Beef & bean hotpot

Beef & bean hotpot

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(69 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 45 mins


Serves 8
A hearty one pot meal to satisfy the whole family

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal362
  • fat5g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs51g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre8g
  • protein31g
  • salt2.05g
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  • 750g lean minced beef



    The classic choice of meat for a British Sunday roast. Beef is full of flavour, as…

  • 1 beef stock cube



    The classic choice of meat for a British Sunday roast. Beef is full of flavour, as…

  • 2 large onions, roughly chopped



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  • 450g carrots, peeled and thickly sliced



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

  • 1¼kg/2lb 12oz potato, peeled and cut into large chunks



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

  • 2 400g cans baked beans
  • Worcestershire sauce or Tabasco sauce, to taste
  • large handful of parsley, roughly chopped



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


  1. Heat a large non-stick pan, add the beef then fry over a medium-high heat until browned, stirring often and breaking up any lumps with a spoon. Crumble in the stock cube and mix well.

  2. Add the vegetables, stir to mix with the beef and pour in enough boiling water (about 1.3 litres) to cover. Bring to the boil, then lower the heat and stir well. Cover the pan and simmer gently for about 30 mins or until the vegetables are tender.

  3. Tip in the baked beans, sprinkle with Worcestershire sauce or Tabasco to taste, stir well and heat through. Taste for seasoning and sprinkle with parsley. Serve with extra Worcestershire sauce or Tabasco, for those who like a peppery hot taste.

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15th Sep, 2008
I made this for my meat eating partner and he loved it. It was such a quite and easy meal to cook that filled him up. Great served with crusty bread to soak up the juices.
22nd Aug, 2008
I used just one pack of mince. Also maybe my potato chunks were too big, but it needed a good extra ten minutes cooking time.
15th Aug, 2008
My four year old and 1 year old loved this and it made a nice "soup" type thing for lunch the next day. I too only used one pack of mince and still made enough to feed 3 and half people twice.
14th Jul, 2008
Very yummy!! I used less water as we like nice thick sauce and we ate it just as it was. Would say like that it only serves 6 though. Freezes really well and will def be making again.
9th Jul, 2008
This recipe is very similar to a family favourite of ours which substitutes the tabasco sauce for a teaspoon of tomato and garlic puree and a good dollop of both red and brown sauce. Add carrots and sweetcorn and it tastes delicious. Parsnip and potato mash made with finely chopped potato and parsnip parboiled for only 10 minutes then mashed with a little butter and cream is the perfect accompaniment. Try Paul Rankins mince recipe with red wine from the ordinary bbc recipe site for a fancier version of this. It's gorgeous too.
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7th Jul, 2008
I made a complete pig's ear of making this - bought diced beef instead of mince, for starters! However, even with substituting Butternut Squash for carrots (because one member of our family can't cope with carrots), it came out smashing! Definitely a do-again. We had crusty bread rolls with it and could have kept on eating it!
13th Apr, 2008
I don't like baked beans and was looking for a recipe to use them up with - this was great. A really tasty, healthy meal. I addded peas for a bit more colour and like a lot of others used less water. Very easy to cook and great for the freezer for work lunches.
27th Mar, 2008
Make loads and freeze for later
16th Mar, 2008
It also works brilliantly in a slow cooker!
21st Feb, 2008
This is really tasty. Like one of the other reviewers, I made it with 500g mince and one onion. I also only used one tin of beans. I agree that you don't need as much liquid (particularly as the bean juice increases the moisture) so whether you're scaling up, down or following the recipe as it is, it's worth bearing that in mindI'll definitely make this again.


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