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Minced beef pie recipe - BBC Food image

This tasty and easy beef pie recipe will quickly become a family favourite. Serve with mounds of mash.

Provided by BBC Food

Prep Time 30 minutes

Cook Time 1 hours

Yield Serves 4

Number Of Ingredients 9

2 tbsp vegetable oil
500g/1lb 2oz beef mince
1 onion, chopped
1 tbsp tomato purée 1½ tbsp plain flour, plus extra for dusting
75g/2½oz mushrooms, chopped
250ml/9fl oz stout or beef stock
dash Worcestershire sauce
400g/14oz ready-made shortcrust pastry
1 free-range egg, yolk only, lightly beaten


  • Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.
  • Heat the oil in a deep frying pan and fry the beef mince for 4-5 minutes, breaking it up with a wooden spoon as it browns.
  • Add the onion and cook for 2-3 minutes, then stir in the tomato purée and cook for 2-3 more minutes. Stir in the flour and cook for a further minute, then add the chopped mushrooms, the stout or beef stock and a couple of dashes of Worcestershire sauce. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat, cover the pan with a lid and leave to simmer for 20 minutes. Set aside and leave to cool, then turn the meat mixture into a one litre pie dish.
  • Roll out the pastry on a floured work surface until it is slightly larger than the pie dish. Gently drape the pastry over the dish, pressing firmly onto the edges. Trim, then shape the edges into a fluted shape.
  • Cut some leaf shapes out of the pastry trimmings and decorate the top of the pie, sticking them to the pastry with the beaten egg yolk.
  • Make three or four slits in the pastry to allow the steam to escape, then brush the pie with the rest of the beaten egg yolk and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes, or until golden-brown.
  • To serve, slice into wedges.


Next level minced beef tacos recipe - BBC Good Food image

Elevate a pack of beef mince into vibrant tacos. Go to the extra effort of making your own spice mix for even more flavour, and use soft tortillas

Provided by Barney Desmazery

Categories     Dinner

Total Time 40 minutes

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 30 minutes

Yield 3

Number Of Ingredients 19

1 tbsp sunflower oil
500g beef mince
300ml beef stock
2 tbsp cumin seeds
1 tbsp coriander seeds
1 tsp black peppercorns
1 tsp chipotle chilli flakes
1 tbsp paprika
1 tbsp dried oregano
1 tsp garlic granules
1 tsp onion granules
2 tsp cornflour
1 large red onion, finely sliced
1 lime, juiced, plus wedges to serve
6-8 small soft wheat or corn tortillas
1 avocado, stoned, peeled and chopped into small chunks
1 tomato, chopped into small chunks
handful of feta, crumbled, or use grated mild cheddar (optional)
2 handfuls of tortilla chips, crushed (optional)


  • First, make the spice mix. Toast the cumin seeds, coriander seeds and peppercorns in a small, dry frying pan, then tip into a spice grinder or use a pestle and mortar to crush to a rough powder. Add the remaining spice mix ingredients, except the cornflour, then grind again. Stir through the cornflour and a pinch of salt. The spice mix will keep in an airtight jar for up to one month.
  • For the pickled onions, toss the onions with the lime juice and a pinch of salt in a medium glass bowl, then set aside to soften.
  • Heat the oil in a frying pan over a medium-low heat, and crumble in the mince. Cook for 15-20 mins. At first, it will release some liquid, but once that has bubbled away, the mince will sizzle in its own fat and start to brown and crisp. At this point, stir or toss the mince with a wooden spoon so it browns and caramelises all over. When the mince is well toasted, sprinkle over half the spice mix and continue to cook for 2 mins. Pour over the beef stock and reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook gently for 10 mins until the beef has absorbed most of the stock, and is in a rich, thick gravy. Taste for seasoning.
  • To assemble the tacos, toast the tortillas in a hot, dry frying pan, or over a flame until lightly blistered. Transfer to a serving plate and spoon the mince into a bowl, then serve the other ingredients in separate bowls, so everyone can assemble their own. Alternatively, spoon the mince into the tortillas, then top with the avocado, tomato, cheese (if using), pickled onions and crushed tortilla chips, if using. Serve the lime wedges on the side for squeezing over.

Nutrition Facts : Calories 792 calories, FatContent 44 grams fat, SaturatedFatContent 16 grams saturated fat, CarbohydrateContent 51 grams carbohydrates, SugarContent 8 grams sugar, FiberContent 9 grams fiber, ProteinContent 44 grams protein, SodiumContent 1.7 milligram of sodium

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