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A casserole dish of beef hotpot

Easy beef hotpot

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(113 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



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

  • 1kg potatoes



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

  • 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 Jan, 2012
Yuk! Was like soup. If you're Scottish and want a plate of mince and tattles then make that and give this dish a miss.
8th Jan, 2012
Yuk! Was like soup. If you're Scottish and want a plate of mince and tattles then make that and give this dish a miss.
7th Jan, 2012
I made this at the weekend and really enjoyed it. I had read the comment about calling it cowboy stew and thought this would appeal to the kids, it did but unfortunatley it did not entice my youngest to eat the veg in it!
7th Dec, 2011
Made this for tea and it was really tasty. I added some garlic and chilli for extra depth and it worked well.will make this again.
13th Oct, 2011
I made a huge pot of this to freeze, for when we move house. Added a big squirt of tomato puree, & a glug of mushroom ketchup for depth of flavour. Tastes great - looking forward to it!!
8th Oct, 2011
A lot of people have found this dish a bit runny. Why not try taking out a few of the carrots and potatoes, mashing them up together and then returning them to the pot? This will give a thicker gravy without changing the taste.
14th Aug, 2011
We had this for supper tonight and it was delicious. We used all our own vegetables and mopped up the gravy with homemade wholemeal bread. Quick to prepare and I then put it in the oven (Everhot) for the day.
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12th Jun, 2011
a bit too much woostie sauce, but good. added silverbeet, rosemary and thyme
1st Jun, 2011
Very easy to make and even better the second time round when the flavours had mingled! My husband (very fussy eater) loved it. Will definitely make it again but will add more Worcestershire sauce next time.
25th Mar, 2011
Warming, traditional and tasty - especially the day after! Would suggest adding a little cornflour or gravy granules to thicken it up a bit.


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