This easy savoury mince recipe is tasty, versatile, and excellent for batch cooking and freezing. It's quintessential British comfort food, and my family has enjoyed this recipe for over 50 years (thank you, Nana!).
You can serve this family-friendly minced beef stew with roast potatoes, creamy mashed potatoes, pasta, rice, or toast. You can also transform it into a tasty bolognese, chilli, or minced beef pie by adding a few extra ingredients.
I love this old-fashioned savoury mince, especially during the cold winter months when I'm looking for something rich, warming, and hearty to fill me up.
Best of all, it's budget-friendly, quick to make (the cook time is just 35 minutes), and requires only one pan.
This simple minced beef recipe utilises frozen vegetables and pantry staples, which all come together to create a delicious thick gravy-style sauce to coat the minced beef.
The combination of humble ingredients makes for a nourishing and comforting meal without much fuss. It's the perfect weeknight supper when the weather turns cold outside.
👩🍳 Looking for another easy minced beef recipe? Try this traditional South African Bobotie!
'I never normally rate recipes I try, but my kids don't usually eat 100% of a meal either. This was quick, cheap, easy, and delicious. Made with stuff I had already in the kitchen (after I realised I didn't have the ingredients for what I originally thawed mince for) and best of all my kids approve! Thankyou!' ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Liz
✔️ Why should you try it?
- Quick and easy to make.
- Great for batch cooking and freezing.
- Uses frozen vegetables and pantry staples to keep the costs down.
- Old-fashioned comfort food that both kids and adults will love!
- It's a versatile recipe that can be transformed into bolognese, lasagne, or minced beef chilli with a few added ingredients.
'Made this Savoury Mince over the weekend and it was a hit! Thank you for sharing!' ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Jo
Minced Beef - use lean minced beef (ground beef) or you could substitute for Quorn mince for a veggie alternative. Try the savory mince recipe with lamb mince or turkey mince too, for a different taste.
Olive Oil - for frying.
Onion - finely chopped onion or swap for a sweeter red onion.
Garlic - 2 cloves, finely chopped.
Dried Italian Herbs - or use a combination of dried thyme, oregano, and rosemary.
Tomato Purée - adds richness and depth of flavour.
Flour - helps to thicken the sauce.
Beef Stock - creates the gravy. You could also use vegetable or chicken stock for a lighter tasting meal.
Frozen Mixed Vegetables - I used a mixture of frozen peas, carrots and green beans. Frozen sweetcorn is another great option.
Marmite - the secret ingredient that adds so much flavour! Use vegemite if you're in Australia or NZ or swap for Worcestershire sauce.
Salt & Pepper - for seasoning.
'This is the best savory mince I have ever eaten. I’ve made it about 10 times!! My family reckon they could eat it every night. It’s quick and easy to make and so tasty. Very hearty and healthy as well as comforting on a cold night.' ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Lyn
The recipe card with ingredient quantities and detailed instructions can be found at the bottom of the post
How to make simple savoury mince
One: Heat the oil in a shallow casserole or large pan and fry the chopped onions and garlic until soft.
Two: Stir through the dried Italian herbs then turn up the heat and add the beef mince. Break up the mince with a wooden spoon and continue to stir until the mince changes colour.
Three: Stir in the flour and cook for a minute, before adding the tomato puree, beef stock, and marmite. Simmer for 15 minutes on a low heat, stirring occasionally.
Four: Stir in the frozen mixed vegetables and cook for 6-8 minutes until the vegetables are tender. If you would like to thicken the gravy up further, add a tablespoon of thickening granules or whisk in a cornflour slurry.
- Opt for good quality lean mince. Aim for less than 12% fat if you can.
- Ensure you brown the mince properly before adding any liquids. This crucial step caramelises the proteins, providing a depth of flavour to the dish.
- Season well and taste as you go along. This allows you to adjust the flavours according to your preference.
🍴 Serving suggestions
I've also served it in a giant Yorkshire pudding before, which the kids really liked, and even topped it with puff pastry to make a minced beef pie.
Batch cook and freeze in portions.
- Use lamb mince instead of beef mince, or make it vegetarian and use Quorn mince.
- Add chilli powder or chilli flakes if you like your food spicy. You could even add a can of kidney beans in chilli sauce to transform it into a quick and easy chilli con carne.
- I usually add frozen mixed vegetables but you could use fresh vegetables if you prefer. Peppers, celery, courgettes, or sweetcorn would all work well in this easy beef mince recipe.
- Mix in a tin of chopped tomatoes for more flavour.
