Minced Beef Hotpot

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!

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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.

If you’re after some other hearty classics, why not try one of these other recipes too?

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

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  • 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

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  • 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!

Whatever accompaniment you choose, don’t forget to account for the extra calories and/or other nutritional values. 

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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.
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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 Minced Beef Hotpot?

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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portion 15 minutes 80 minutes




415kcal 9

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  1. Place the sliced potato in a large microwavable bowl, cover with water and microwave on full power for 5 minutes. Drain them carefully and set aside
  2. Pre heat the oven to 180°C
  3. Sauté the chopped onions in a large pan sprayed with some low calorie cooking spray. Cook until they start to soften
  4. Add in the mince and continue cooking for another 5 minutes. Add the carrots and cook until the mince has started to brown
  5. Stir in the Henderson's Relish, red wine vinegar, Balsamic vinegar, and thyme, then add the made up beef stock. Bring to the boil and allow to simmer for 10 minutes. The liquid should reduce by about half
  6. Stir in the peas, then sprinkle on half of the Xanthan Gum and stir briskly to make sure it's mixed in thoroughly and there are no lumps. If the mince is still a bit too thin add some more Xanthan Gum
  7. Check the seasoning, then pour the thickened mince mixture into an ovenproof dish, then top with the sliced potato
  8. Season the potato with some sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, then cover with some foil and cook for about 35 minutes. Remove the foil and return to the oven for another 25 minutes or so, until the potatoes are cooked through and golden brown
  9. Remove from the oven and serve

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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.
- Defrost thoroughly before reheating (you can use the defrost setting on your microwave.)
- Make sure it is piping hot all the way through before serving.

If making this recipe Gluten Free please make sure to check the ingredients that you’re using

Especially things such as; 

- Stock cubes
- Soy sauce - substitute with Tamari.
- Worcestershire sauce - substitute with Henderson’s Relish.
- Etc.


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    1. Hi Nicky
      You ‘should’ be able to as the potatoes are part cooked (although we’ve not tried it), however it may be best to store them in an airtight food bag so that the air doesn’t get to them as that’s what makes them go black, then assemble the hotpot when you’re ready to cook it

  1. This was absolutely gorgeous. I would say it took me 2 hours from start to finish and i didnt realise it would be that long but it was mega! Everyone loved it – including my 6, 4 and 3 year olds!

  2. I can’t believe this recipe has called for good old Hendersons relish!! Sheffield’s finest!!! This is cooking as we speak!

  3. I am making this for the first time tonight. Slightly worried that I’ve sliced some potatoes a little bit too large, more than others, and when they’re in the oven they won’t be cooked in time for serving. Any advice? Thanks!

  4. if i substituted the mince for quorn can this meal be batch cooked and frozen? All meat substitiutes i have come across so far are bought frozen, wasnt sure on the rules of re-freezing once cooked??

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