Chilli beef shepherd's pie

The family favourite with a spicy kick and parsnip mash topping
PREP 5 mins
COOK 30 mins


  • calories 518
  • carbs 52
  • saturated fat 6
  • sugar 22
  • protein 39
  • fat 18
  • fibre 18
  • salt 1.48


2 tsp olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 tsp cumin seeds
500g pack lean minced beef
2 garlic cloves, crushed
420g can kidney beans in chilli sauce
400g can chopped tomatoes
1kg parsnips, peeled and chopped into chunks


  1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan, then soften the onion with 1 tsp cumin for a few mins. Push the onion to the edge of the pan, add the beef, then brown well, breaking up the lumps as you go. Add the garlic, kidney beans, chopped tomatoes and half a can of water, season and cover, then simmer for 20 mins.
  2. Meanwhile, cook the parsnips in boiling salted water until tender, drain well, then mash with some freshly milled black pepper and a little salt. Heat the grill to high. Tip the chilli mince into a large ovenproof dish, spoon over the mash, scatter with the remaining cumin seeds, then grill for 5 mins until golden.