A fabulously 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!
Minced beef pie is super easy 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.
500g minced beef – choose a pack of low fat ground beef for this recipe. I use 5%
300ml hot beef stock I use OXO cubes (2)
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
Slow cooker (or saucepan if using the hob method)
Pie dish – I just use an enamel roasting tin
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
white bowl filled with finely chopped red onion, small red and white bowl filled with peeled and sliced carrots alongside two pale blue saucers one with dried thyme on and one with salt and pepper on it
Peel and slice the carrots (as chunky or fine as you like)
white bowl filled with finely chopped red onion, small red and white bowl filled with peeled and sliced carrots alongside two pale blue saucers one with dried thyme on and one with salt and pepper on it. Bottle of Worcestershire Sauce stood on wooden chopping board alongside
Add the olive oil to the slow cooker and gently sauté the chopped onions over a low heat.
black slow cooker crockpot pan with olive oil and finely chopped red onions being stirred in the bottom
Tip the beef mince into the slow cooker pan with the onions.
black crockpot slow cooker pan filled with sautéed red onions and a pack of beef mince just been dropped in
Gently brown the beef mince over a low heat, stirring the onions into the mince meat as you go.
black crockpot slow cooker pan filled with sautéed red onion and browned beef mince all being stirred with a wooden spoon
Tip in the sliced carrots.
black crockpot slow cooker pan filled with sautéed red onion and browned beef mince with peeled chopped carrots, all being stirred with a wooden spoon
Add a splash of Worcestershire sauce – I just add a couple of shakes.
Worcestershire Sauce being added to a black crockpot slow cooker that’s filled with browned mince beef, onions and carrots
Tip the dried thyme into the pan with the mince beef and vegetables.
Easy Onion Gravy
small saucer of dried thyme being tipped into a black slow cooker crockpot pan that has browned beef mince, onions and carrots in it
Add salt and pepper to suit your own tastes.
salt and black pepper being added to a black crockpot slow cooker with beef mince, onions and carrots
Stir the carrots, herbs and seasoning together with the mince beef and onions.
black crockpot slow cooker pan filled with browned beef mince, onions and carrots
Pour the hot beef stock into the pan with the pie filling.
hot beef stock being poured into a slow cooker crockpot pan filled with browned beef mince, carrots ad onions
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.
black crockpot slow cooker pan filled with browned beef mince, carrots, onions and beef stock seasoned with salt, pepper and thyme
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.
beef mince pie filling thats been cooked in a black crockpot slow cooker pan
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
minced beef and onion pie filling in a white enamel tin waiting for the pastry top to be added
Unwrap the pastry sheet and lay it across the tin with the pie filling in.
white enamel roasting tin filled with minced beef and onion pie filling topped with a sheet of ready rolled puff pastry
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. ie pastry leaves flowers etc.
Add a couple of slits in the pastry for air to escape. You could decorate the top with leaves of pastry my Dad used to write our names on our pies when we were little (how cute is that).
Brush the pastry with beaten egg
white enamel roasting tin filled with minced beef and onion pie filling topped with a sheet of ready rolled puff pastry. The word pie written in pastry on top
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.
minced beef and onion pie freshly baked pulled out of the oven – the word pie is written in pastry letters on top
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.
Get more easy ground beef recipes here
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.