Chilli beef shepherd's pie

Chilli beef shepherd's pie

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Prep: 5 mins Cook: 30 mins


Serves 4
The family favourite with a spicy kick and parsnip mash topping

Nutrition and extra info

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Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal518
  • fat18g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs52g
  • sugars22g
  • fibre18g
  • protein39g
  • salt1.48g
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  • 2 tsp olive oil
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  • 1 large onion, chopped



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  • 2 tsp cumin seed
  • 500g pack lean minced beef
  • 2 garlic clove, crushed
  • 420g can kidney bean in chilli sauce
  • 400g can chopped tomato
  • 1kg parsnips, peeled and chopped into chunks



    The fact that the parsnip is a member of the carrot family comes as no surprise - it looks just…


  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.

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Comments (42)

ciara_barry's picture

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

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

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

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

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

conniegillett's picture

This was perfect as something a little bit different for having people over with not much time to prepare. Its great as it has a kick and suits people like us who like a lot of flavour and usually add chilli to shepherds pie! The parsnip was a great touch, we did half parsnip half potato which was really nice but would try it all parsnip too. Thought the kidney beans worked well and didn't make it feel like you were eating chilli con carne in a pie, as I thought it might!

halcyondayz's picture

I used half potato and half parsnip mash as well as I thought just parsnip would be too sweet. A spicy, lighter version of a cottage pie for the warmer months.

halcyondayz's picture

I used half potato and half parsnip mash as well as I thought just parsnip would be too sweet. A spicy, lighter version of a cottage pie for the warmer months.

boiledover's picture

I do not like kidney beans so I use baked beans added carrots and half and half potato and parsnip. Delicious ! I also mince my own meat. I don't trust supermarket mince.

holmfirth's picture

I love the white sweet potatoes kelly, so much nicer than the orange kind :))))

kellylogan's picture

this is so good! i used ground cumin (as didn't have the seeds), left out the beans, but added dried chilli flakes & used a mix of 1/2 sweet potato & 1/2 potato for topping (our sweet pots in south africa are white, not orange). oh, and topped with grated cheese before grilling. sure to become a regular!

redsetter5's picture

Really tasty comfort food recipe - loved it and will make again

stokelass's picture

I made this for dinner with friends last night and it was enjoyed by all. I used mashed potato for the topping though as I had no parsnips. I may use half potato / half parsnip next time though. I will probably leave the water out next time also. I've had the leftovers for lunch today. Lovely!

jodunn's picture

Very tasty but found rather too many parsnips but it may have been that I didn't have the dish - have now bought one! The next day there was quite alot left over. So was considering options and decided on sort of burgers - mashed all that was left together moulded mixture into burger shapes topped with slice of tomato and parm and baked in oven - delicious!!

penyfai's picture

My dinner guests were very impressed by this. I used my favourite chill con carne recipe by Good Food, but then added the topping and put it under the grill. It took a little longer this way, but was definitely worth it. It easily served up 4 portions, could probably stretch to 6 though if served with some nice vegetables.

pmountifield's picture

Great recipe - easy to make and all the family loved it (including the kids!) The parsnips added a nice twist and I'm sure it wouldn't have been so tasty had it been made with mashed potato. Will definitely be making this again.

fionamckenzie's picture

I liked this, although I felt that parsnip became the dominant flavour because of the mash. If I were to do this again, I would either make the mash with half parsnip/half potato, or just use all potato mash.

bethocallaghan's picture

Really good. I grated some cheese on top as well.

clovelly1's picture

Delicious! It's basically Chilli con Carne so if you have a favourite recipe for that try it this way, I've made it with a sweet potato topping too. It's a great Friday night supper after the pub!


kelliemarie's picture

This was so nice & really easy to make! I don't think it needs the water but still really nice with it!
When it came to putting it together I found there wasn't enough mash for the amount of mince so just served the mash on the side.
Really filling and such a good idea, will definately be trying this again!!!


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