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Recipe for Ground Beef Pie and Shortcrust Pastry


L.M. Reid is an Irish writer who has published many recipe articles. She has a keen interest in creating delicious recipes and dinner ideas.

How to Make a Ground Beef Pie

Making a ground beef pie is quick and easy, and it gives you a very tasty meal. In this article, I show you how to cook a hamburger stew that can also be used in a variety of other dishes. This is my ground beef mince recipe with step-by-step instructions and my own photos so you can follow the recipe easily.

Ground Beef Pie Recipe

Ground Beef Pie Recipe

Prep Time and Yield

  • Preparation time: less than 5 mins
  • Cooking time: 45 mins
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings


  • 1½ lbs mince steak
  • 2 large onions
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 2 large tomatoes
  • 1 bowl frozen peas
  • 1 Tablespoon tomato puree
  • Small amount gravy

Optional Extras

These vegetables should also be chopped up into small pieces.

  • 2 small mushrooms
  • ½ small pepper
  • 4 green beans

Ingredients for Pastry

  • 6 ounces all-purpose/self-raising flour
  • 3 ounces butter
  • Pinch of salt
Ingredients for  Ground Beef pie

Ingredients for Ground Beef pie


Step 1

  1. Cut up the onions into fairly small pieces.
  2. Cut up the tomatoes into fairly small pieces.
  3. Grate the carrot.

Step 2

  1. Add the cooking oil and onions to the pot. Cook for approx 1 minute until the onions are brown.
  2. Add the grated carrot and the tomatoes.
  3. Keep back a quarter of the tomatoes.
  4. These will be added at the very end of cooking in order to keep their shape.
  5. Add any extra vegetables that you have decided to include.
Add the grated carrot and tomatoes to the pot.

Add the grated carrot and tomatoes to the pot.

Step 3

  1. Put the pot back on the cooker and mix in these vegetables for 2 minutes.
  2. Add the tomato puree and mix for another minute.
  3. Add the mince to the pot and mix well as it cooks.
  4. A wooden spoon is best to use for its strength.
  5. Cook for 20 minutes.
  6. Add the frozen peas and the remainder of the chopped tomatoes.
  7. Cook for a further 5 minutes.
Add the frozen peas to the pot.

Add the frozen peas to the pot.

Step 4

  1. Make up the gravy and stir this into the pot slowly and continuously until mixed in evenly.
  2. The amount of gravy used will depend on your preference for how you like the finished dish.

Total preparation and cooking time for this ground beef recipe is 45 minutes approximately. This mince beef dish can now be used to make other variants of main meals.

Ground beef stew

Ground beef stew

How to Make Shortcrust Pastry

  1. Use a sieve to add all-purpose flour to the mixing bowl. so that you are adding as much air as possible.
  2. Add a pinch of salt.
  3. Cut the butter into small pieces and add to the flour.
  4. Mix with your fingertips until it is a crumbly texture.
  5. Make a hole in the middle of the mixture and add water.
  6. Stir with a wooden spoon until the mixture is sticky.
  7. Add some flour to the mixture and remove it from the mixing bowl in one piece.
  8. Roll out the pastry to the approximate size of your dish.
Mix the pastry dough with your fingertips until it is a crumbly texture.

Mix the pastry dough with your fingertips until it is a crumbly texture.

Roll out the pastry to the approximate size of your dish.

Roll out the pastry to the approximate size of your dish.

Place the pastry into the dish.

Place the pastry into the dish.

Basic Recipe

Variants on using the stew recipe in different dishes.

  • Accompanied by pasta.
  • Accompanied by spaghetti.
  • As the main ingredient of one large or a few smaller cottage pies.
  • With shortcrust pastry
  • As cooked and accompanied by mashed potatoes and vegetables.
  • As the main ingredient of one large or a few smaller puff pastry pies.
Ground Beef Pie Meal

Ground Beef Pie Meal

Recipe for Ground Beef Pie

Freezing Instructions

This mince and vegetable recipe is very easy to freeze and loses none of its taste when reheated. It can be frozen in individual small portions for one or in larger family portions.


