A casserole dish of beef hotpot

Easy beef hotpot

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(114 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



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  • 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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8th Nov, 2012
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!
28th Oct, 2012
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.
12th Sep, 2012
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.
12th Sep, 2012
I use baby potatoes and add parsnips as well for this easy and filling dish.
30th Aug, 2012
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
25th Jun, 2012
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.
2nd Jun, 2012
love this. ive made it around five times now, cheap, easy and makes so much that i can freeze a few portions too
2nd Jun, 2012
love this. ive made it around five times now, cheap, easy and makes so much that i can freeze a few portions too
11th May, 2012
This was soooo good, my kids loved it and it tasted even better the next day.
4th May, 2012
This was the first time I've done anything to call a 'hotpot' and it was great tasting for a pretty easy dish to make :) I used 750kg new potatoes and some thinly sliced celery with the veg at the start, frying it for a bit to soften. I crumbled a beef OXO cube over the meat and veg and used two Knorr stock pots, one beef one veg, when the water went in. I added a couple of mushrooms with 10 mins to go, and the beans 5 mins to go, and as another commenter said, stirred in some gravy granules at the end. The result was quite a meaty taste but the veg still had flavour and its lovely to put together when home from work on a colder day. I'd definitely make it again and probably try making my own dumplings to go with next time!


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