- Swap the dried herbs for fresh herbs. Thyme and rosemary would work well.
- Try making this recipe in your slow cooker!
Store - Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Reheat - In the microwave until piping hot. You could also reheat it in a saucepan on the hob.
Freeze - Once cooled, place the mince in a freezer-safe container and freeze for up to 3 months. Defrost in the fridge before reheating.
Dried herbs like thyme, rosemary and oregano are good with beef. Marmite is also a great flavour enhancer (as is Worcestershire sauce) and is added to beef stews and recipes using minced beef such as bolognese and chilli.
Minced beef (ground beef) is widely available in supermarkets. If you prefer to make your own minced beef the best way of doing it is to cut a beef joint into cubes (brisket is good for this), freezing the cubed beef for half an hour, then placing in a food processor and pulsing until you get your desired consistency.
Fry the beef on a fairly high heat and whilst doing so, use a wooden spoon to break it up into small pieces.
Of course, feel free to add some chilli powder or fresh chillies to increase the heat to your liking.
Here are some ideas for dishes you can make with ground/minced beef:
Bolognese sauce - A classic pasta sauce made with mince, tomatoes, herbs and wine. Toss with spaghetti or tagliatelle.
Chilli con carne - A hearty beef chili with beans, tomatoes, onions and spices. Serve with rice.
Tacos - Season the mince with taco seasoning and serve in tortillas with toppings.
Meatballs - Roll the minced beef into balls and bake or fry. Serve with pasta.
Meatloaf - Mix the beef mince with breadcrumbs, eggs and seasonings and bake in a loaf pan.
Burgers - Form the mince into patties and grill or pan-fry. Serve on buns with condiments.
Pies - Top a pie crust with minced beef filling made with onions, carrots and gravy. Bake until the pastry is golden.
More easy mince recipes;
- Keema Matar - minced beef and pea curry which is easy to make, flavourful, and a great way to introduce your children to curry.
- Mild Chilli Con Carne for Kids - the chilli is subtly spiced and packed full of flavour, but not hot or spicy, so kids can enjoy it too!
- Chorizo Bolognese - smoky and rich, this delicious chorizo bolognese packs a punch in flavour and elevates the humble (but still very tasty) bolognese to the next level.
- Easy Lasagne - a quick and easy lasagne recipe made with a cheat’s white sauce, ready in just 45 minutes! Delicious comfort food the whole family will love.
- Pork Bolognese - a lighter alternative to traditional beef bolognese.
- Slow Cooker Spaghetti Bolognese - chuck it all in and switch on!
Easy Savoury Mince Recipe
- Kitchen Scales
- Chopping Board
- Measuring Spoons
- Measuring Jug
- Wooden Spoon
- Shallow Casserole
- 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
- 1 Onion peeled and finely chopped
- 2 Garlic cloves peeled and finely chopped
- 500 g Minced Beef use lean 5% fat
- 2 teaspoon Dried Italian Herbs or use dried thyme
- 2 tablespoon Plain Flour
- 450 ml Beef Stock
- 3 tablespoon Tomato Puree
- 1 teaspoon Marmite or use a splash of Worcestershire Sauce or vegemite
- 200 g Frozen Mixed Vegetables
- ¼ teaspoon Salt
- ¼ teaspoon Black Pepper
- Heat the oil in a shallow casserole and fry the chopped onions and garlic until soft.1 tablespoon Olive Oil, 1 Onion, 2 Garlic cloves
- Stir through the dried Italian herbs then turn up the heat and add the beef mince. Break up the mince with a wooden spoon and continue to stir until the mince changes colour.2 teaspoon Dried Italian Herbs, 500 g Minced Beef
- Stir in the flour and cook for a minute, before adding the tomato puree, beef stock and marmite. Simmer for 15 minutes on a low heat, stirring occasionally.2 tablespoon Plain Flour, 450 ml Beef Stock, 3 tablespoon Tomato Puree, 1 teaspoon Marmite
- Stir in the frozen mixed vegetables, season, and cook for 6-8 minutes until the vegetables are tender. Serve with roast potatoes or mash.200 g Frozen Mixed Vegetables, ¼ teaspoon Salt, ¼ teaspoon Black Pepper
- Use lamb mince instead of beef mince or make it vegetarian friendly and use Quorn mince.
- Add chili powder if you like things spicy. You could even add a can of kidney beans in chili sauce to transform it into a quick and easy chili con carne.
- I usually add frozen mixed vegetables but you could use fresh vegetables if you prefer. Peppers, courgettes, or sweetcorn would all work well in this minced beef recipe.