonight. I agree that the 'chilli' factor was a bit thin so I have added more chilli, plus a bit of sugar to add depth to the flavour. I have also done the mash as half and half parsnip and celeriac with a little fresh parmesan grated on top. The kids love it, just hoping my friends do too.... ;0)

zoestabler's picture

I really like this with a mix of sweet potato and parsnip mash

pmountifield's picture

This is a definite family favourite and so easy to make. I follow the recipe with the parsnip & cumin seed topping. It would ruin it to use anything else. If you like really spicy then add either fresh chillis or chilli powder to suit. I always make double the quantity and freeze any extras.

Ian Tanton's picture

It's great and so simple.

sarah77's picture

Hi all, I'm going to cook this tomorrow for friends and was wondering for those who have already tried it, do you think some bits of chorizo in the mince would work well?

eleanormayo's picture
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This was nice, but not very "chilli", I added a good sprinkling of mild chilli powder aswell, but when the mince finished cooking it still needed a good shake of tabasco. I don't like parsnips so topped with half sweet potato/have normal potato mash, which worked well. Only 3*s for not living up to the chilli name!

leah2302's picture
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I made this with beef and carrots as my boyf is not a fan of kidney beans and I only had lamb mince. It was delicious!! Added some cheese on top and used plain potato mash. I slightly upped the amount of cumin and added a good portion of chilli flakes. I also didn't add the water and added an extra tin of tomato as I think I made a bigger portion of mince than the recipe states. It tasted a bit like a healthy version of chilli nachos! Will def make again!

evelynjcooper's picture
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This was 'OK', but I probably wont be making it again. I wasn't impressed with the chilli sauce from the tin of kidney beans (bought from Sainsburys), I think it would be better to make the sauce from scratch. However, I think I'll stick with traditional shepherd's/cottage pie OR chilli & rice!

britbrit100's picture
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This was so delicious I didn't add to much water and also added some Tabasco sauce I also grated cheese on top of the parsnips before grilling I think the parsnips are really lovely with it and I think the cheese really made this dish even more yummy will defo being making this again me and my partner both went back for seconds and it's also delicious for lunch the next day : )

britbrit100's picture
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This was so delicious I didn't add to much water and also added some Tabasco sauce I also grated cheese on top of the parsnips before grilling I think the parsnips are really lovely with it and I think the cheese really made this dish even more yummy will defo being making this again me and my partner both went back for seconds and it's also delicious for lunch the next day : )

eleanormayo's picture
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Really yummy - liked the changes to ordinary cottage pie - I added some mushrooms, chilli powder and a couple of dashes of tabasco. I also topped with potato mash as I don't like parsnips (at all!!).

cc-offe's picture
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Love this, it's one of my favourites.

loopylinny's picture
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I made this tonight but my mom doesn't like parsnips and I didn't fancy the idea of a mashed potato topping so I decided to top with sliced new potatoes and bake in the oven to make it into a chilli beef Hotpot instead. A tasty way to use up mince with just a few store cupboard staples added

dougall's picture
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Loved this, so good.

netcurtains's picture
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Very simple and tasty dish which goes down well with all the family. Use a deep pie dish to serve so you can acomodate the parsnip mash. Also, for a more concentrated flavour leave out the water so you have a thick consistent meat sauce. After 20 minutes, if you still have a watery sauce, then turn the heat up to thicken The combination of parsnip and cumin gives the dish a "nice spicy kick"

ciara_barry's picture
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Excellent as a change from traditional cottage pie.
Did half parsnips and potatoe and next time would even use less parsnips.
Used extra cumin and some chilli powder as didn't have kidney beans with chilli.
Overall a fantastic recipie and both my husband and 3 yr old loved it.
Only thing-5 minutes prep time!?!?! More like 25 by time you've peeling chopped and fried everything

kaseygrainger's picture
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This recipe is delicious, quick and easy. I made it in advance and warmed it up the next day. I left out the kidney beans, and added a pinch of chilli flakes. I made potato mash together with one parsnip. Definately a firm favourite.

drhshires's picture
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This was fantastic! I make dozens of GF recipes and this rates as one of my favourites! Easy to make and fairly quick. I didn't add the water as it didn't need any extra liquid and I added a couple of potatoes to the mash. Next time I will add a teaspoon of mild chilli powder too for a little extra kick. Will definitely be making this again. And again. And again!

melanieday's picture
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Nice easy recipe - quick to make and nice and tasty.

I topped mine with swede instead of parsnips.

Only topped half the recipe with swede so will use the remainder of the mince mixture with rice tomorrow.

helq99's picture
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Have made this recipe a few times now ..the half potato, half parsnip topping version as suggested above. Delicious. I think the next time I may add a chopped pepper to up the vegetable component though. I love this 'pie' recipe as its really quick unlike some of the others

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