A super easy minced beef pie recipe that’s just delicious for family dinner. I promise this delicious puff pastry pie will fast become a family favourite!
Old fashioned mince beef pie is super simple to make! Seriously this recipe couldn’t be easier!
It’s great for bigger families as the recipe makes a nice big family sized pie, enough to feed six people.
You can make the mince beef pie filling in a saucepan, but I usually cook the minced beef and onion filling in the slow cooker throughout the day.
This way just means I’ve got a head start on dinner for when I get home.
Then all I need to do at dinner time is just top the pie filling with a puff pastry lid.
And yes, I cheat and use shop bought pastry and finish the pie off in the oven.
What’s In Minced Beef Pie?
Our minced beef pie is packed with delicious savoury mince beef and onion.
All simmered together with carrots and celery for added sweetness.
And lightly seasoned with herbs and Worcestershire sauce.
We also use a rich beef stock pot for added flavour.
Minced Beef Pie Ingredients
- 1 tbs olive oil – you can use rapeseed oil if you prefer.
- 1 onion – finely diced, you can swap this for a couple of leeks if you prefer
- 2 carrots – peeled and sliced – just choose medium carrots.
- 2 celery sticks – scrubbed and sliced (these are optional, you can make the pie without if you wish)
- 500g minced beef – choose a pack of low fat ground beef for this recipe.
- 300ml hot beef stock
- splash of Worcestershire sauce – if you haven’t got Worcestershire sauce – add a squirt of BBQ sauce or stir through a tsp of mild mustard.
- 1 tsp dried thyme – or you can use dried mixed herbs if you prefer.
- pinch sea salt
- pinch ground black pepper
- 1 sheet of ready rolled puff pastry – it’s good to keep a pack of puff pastry in the fridge as it’s great for helping turn leftovers into a pie or pasty. Or for making quick puff pastry pizzas for lunch.
- 1 egg beaten – just a small or medium egg is fine for this recipe
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- Slow cooker (or saucepan if using the hob method)
- Chopping board
- Vegetable knife
- Wooden spoon
- Pie dish – I just use an enamel roasting tin
- Small cup
- Pastry brush
How To Make Minced Beef Pie
I use a Crockpot sauté slow cooker so the pan is removable.
I start the minced beef pie filling off on the hob then transfer to the Crockpot base for slow cooking.
- Heat the slow cooker to low
- Peel and finely chop the onions
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- Peel and slice the carrots (as chunky or fine as you like)
- Add the olive oil to the slow cooker and gently sauté the chopped onions over a low heat.
- Tip the beef mince into the slow cooker pan with the onions.
- Gently brown the beef mince over a low heat, stirring the onions into the mince meat as you go.
- Tip in the sliced carrots.
- Add a splash of Worcestershire sauce – I just add a couple of shakes.
- Tip the dried thyme into the pan with the mince beef and vegetables.
- Add salt and pepper to suit your own tastes.
- Stir the carrots, herbs and seasoning together with the mince beef and onions.
- Pour the hot beef stock into the pan with the pie filling.
- Stir the hot beef stock into the pie filling and then transfer the minced beef pie filling to the slow cooker and cook on low for around 6 hours.
- Once the minced beef pie filling is cooked – if the gravy needs thickening do this using a tsp of cornflour mixed into a paste with a drop of cold water – then pour it into the filling and stir through whilst over a low heat to thicken the gravy.
- Pour the pie filling into a roasting tin or pie dish.
- If you’re making the pie ready to cook later let the filling cool fully before you add the pastry sheet.
- Heat the oven to 200C / 400F / Gas Mark 6
- Unwrap the pastry sheet and lay it across the tin with the pie filling in.
- Remember this is a rustic pie – you don’t need to be overly neat or perfect with the finish (rustic cooking is my favourite style!)
- Press the edges with a fork all the way around to crimp them a little.
- Use any pastry scraps to decorate the top of the pie.
- Add a couple of slits in the pastry for air to escape.
- Brunch the pastry with beaten egg
- Bake the pie in the oven for around 25-30 minutes until the pie filling is piping hot and the pastry puffed up and golden brown.
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Make Beef Mince Pie Filling Your Way
We’ve given you the basic ingredients for minced beef pie but you can mix things up and cook it your own way. Try…
- Add some more vegetables – try sliced button mushrooms or peas.
- Fancy some spice? Add a splash of hot chilli sauce and stir through the filling.
- Don’t like pastry? Top with mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes instead – Cottage Pie style.
- Make it on the hob – you can make the pie filling just in a saucepan on the hob – just use the same method as for the slow cooker, then simmer on the hob for 30 minutes.
- Alternatively just serve the minced beef and onions pie filling spooned over baked potatoes or mashed potatoes and add a side of cheat-y Aunt Bessie dumplings and some simple steamed green vegetables.
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What To Serve With Beef Mince Pie
- Delicious with a spoonful of mashed potatoes and a side of peas or broccoli.
- Perfect with chunky oven chips, extra gravy and a side of peas and corn.
- I also really like this with a side of pickled red cabbage or beetroot.
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More minced beef recipes to try
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They’re usually super easy and simple to bulk up with extra vegetables to make the dish stretch further.
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- 1 tbs olive oil
- 2 carrots
- 1 onion
- 2 celery sticks
- 500g beef mince
- 300ml beef stock
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- pinch sea salt
- pinch ground black pepper
- 1 sheet ready rolled puff pastry
- 1 egg
- Heat the slow cooker to low.
- Add the olive oil to the slow cooker pan and gently fry the onions.
- Tip in the minced beef and brown.
- Add the carrots, Worcestershire sauce, thyme, salt and pepper and stir everything together.
- Pour over the beef stock.
- Transfer the pan to the slow cooker and cook on low for around 6 hours.
- Once the pie filling is cooked if you need to thicken the gravy do this using a tsp of cornflour mixed with a drop of water and stirred through the pie filling.
- Preheat the oven to 200C / 400F/ Gas Mark 6
- Tip the minced beef pie filling into a pie dish or roasting tin.
- Lay over the pastry lid and crimp the edges.
- Make a few slits with a sharp knife in the pastry to allow the air to escape.
- Brush the pastry with beaten egg.
- Bake in the oven for around 25 minutes until the filling is piping hot and the pastry puffed up and golden brown.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 300Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 105mgSodium: 243mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 25g
Nutritional content will vary depending on the exact ingredients you use and how careful you are with measuring - this nutritional information is given as a general guide only and may not be accurate - you should always calculate your own nutritional information especially if you have specific dietary requirements.
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Yes! You can make the pie filling the day before you want to use it, then cool completely and store in the fridge.
Just top with the puff pastry sheet and cook in the oven at 190C for around 40-45 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown and the filling heated through thoroughly.
You can freeze the pie filling. Just cool the minced beef and onion and then freeze in a freezer bag or freezer safe container.
Defrost properly before use, top with a pastry sheet, then cook in the oven as above. Taking care that the filling is piping hot and heated thoroughly.
Of course you can – just pick the pastry you like best.
You can also make this beef pie with gluten free pastry or filo pastry.
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