Spicy pies with sweet potato mash

Spicy pies with sweet potato mash

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 40 mins


Serves 6

This pie is loosely based on the flavours of an American sloppy joe, but we've topped it with mash as an alternative to the traditional cottage pie

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Gluten-free

Nutrition: per pie

  • kcal452
  • fat11g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs52g
  • sugars23g
  • fibre13g
  • protein29g
  • salt0.8g
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    For the mash

    • 1kg sweet potatoes, 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…

    • 2 tbsp milk



      One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a 'complete' food…

    • 50g mature cheddar, finely grated



      Once cheddar was 'Cheddar', a large, hard-pressed barrel of cheese made by a particular…

    For the mince

    • 1 tbsp rapeseed oil
      Rapeseed oil

      Rapeseed oil

      If you want a light alternative to other cooking oils, rapeseed is a great choice and has…

    • 2 onions, halved and sliced



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

    • 500g lean beef mince (5% fat)
    • 1 tbsp smoked paprika, plus extra for sprinkling
    • 1 tbsp ground cumin
    • 1 tbsp ground coriander
    • 1 tbsp mild chilli powder
    • 1 tbsp vegetable bouillon powder
    • 400g can black-eyed beans
    • 400g can chopped tomatoes
    • 1 large green pepper, diced



      Also known as capsicums, bell peppers, sweet peppers or by their colours, for example red and…

    • 326g can of sweetcorn in water


      sw-eet corn

      Also known as corn on the cob, sweetcorn is composed of rows of tightly packed golden yellow…

    • broccoli or salad, to serve (optional)



      Like cabbage and cauliflower, broccoli is a brassica and is sometimes known by its Italian name…


    1. Boil the sweet potato for 15 mins or until tender, taking care not to overcook.

    2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large, deep, non-stick frying pan. Add the onions, cover and cook for 8 mins or until softened and starting to colour. Stir in the mince, breaking it up with a wooden spoon until browned. Stir in all the spices and bouillon, then add the beans with their liquid, the tomatoes and pepper. Cover and simmer for 20 mins. Stir in the corn with its liquid, season and take off the heat.

    3. While the mince cooks, mash the potatoes with the milk to make a stiff mash. Spoon the mince into six individual pie dishes, top each with some mash, then sprinkle over the cheese and a little paprika.

    4. The pies can now be frozen. If eating straight away, put under a hot grill until piping hot and the cheese is melted. To cook from frozen, thaw completely, then reheat in the oven on a baking tray at 180C/160C fan/ gas 4 for 30-40 mins or until piping hot throughout. Serve with broccoli or a salad, if you like, which will take you to all 5 of your 5-a-day.

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    18th Jan, 2020
    This was gorgeous. We didn't add the whole tin of chopped tomatoes, probably about 2/3. We only made one pie as opposed to individual ones but if we had guests over, I would definitely make individual ones from a presentation point of view.
    22nd Jul, 2019
    This is really easy to make and surprisingly super tasty. I’ve been looking for new ideas for my 18 year old son and he loved it! I too made 1 pie - cooked it in the oven at gas mark 180 for 20 mins (replacing the grilling bit in the recipe) and it came out brilliant.
    Minimasks's picture
    20th Jul, 2019
    Very tasty. A regular dish in our house.
    2nd Sep, 2017
    Loved this, super easy to make an tastes delicious too. I took the lid off the mince for the last 5 mins as there was a little too much liquid for my liking.
    23rd May, 2017
    Followed recipe exactly to make one large 4-portion pie with sweet potato topping, with leftover mince mixture divided between 2 single portion dishes which I topped with mini hash browns. Both were very tasty and spicing was perfect for us. Pleased to have found an alternative to shepherd's pie which my son doesn't like (but I love). Will definitely be making again.
    20th May, 2017
    Is there a misprint with the spice quantities? Should they not be teaspoons rather than tablespoons? I think I'll go with teaspoons and see how that tastes.
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    23rd May, 2017
    Hi Penny, thanks for your question. It is meant to be tablespoons!
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