Beef and bean cottage pie

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Beef and bean cottage pie
Beef and bean cottage pie
Servings:Serves 4
Calories per serving:566
Ready in:1 hour
Prep. time:15 minutes
Cook time:45 minutes
Difficulty:Easy
Recipe author:Chef
First published:20th January 2013

This is a mixture of Chilli con carne and Cottage pie. It is very quick and easy to produce, making it a balanced, inexpensive meal for students


Ingredients

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Method

  1. Heat the oil over a high heat and sauté the onions until golden brown.
  2. Add the mince and cook until brown.
  3. Stir in the baked beans, kidney beans, Marmite, Vegemite or Bovril, the dried mixed herbs and the chilli flakes.
  4. Transfer to a casserole dish.
  5. Meanwhile, boil the potatoes and the carrots until cooked - about 20 minutes.
  6. Drain and mash together, adding the milk and the garlic.
  7. Season to taste.
  8. Spread out the potato over the meat and bean mixture in the casserole dish and drag a fork through it to create a pretty pattern.
  9. Bake at 180° C (350° F - gas 4), [fan oven 160° C & reduce cooking time by 10 mins per hour] for 20 minutes.

Serving suggestions

Serve with peas and / or beans

Variations

If you don't like chillies or garlic, just leave them out. Use any type of tinned beans to replace the kidney beans. Substitute the carrot for swede. Grate some Parmesan or other hard cheese over the top of the potato / carrot mixture before baking

See also

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