Minced Beef and Onion Hotpot

Minced beef and onion hotpot

This is an uncomplicated but delicious autumn and winter dinner. The nights are drawing in with astonishing rapidity and it’s the perfect time of year for your one-dish meat and potato combo.

I add ketchup and mustard to the filling, which is not very fancy but gives a pleasing tangyness to what might otherwise be a slightly bland dish.

Serves 3 or 4

450g minced beef
2 large potatoes
1 large onion
2 carrots
1 tbsp tomato puree and 1 tbsp ketchup, or 2 tbsp ketchup
1 tsp mustard. I use dijon mustard.
Worcestershire sauce
A little butter
Salt and pepper

The Cooking

Pre-heat the oven to 180c/350F.

Peel and slice the potatoes, but not too thinly otherwise they’ll turn into crisps. I don’t like giving exact measurements, but they want to be about half a centimetre thick. Put them in some water, bring to the boil and simmer for about 5 minutes. While they’re simmering peel and chop the onion and the carrots fairly small and set aside. When the potatoes are done, drain them and set them aside too.

Now, I admit I do faff about a little bit here. I thoroughly brown the mince, set it aside, then cook the onion and carrots in the same pan, then add the whole thing back together. But there is a good reason for this. You want to cook the meat on a high heat because if it’s not hot enough the meat will release all its water without it evaporating and rather than frying the mince, it stews in its own juices, which makes it rubbery and chewy. It also means that the onions and carrots will fry in the fat from the meat, so you don’t have to use any more oil and they’ll take on the flavour of the beef.

So. On a HIGH heat, fry the mince in a non-stick pan until it’s well browned – perhaps even crispy in places if you like it that way (I do). Then tip out the meat and set it aside. Turn down the heat and add the chopped onion and carrot. Fry them for about 5 minutes until the onion is soft but not burnt. Now re-add the meat and the mustard, tomatoe puree and/or ketchup, a few splashes of worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Fry it for a couple more minutes, stirring well so that the flavour is evenly distributed.

Put the meat mixture into the oven dish and top with the sliced potato, overlapping so that it’s evenly covered. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and dot it evenly with butter. You don’t need loads, just enough to moisten the potato.

Now it goes in the oven and you go and have a sit down for half an hour. After 30 minutes or so, the potato will be nicely browned. Serve it hot – it’s so good. I had mine with mangetout.


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35 Responses to “Minced Beef and Onion Hotpot”

  1. zapngo Says:

    I added a little flour when I was frying the beef and then about a cup of stock at the end to make it a little “saucier”. It worked. I also over cooked the potatoes, which didn’t seem to matter.

  2. Frank Says:

    Thankyou going to cook this soon

  3. maria Says:

    it looks so tasty i am going to do it for tonights dinner i just hope it comes out as nice as it looks. looking forward to cooking this meal

  4. carly Says:

    good base recipe, i then add little bit of stock, can of beans and some bay leaves, works a treat!

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  7. Cheryl Says:

    I added a little chopped swede and half a chopped green chilli plus half a teaspoon of sugar as I had no worcestershire sauce and it’s the best one I’ve cooked yet 🙂

  8. Cheryl Says:

    no cheese though – not a big fan of adding cheese to things

  9. latz Says:

    yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm the best

  10. longy Says:

    Can’t wait to cook this tomorrow, gonna add carrots and swede and possibly peas to my mince, been looking everywhere for a recipe without cheese, thanks

  11. Mummyto2 Says:

    cooking this for my very fussy otherhalf 2moro and my two young children who eat almost anything!lol
    I’m sure it will go down a treat sounds yummy!!:)

  12. shellanandy Says:

    i am using my left over beef stew gravy and veggies with some added mince, then am covering it with potatoes and a little cheese watch this space 😀

  13. Mummyof3 Says:

    This sounds so lovely so I am going to try it tonight 🙂 have 2 fussy boys so hoping this will go down well 🙂 x

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  15. lounatic83 Says:

    Making this now but adapting it a little. Using carrot swede new potatoes onion AND mushroom in the filling to get as many veggies into my daughter as possible lol.

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    Wow this is amazing. My stepmom always did the best and I wanted to know how to do it. This recipe is easy to follow and very easy to understand 🙂 thanks so much 🙂 xx

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