A casserole dish of beef hotpot

Easy beef hotpot

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(135 ratings)

Ready in 40-45 minutes


Serves 5 - 6

Stretch a pack of mince to make this hearty dish. It's perfect eaten straight from the bowl with a spoon and some crusty bread on a cold winter's night

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



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  • 1kg potatoes



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  • 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/1½ 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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Susanna Hickman's picture
Susanna Hickman
13th Jun, 2019
This recipe is so delicious I have made it twice already, and am planning to make it a third time this week. It is very convenient done in the slow cooker. I left out the Worcester sauce, but added some gravy granules just before serving as it was quite watery. The first time I made it, it was quite beige, so the second time I added some peas.
skigirl44's picture
17th Nov, 2018
Love this, very easy to make, weird how the baked beans make it so tasty. Like others I add a small amount of cornflour to thicken it near the end of cooking.
22nd Jan, 2018
lovely easy recipe. I grated one onion and cut the other into wedges. I needed to add a little conflour at the end just to thicken slightly. I also added some peas. Served with yorkshire puddings! Perfect for a cold winters night. Next time I will serve in giant Yorkshire!
Anne2003's picture
17th Jan, 2018
Really delicious! Easy to make. Everybody loved it. It took a bit longer to make then it says on recipe. I am not sure if the potatoes and carrots are to be peeled or not? Otherwise perfect!!
26th Sep, 2017
I've made this frequently, follow the recipe but add some plain flour before the stock. My teenagers make it if they have friends over and serve it in giant Yorkshire puddings. It's a good, economical dinner.
14th Jul, 2017
Nursery food at it's best! I add peas at the same time at the beans, leave out the potatoes and serve with mash instead for extra comfort on a cold night with a dash or two of tabasco for a bit of a kick.
1st Jun, 2017
Our staple meal every week.
29th Dec, 2016
Love this recipe, but I had to add a little gravy mix to thicken it up
26th Oct, 2016
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.
29th Jun, 2016
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.


14th Sep, 2013
Is there any reason why this recipe does not have a freezable symbol?
9th Apr, 2014
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.
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