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Corned Beef Hash (Cheap meal)

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Serves 4

This is such a cheap meal and goes down a treat with my nephews, and my fiance has it as a cold lunch at work. Goes very far. Just give it a try!

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  • 400g Potatoes cooked and thoroughly mashed.
  • 1 Tin Corned Beef
  • 1 Tin Heinz Baked Beans
  • 1 Medium sized Onion finely chopped.
  • 1 tbsp Tomato Ketchup (Optional) or Marmite!!!
  • Knob of butter
  • Cheese grated
  • You will need the oven at 180C and a medium sized porcelain/glass dish.


    1. Cook your potatoes with a pinch of salt and once cooked mash well. If for children remember no lumps!!! I leave the skins on, not in laziness (Honest). Don't underestimate the skins. When mashed mix in some butter, seasoning and a splash of milk.
    2. Fry the finely chopped onion on a medium heat with the butter, fry for about 5 minutes or when they are turning a golden colour and softening. Meanwhile, open the corned beef tin. I don't get on well with corned beef tins, my key always snaps off!! Chop the corned beef roughly and crumble into the dish. When the onion is ready pour over the top of the corned beef.
    3. Then pour the tin of baked beans over the top, a squirt of marmite or ketchup or even both and mix thoroughly. Once evenly mixed give a quick flatten with the back of your spoon and dollop the mash potato on top! with a fork spread the potato and add texture, presentation is not important! The grate a generous portion of cheese on top, we are a marmite mad family (well I am) so we tend to streak a small amount on top of the cheese at this point!
    4. Bake on the middle shelf for roughly half an hour until the top has started to crisp. Serve with more baked beans, or some beetroot or a salad. Or wait until it is cold and just take it as a packed lunch! It is so easy that you can make it with the kids!

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22nd Jan, 2017
My bf and toddler both loved this - apparently it is a traditional Welsh dish (I think it's more like a traditional '70s dish lol). I used reduced salt corned beef (as being demolished by a 3 year old) and the cheese on top is a nice touch, meaning no salt was needed in the mashed potato either. Added to the family favourites recipe book.
16th Jun, 2016
Very easy and tasty will definitely make this again.
16th Apr, 2016
Soo tasty and simple to make. Did not add any additional salt, there was no need, used ketchup instead of marmite and also used reduced salt corned beef. Will be making again for sure.
11th Jan, 2016
I made this for dinner this evening, it was a great hit with all of the family, we will definitely be having this again. (It's also easy on the purse strings!)
29th Oct, 2015
I substituted the ketchup and marmite for a good few drops of Worcester sauce - oh my days it went down well !!
29th Sep, 2015
yeah, i'm gonna try this tonight, marmite will certainly give it a zing although i'm not a great fan tbh but it could work, how about Vegimite? same effect? that's all I have in the cupboard anyway :(
12th May, 2015
This was absolutely delicious but need to find low salt corned beef as I had a serious salt headache after just one portion! :-) really tasty though. Thank you for sharing.
7th Feb, 2015
I tried this after looking for a Corned Beef Hash recipe on Google for tea tonight. I doubled the ingredients (didn't use Marmite) and both my children and husband loved it! Thank you!
11th Dec, 2014
This is a great tasty dish. I have used this also as a pasty filling for Hub too work for lunch. The whole of his office wants them:)
24th Nov, 2014
This is a great dish,I'm making it quite regularly now. I find that I need to ramp up the amount of mash though as 400g is too little to cover the top - I use a proper man sized bowl. 500g will suffice. Also try adding these: fried mushrooms as well as the onions. Add other things to the mash, like carrots and broccoli - makes me feel i've outweighed the unhealthy aspect of the corned beef :-)


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17th Mar, 2017
Instead of ketchup or marmite, try using guinness sauce, my family loved it!