Cottage chilli hotpot

Cottage chilli hotpot

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 3 hrs


Serves 6
The ultimate make-ahead comfort food dish - if you're spending a weekend in the country this dish will defrost as you travel

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable


  • kcal584
  • fat23g
  • saturates8g
  • carbs55g
  • sugars16g
  • fibre8g
  • protein38g
  • salt1.27g
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  • 800g braising steak, cubed
  • 2 tbsp plain flour, seasoned well
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
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  • 300ml red wine
  • 2 red onions, cut into chunks
  • 2 carrots, cut into chunks



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  • 4 garlic cloves, bashed to remove skin
  • 2 red peppers, deseeded, cut into chunks



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  • 1 fresh red chilli, deseeded and sliced
  • few thyme sprigs, plus 1 tbsp leaves


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

  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp each ground cumin and coriander



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  • ½ tsp each cinnamon and chilli flakes



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  • 2 x 400g cans chopped plum tomatoes
  • 2 tsp caster or granulated sugar
  • 250ml good beef stock
  • 400g can red kidney beans, drained
  • 1kg potatoes



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  • knob of butter



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  1. Toss the beef in flour, then brown half in a pan, using 1 tbsp oil. Once browned, spoon into a bowl. Add 100ml wine to the pan and scrape up any bits. Reduce a little, then pour into the bowl with the cooked beef. Wipe the pan and repeat with the remaining beef and another 100ml wine. Meanwhile, whizz the onions, carrots and garlic in a food processor until finely chopped.

  2. Add 2 tbsp oil to the pan and tip in the chopped veg, peppers, fresh chilli, thyme sprigs and bay. Fry for 10 mins. Tip in the spices, cook for 1 min, then add the rest of the wine and reduce by half. Add the tomatoes, sugar, beef, winey juices and stock, season, then simmer for 1½-2 hrs until the meat is meltingly tender. Stir in the beans and allow to cool.

  3. Peel and slice the potatoes about 5mm thick, then boil for 5 mins. Drain, then tip back into pan. Add the butter and thyme leaves, season, then toss to coat. Tip the chilli mix into a 35 x 25cm dish, then layer the potatoes on top. Dot with butter. Cover with cling film and cool completely if freezing. Will freeze for 1 month – defrost before cooking. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6 and bake for 50 mins-1 hr, until the sauce is bubbling and potatoes golden. Serve with soured cream and green veg.

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6th Feb, 2012
I added an extra chilli as we like a little more kick. But recipe was delicious, will definitely be making again.
6th Feb, 2012
I added an extra chilli as we like a little more kick. But recipe was delicious. Will definitely be making again.
21st Nov, 2011
Wow this was fab lovely flavors will be making again a must try.
3rd Oct, 2011
This was nice but I felt the spices didn't come through enough, you really couldn't tell there was cumin, coriander, cinnamon etc in it. So if I made it again I'd probably up the spices a little bit just to make it tastier - I think the red wine overpowered them a little bit. Even without the 'chilli' flavour it was yummy though and I used olive oil instead of butter to make it healthier.
14th Sep, 2011
Delicious. The only complaint in my house was that there wasn't enough potato topping - the kids loved it.
26th Sep, 2010
Lovely dish but felt it needed a bit more kick to it so next time I think I'd add 1-1.5 tsp chilli flakes.
1st Jun, 2010
I have made this a few times now and it has become a family favourite. It is easy to make and really delicious, I halved the quantities to give two very generous portions.
8th Apr, 2010
i love this - make it up in the morning, then when you come home just a case of warming it through and it is gorgeous!
22nd Dec, 2009
Excellent and easy to make. I replaced the sliced potato with ready-made Rösti (available easily here in Swtzerland) and it made for a very crusty topping.
20th Dec, 2009
Made this last night and it was absolutely gorgeous - quite mild so would add more chilli when serving to adults, but this was fine for the children and they all but licked their plates - in our house, quite a feat!!!


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