Mexicana® Cottage Pie






65 mins




serves 4

How to make:

1. In a large frying pan heat the oil and sauté the onions, celery, chilli and garlic for 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate and set aside.

2. Over a high heat add the minced beef to the frying plan and brown for 3-4 minutes.
Return the sautéed vegetables to the pan, pour in the chopped tomatoes and add the stock cube, tomato puree, and 250ml water.  Bring to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3. Meanwhile, cook the peeled sweet potato in salted boiling water until tender.  Drain and mash.  Season to taste and add a knob of butter and 100g Mexicana, mix well.

4. Preheat oven to 200C/fan 180C/Gas 6

5. After the 20 minutes, add the drained kidney beans to the chilli mince, heat for 5 minutes and season to taste.

6. Pour the chilli mince into an ovenproof dish.

7. Carefully spoon the Mexicana mash over the chilli mince, spread evenly with a knife. Sprinkle over the remaining grated Mexicana and bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, until golden and bubbling.


What You Need:

  • 1 tbsp oil, olive or rapeseed
  • 1 large onions, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and chopped
  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped (or a good pinch of dried chilli powder/flakes)
  • 1 stick celery, chopped
  • 500g minced beef
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree (or ketchup)
  • 400g can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 beef stock cube
For the Mexicana Sweet Potato Mash
  • 750g sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into even chunks
  • Knob of butter
  • 125g Mexicana, grated
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

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