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Mince And Tatties (Scottish Ground Beef Recipe)

Enjoy our take on this Mince And Tatties – the Scottish dinner of stewed mince and mashed potato. It’s great comfort food on colder days and the mince can be made in the slow cooker!

Mince And Tatties



  • 1 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 lb (500g) minced beef
  • 3 tbsp plain flour
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and cubed
  • ¼ stick celery
  • 1 ¾ (400ml) cup beef stock (made with 1½ stock cubes)
  • 1 cup Porter or dark ale, I used Guinness
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 OXO cube, omit if can’t find
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • 2 sprigs of fresh thyme or 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 cup of garden peas (optional)


  • 2.6 lb potatoes (1.2kg) or 4 large potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ¼ (60ml) cup milk
  • 4 tbsp butter

See the recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities.


Step 1: First, add potatoes to a large pan with enough water to cover and add the bay leaves and salt, then cook for 15 – 20 minutes or until tender.

You might want to use a tiered steamer and cook 2 cups of garden peas on the top too!

Step 2: In a large skillet, add the oil to a large frying pan and sauté the chopped onions and minced garlic if using.

Step 3: Add the mince and fry until it’s all browned off.

Step 4: Then stir in your chosen flour and cook while stirring for 1 minute until everything is coated before you add the diced vegetables.

Step 5: Now add everything else and cook on medium-high heat until boiling. Then reduce to medium to low heat and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

If you find it evaporates too quickly, add a dash more water and cover with a lid if necessary and continue cooking.

Step 6: Once the carrots are tender and you have a thick gravy consistency.

Step 7: Now drain the potatoes, discard the bay leaves and mash with the milk, butter and salt and pepper to taste.

Step 8: Serve together with the peas if cooked and enjoy your freshly cook Mince And Tatties!

Mince And Tatties


You might think there’s a lot of water initially, but after 20 minutes, trust me, the flour helps give it the consistency of a thick stew.

Also, I do recommend stirring occasionally in case it catches on the bottom and if it evaporates too quickly, you can always add tablespoons of the cooking water from your boiling potatoes and cover the pan with a lid.

Furthermore, any large carrots lumps should now be soft. If your root vegetables are still firm, you know you need to simmer for a few more minutes.


Yield: | Estimate the nutritional information for each serving:

Calories: 613kcal | Total Fat: 22g | Cholesterol: 102mg | Sodium: 720mg | Total Carbohydrates: 68g | Sugar: 8g | Protein: 35g | Calcium: 106mg | Iron: 6mg | Potassium: 2078mg | Fiber: 8g | Vitamin A: 6437IU | Vitamin C: 64mg

Mince And Tatties


1. What exactly is Mince and Tatties?

Mince and Tatties is a classic Scottish dish consisting of minced meat (usually beef) cooked with onions, carrots, and peas, served on a bed of creamy mashed potatoes (tatties).

2. What type of meat is traditionally used in Mince and Tatties?

The traditional choice is minced beef. However, some variations may use lamb or a combination of meats.

3. How do I make the mashed potatoes for Mince and Tatties?

Peel and boil potatoes until tender. Mash them with butter and milk, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Some people also like to add a touch of nutmeg for extra flavor.

4. Can I use other vegetables in Mince and Tatties?

Yes, you can customize the dish by adding vegetables like celery, leeks, or even swede (rutabaga) to the minced meat mixture for additional flavor and texture.

5. What kind of gravy is typically used?

A simple beef or vegetable stock-based gravy is commonly used. You can adjust the thickness of the gravy according to your preference.

6. Can I make Mince and Tatties ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare the minced meat mixture and mashed potatoes ahead of time. Store them separately in the refrigerator and assemble and reheat just before serving.

7. Can I freeze Mince and Tatties?

Yes, Mince and Tatties freezes well. Store in a freezer-safe container for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before reheating.

8. How can I make a vegetarian or vegan version of Mince and Tatties?

Substitute the minced meat with plant-based alternatives like lentils, mushrooms, or textured vegetable protein. Use vegetable stock and replace dairy with plant-based options for the mashed potatoes.

9. What are common side dishes to serve with Mince and Tatties?

Pickled beets, neeps (mashed turnips), or a side of green vegetables are common choices to complement Mince and Tatties.

10. Can I add spices to the minced meat for extra flavor?

Absolutely! Thyme, rosemary, or a pinch of nutmeg can be added to the minced meat for additional depth of flavor.

Let’s Make This Hearty Mince And Tatties!

Absolutely! Thyme, rosemary, or a pinch of nutmeg can be added to the minced meat for additional depth of flavor.
Mince And Tatties

And there you have it – this easy, yummy Mince And Tatties is ready to take its place on your table. If you decide to give it a shot, make sure to snap a photo and share it with us on Facebook and Pinterest.

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