Chilli beef shepherd's pie

Chilli beef shepherd's pie

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(32 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 30 mins

Easy

Serves 4
The family favourite with a spicy kick and parsnip mash topping

Nutrition and extra info

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Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal518
  • fat18g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs52g
  • sugars22g
  • fibre18g
  • protein39g
  • salt1.48g
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Ingredients

  • 2 tsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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  • 1 large onion, chopped
    Onion

    Onion

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

  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 500g pack lean minced beef
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 420g can kidney bean in chilli sauce
  • 400g can chopped tomato
  • 1kg parsnips, peeled and chopped into chunks
    Parsnip

    Parsnip

    par-snip

    The fact that the parsnip is a member of the carrot family comes as no surprise - it looks just…

Method

  1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan, then soften the onion with 1 tsp cumin for a few mins. Push the onion to the edge of the pan, add the beef, then brown well, breaking up the lumps as you go. Add the garlic, kidney beans, chopped tomatoes and half a can of water, season and cover, then simmer for 20 mins.

  2. Meanwhile, cook the parsnips in boiling salted water until tender, drain well, then mash with some freshly milled black pepper and a little salt. Heat the grill to high. Tip the chilli mince into a large ovenproof dish, spoon over the mash, scatter with the remaining cumin seeds, then grill for 5 mins until golden.

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eleanormayo
28th Nov, 2012
4.05
This was nice, but not very "chilli", I added a good sprinkling of mild chilli powder aswell, but when the mince finished cooking it still needed a good shake of tabasco. I don't like parsnips so topped with half sweet potato/have normal potato mash, which worked well. Only 3*s for not living up to the chilli name!
leah2302
7th Oct, 2012
4.05
I made this with beef and carrots as my boyf is not a fan of kidney beans and I only had lamb mince. It was delicious!! Added some cheese on top and used plain potato mash. I slightly upped the amount of cumin and added a good portion of chilli flakes. I also didn't add the water and added an extra tin of tomato as I think I made a bigger portion of mince than the recipe states. It tasted a bit like a healthy version of chilli nachos! Will def make again!
evelynjcooper
4th Sep, 2012
3.05
This was 'OK', but I probably wont be making it again. I wasn't impressed with the chilli sauce from the tin of kidney beans (bought from Sainsburys), I think it would be better to make the sauce from scratch. However, I think I'll stick with traditional shepherd's/cottage pie OR chilli & rice!
britbrit100
2nd Jul, 2012
5.05
This was so delicious I didn't add to much water and also added some Tabasco sauce I also grated cheese on top of the parsnips before grilling I think the parsnips are really lovely with it and I think the cheese really made this dish even more yummy will defo being making this again me and my partner both went back for seconds and it's also delicious for lunch the next day : )
britbrit100
2nd Jul, 2012
5.05
This was so delicious I didn't add to much water and also added some Tabasco sauce I also grated cheese on top of the parsnips before grilling I think the parsnips are really lovely with it and I think the cheese really made this dish even more yummy will defo being making this again me and my partner both went back for seconds and it's also delicious for lunch the next day : )
eleanormayo
17th May, 2012
4.05
Really yummy - liked the changes to ordinary cottage pie - I added some mushrooms, chilli powder and a couple of dashes of tabasco. I also topped with potato mash as I don't like parsnips (at all!!).
cc-offe
11th May, 2012
5.05
Love this, it's one of my favourites.
loopylinny
4th Apr, 2012
5.05
I made this tonight but my mom doesn't like parsnips and I didn't fancy the idea of a mashed potato topping so I decided to top with sliced new potatoes and bake in the oven to make it into a chilli beef Hotpot instead. A tasty way to use up mince with just a few store cupboard staples added
dougall
28th Mar, 2012
5.05
Loved this, so good.
netcurtains
28th Mar, 2012
5.05
Very simple and tasty dish which goes down well with all the family. Use a deep pie dish to serve so you can acomodate the parsnip mash. Also, for a more concentrated flavour leave out the water so you have a thick consistent meat sauce. After 20 minutes, if you still have a watery sauce, then turn the heat up to thicken The combination of parsnip and cumin gives the dish a "nice spicy kick"

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