Our comforting, slimming-friendly Minced Beef Hotpot will fill you up, even if you are counting calories or following plans Weight Watchers!
We love a quick & easy dinner, with little washing up. This Minced Beef Hotpot is cheap, tasty, easy to make and most importantly it’s perfect for slimmers!
For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff in the blurb 👍
Hidden under the golden baked potato top is a hearty, mixture of onions, vegetables and 5% minced beef in a deep, rich gravy.
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How many Calories are in this Minced Beef Hotpot?
There are 415 calories in each portion of our slimming friendly Minced Beef Hotpot. This means it falls into our Weekly Indulgence recipe category.
This recipe is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.
As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.
What diets is this Minced Beef Hotpot suitable for?
This recipe is suitable if you’re gluten free as long as you swap out the following ingredients for gluten free versions;
- Stock cubes
- Worcestershire Sauce
You could also enjoy this Minced Beef Hotpot if you’re dairy free.
Please make sure to double, and triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.
How Weight Watchers friendly is this Minced Beef Hotpot?
There are 9 Points per portion of this recipe – it’s really hearty and filling for so few points!
How to make this Minced Beef Hotpot
This family-friendly recipe is so easy to make. Here’s a summary;
- Slice and par cook the potatoes in the microwave
- Soften the onions and brown off the mince. Add the carrots and liquid ingredients. Simmer, then add the peas
- Add the xanthan gum and mix in thoroughly to thicken
- Pour the mince into an ovenproof dish, top with the potato slices and bake until golden
- Serve with your choice of accompaniment from the list below
What should you should serve with Minced Beef Hotpot?
Any of the following go really well with Minced Beef Hotpot. It’s one of those dishes that goes with pretty much anything. It’s so hearty it can of course be eaten on its own!
- Honey Glazed Roast Parsnips
- Buttery Carrot and Swede
- Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
- Steamed vegetables
Whatever accompaniment you choose, don’t forget to account for the extra calories and/or other nutritional values.
Do you need any special ingredients to make Minced Beef Hotpot?
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You can find the full list of ingredients in the recipe at the bottom of the post. But, here are the key ingredients to keep this dish slimming friendly!
- 5% Minced Beef
- Low Calorie Cooking Spray
- Xanthan Gum
We use 5% British Minced Beef because it fits into a variety of weight loss plans, and reduces the calories and fat in the recipe.
You’ll need Xanthan Gum. Xanthan Gum which is a thickener and works a bit like cornflour. You add it to a liquid, and it thickens but you only need to add a little! When I say a little you use 1/4 tsp Xanthan gum in place of 1 tbsp cornflour. It has less calories than cornflour and you only need a tiny bit – plus it’s gluten free!
You can pick up Xanthan Gum in most supermarkets down the “free from” aisle. Or online at Amazon.
Can you cook Minced Beef Hotpot another way?
You need to bake the finished dish in the oven for a crispy, golden top. But you could cook the minced beef filling in a slow cooker.
Slow Cooker: Brown off the mince and vegetables, place all of the other ingredients for the minced beef filling, except the xanthan gum, into the slow cooker and cook on high for 4-5 hours. Remove the lid and reduce to thicken, adding in the xanthan gum a little at a time until it has reached your desired consistency.
How do you know when Minced Beef Hotpot is cooked?
You should cook this recipe until the potatoes are crisp and golden, and the filling is bubbling and piping hot.
This should take approx 1 hour in the oven, after the minced has been cooked on the hob.
Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.
How long can you keep Minced Beef Hotpot in the fridge?
Once you’ve served it, you should ideally eat it straight away.
If you allow any left overs to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill. You can keep leftovers of Minced Beef Hotpot in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so.
Can I freeze Campfire Stew?
Yes you can! This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;
- Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
- Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.
Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer!
How do I reheat Minced Beef Hotpot?
From chilled: Place in a microwave proof container with loosely fitting lid and heat for 4-7 minutes until piping hot.
From frozen: Allow to defrost, and heat covered in the microwave for 3-5 minutes then stir. Cook for a further 5-7 minutes until piping hot.
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Our 6 month planner features 26 recipes – which are not available anywhere else. We have all the details on our Planner page.
We’ve been squirrelling away doing squirelly things behind the scenes and can finally announce that our very first cookbook is available NOW!!
The book features 100 recipes – around 80 of them BRAND NEW and not available anywhere else. Full colour photographs, hardback, a quality book that will stand up to frequent use!
Each recipe has been taste tested by twenty members of the Pinch of Nom community to ensure that they are amazing. Check out our cookbook page for more information!