Minced beef & sweet potato stew

Minced beef & sweet potato stew

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(25 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 1 hr


Serves 4
Thrifty lean mince makes a great base for a hearty family casserole - serve this one-pot with seasonal greens

Nutrition and extra info

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Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal368
  • fat13g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs35g
  • sugars17g
  • fibre6g
  • protein29g
  • salt0.6g
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  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
    Sunflower oil

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  • 1 large onion, chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 1 large carrot, chopped



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

  • 1 celery stick, sliced



    A collection of long, thick, juicy stalks around a central, tender heart, celery ranges in…

  • 500g lean minced beef
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 1 tbsp mushroom ketchup
  • 400g can chopped tomato
  • 450g sweet potato, peeled and cut into large chunks
    Sweet potatoes

    Sweet potato

    sweet po-tate-toe

    Sweet potatoes have a creamy texture and a sweet-spicy flavour that makes them ideal for savoury…

  • few thyme sprigs


    This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…

  • 1 bay leaf
  • handful parsley, chopped



    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…

  • Savoy cabbage, to serve


  1. Heat the oil in a large pan, add the onion, carrot and celery, and sweat for 10 mins until soft. Add the beef and cook until it is browned all over.

  2. Add the tomato purée and cook for a few mins, then add the mushroom ketchup, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, herbs and a can full of water. Season well and bring to the boil.

  3. Simmer on a low heat for 40-45 mins until the sweet potatoes are tender, stirring a few times throughout cooking to make sure they are cooking evenly.

  4. Once cooked, remove the bay leaf, stir through the chopped parsley and serve with cabbage.

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11th Sep, 2013
Yummy one pot meal. Didn't have to coerce my 6 yo to eat the cabbage and sweet potatoes for once.
11th Aug, 2013
Good recipe for our weekday evening meal. Instead of the mushroom ketchup I just used ordinary ketchup and added some mushrooms to the stew. To speed cooking time up when I was in a hurry I microwaved the sweet potato for about 5 minutes just to soften it up a bit and it reduced the simmering time a lot. Very delicious.
24th Jun, 2013
Brilliant recipe, easy to make especially if you pop it in a slow cooker! Everyone in the family loves it including my 2 year old. Also freezes well!
10th Aug, 2013
i'd like to do this in my slowcooker, did you cook it on the hob first then transfer? was it not really watery? thanks
27th Jun, 2014
i do it in the slow cooker, its great and low gi with the cabbage too, my method for slow cooker: soften onion in frying pan, brown meat then add tom puree, mushroom ketchup and tinned toms and only 1/3 to half a can of water, (you can add more water to slow cooker if it doesent cover) bring to boil, transfer to slow cooker. All other ingredients i put straight in the slow cooker, sweet potatoes, carrots and herbs, no need to fry them first as they easily cook in the slow cooker. Check theres enough liquid to cover all ingredients in slow cooker, if not add a bit more water... leave it all day if you want it tastes better the longer you leave it!!! oh i also add a beef stock cube to the frying pad ingredients and dissolve it in there, just to deepen the flavour
31st May, 2013
Simple to make such a crowd pleaser for a mid week meal or after a cold walk.
4th Mar, 2013
Made this tonight, absolutely gorgeous. I added extra carrots and mushrooms to bring the veg count even higher and used 1 1/2 cups of veg stock, it was delicious! Served with crusty rolls and broccoli. Will definitely make again.
4th Mar, 2013
Too sweet for our tastes
2nd Mar, 2013
This is my second go at this, 1st time did with Worcestershire sauce, this time with mushroom ketchup, courtesy of Waitrose, delicious either way, i think maggi sauce would work equally well!
27th Feb, 2013
I used white vinegar and Worcestershire sauce as some have suggested and it was good. Couldn't source the mushroom ketchup easily - I've down rated the recipe for this reason; otherwise worked well.


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