Minced Beef Recipes
Minced beef is economical and can be used in many different ways, from Chilli con carne, and Spaghetti Bolognese to Meat loaf and curry. Beef mince is a relatively low cost meat but it can still be good to get it to stretch further by adding other ingredients so you still get the flavour but use less per person.
Perfect comfort food for cold, wet days – beef mince is easy to prepare and can be eaten immediately or saved for later
Buy good quality mince and add beans, pulses, oats and vegetables.This makes it still really tasty, lower in fat and very nutritious with all the extra vegetables. It also helps you to cut back your red meat consumption – something that there has been many articles on recently, without cutting it out altogether.
Good for your health and good for your pocket – and your carbon footprint, especially if you buy locally produced beef.
Easy, Tasty, Nutritious Family Meal
Savoury mince is one of my favourite basic comfort foods. It can be adapted to what ever you have in your larder and what you fancy at the time.
In this recipe I made the meat go further by adding chick peas. It also contains vegetables so can be a good way of disguising the vegetables if you have children (or adults!) that won’t eat them. Celery adds flavour and if you chop it really small will go unnoticed. Grated carrot adds sweetness as well as plenty of nutrients, and being grated it will be unnoticed except in flavour. Use passata as well as stock and you have added all the goodness of cooked tomatoes. Frozen peas add colour and sweetness.
You can ring the changes to this recipe – add mushrooms, peppers and a little chilli flavouring. use cannellini beans or butter beans instead of chick peas.
This is best served with mashed potato and a green vegetable such as cabbage, runner beans or broccoli depending on the season.
Easy And Quick To Prepare
This is one of the easiest beef mince recipes since it just takes 5 minutes preparation time and then can bubble away on the stove for at least 25 minutes, but really as long as you like until you are ready to eat it. Or pop it in the oven to keep warm.
This can be a good recipe for busy families where people have to eat at different times since they can help themselves when they are ready. It can be served with rice or pasta as an alternative to mashed potato too.
If you make up a large batch it can be refrigerated for 2-3 days or frozen to provide an easy to heat meal for days when you can’t be bothered to cook or someone needs a hasty meal.
It could be made with lamb, pork or turkey mince too as and alternative
You will need a deep frying pan with a lid. I really love the Raymond Blanc range. Really hard wearing, robust and a delight to use! This one doubles up as a casserole so you can finish something in the oven. You will use it again and again!
Savoury Beef Mince
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Total time: 35 minutes
Serves 4-6 people
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 onion peeled and sliced
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
- 500g / 1lb minced beef
- 2 carrots peeled and grated
- 2 sticks celery, finely chopped
- 1 400g can chick peas, drained and washed
- 4 tablespoons frozen peas
- 4 tablespoons passata
- 250ml vegetable stock
- 2 teaspoons worcester sauce (or similar)
- 2 teaspoons dried mixed herbs
- 2 bay leaves
- salt and pepper to taste
- Heat the olive oil in a large, deep frying pan
- Add the onions and fry gently on a medium heat until soft
- Add the garlic and celery and cook for a couple of minutes
- Add the meat, breaking it up and browning it
- Add the carrots, chick peas, stock and passata
- Add the worcester sauce and herbs
- Add the bay leaves
- Bring back to the boil and turn down the heat to a slow simmer
- Cook for about 25 minutes
- Serve with mashed potato, baked potato or rice and a vegetable or two