L M Reid (author) from Ireland on July 28, 2015:

Hello Thelma, glad you like the recipe. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment

Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on May 19, 2015:

Yummy! I was about to go to bed when I saw this recipe. It makes me hungry now. Thanks for giving me the idea what to cook tomorrow. Good night!

L M Reid (author) from Ireland on March 10, 2013:

Mince Steak is very versatile to cook with and is always so tasty. Thank you prasetio30 for your comment and vote

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on March 04, 2013:

I love the recipe. It sound delicious. Thanks for share with us. Voted up!


L M Reid (author) from Ireland on March 04, 2013:

Thank you for your comments about my recipes vespawoolf

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on July 04, 2012:

I love reading about your delicious home-style recipes and this one is no exception. I plan to try it with pastry crust or mashed potatoes. Voted up and shared!

L M Reid (author) from Ireland on April 03, 2012:

This is one of my favorite recipes because it is quick to make and tastes so good in a variety of dishes.

Thanks for reading everyone.

jamterrell on May 12, 2011:

Thanks for the recipes, I wanted to cook with the recipes.

lobonorth on March 23, 2011:

Recipes sound good and your great images make me even hungrier.

SJerZGirl on October 01, 2010:

Oh this looks so good!! Cottage pie sounds wonderful!!

prettydarkhorse from US on June 24, 2010:

Hi viking, Thumbs up for this one, Nice step by step layout and content, Congrats for the nomination, Maita

L M Reid (author) from Ireland on June 23, 2010:

Hello anglinwu thanks for your comment. Yes those photos took HOURS to get on the page but worth the effort though. lol

L M Reid (author) from Ireland on June 23, 2010:

Thanks Peggy for your comment. Yes freezing freshly cooked food it so handy and healthier. I would always get a larger piece of meat to cook so that there is plenty to freeze as well. Saves on so much cooking time lol

anglnwu on June 23, 2010:

Nicely done. I love your clear explanation with good pictures. Good luck on your nomination.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 23, 2010:

You did a great job loading all of these photos! I like recipes that freeze well. Makes for an easy meal in the future. Just thaw, heat and perhaps add a salad. Thanks!

L M Reid (author) from Ireland on June 23, 2010:

Thanks habee and akirchner for reading the hub and your comments. Yes to be honest the loading of all the photos and the lines took me hours lol, but I was determined to get it right. Thanks

Audrey Kirchner from Washington on June 23, 2010:

Love your red lines and such - that is super neat! Nice presentation and good luck!

Holle Abee from Georgia on June 23, 2010:

Yum! hubby LOVES dishes like this! congrats and good luck!

L M Reid (author) from Ireland on June 22, 2010:

Thanks Money Glitch for reading and your comment. Yes It really is tasty. One of my personal favourites

Money Glitch from Texas on June 22, 2010:

Nice hub, I like the way you organized it. The recipe sounds delicious too. Congrats,on being selected as a "Best Hub" nominee this week.

L M Reid (author) from Ireland on June 22, 2010:

Yes Jay this recipe freezes very well. I love the videos where ordinary people just get stuck into to cooking in their own kitchen and post it on You Tube.

One of these days I may get up the courage to make a cooking video myself lol

Jaypyramid on June 21, 2010:

Love the recipes Viking. Yes Drjb, I like the video's too, its great to see it in action. I like the way she cuts the onion in the last video. Ground beef is so economical too. And like you say Viking, you can make a batch and freeze some.

L M Reid (author) from Ireland on June 21, 2010:

True drbj lol. I make sure to make enough of the dish so that there is a lot of it over and I can freeze it. It is so much easier to be able to take it out of the freezer and pop it in the microwave.

drbj and sherry from south Florida on June 21, 2010:

Excellent recipes, viking, and the videos make the whole process so easy. That appeals to me since cooking just isn't one of my favorite things but I can't break the habit of eating.

L M Reid (author) from Ireland on June 20, 2010:

Thanks for reading and glad you like the recipes. They really are quick and easy to create.

pcdriverupdate from VA on June 20, 2010:

great recipes! I look forward to trying some out. Thanks!