Individual Mexican chilli pies

A pot of something hot and spicy is the side to a feast of sport. If you like your chilli hot, stir in an extra ½ teaspoon chilli flakes

Serves 6


chilli pie600g beef mince
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tablespoon freshly chopped thyme
½ teaspoon chilli flakes
400g can kidney beans, drained
400g can SuperValu chopped tomatoes
200ml hot beef stock
½ pack of 375g SuperValu mixed vegetables, thawed
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the mash:650g potatoes, roughly chopped
550g sweet potatoes, roughly chopped
50g SuperValu butter
75g SuperValu mature cheddar, grated

To serve:Salad leaves, tomato and cucumber


1. Brown half the mince in a pan, over a medium heat, until golden, breaking it down with the back of a spoon as it cooks. Rest a sieve over a bowl and spoon the mince into it, to drain away the fat. Brown the remaining half of mince and, once browned, add to the cooked mince to drain away the fat once again.

2. Add the crushed garlic, thyme and chilli flakes to the pan and cook for 1 minute, then return the mince to the pan with the kidney beans, chopped tomatoes and hot beef stock. Season well, cover with a lid and bring to the boil. Turn the heat down low and cook for 1 hour. This ensures the mince is lovely and tender. Ten minutes before the end of cooking time, stir in the thawed mixed vegetables.

3. Make the mash topping around 20 minutes before the end of the mince’s cooking time. Put the white potatoes in a pan of cold water. Bring to the boil and cook for 10 minutes. Add the sweet potatoes to the pan and bring to the boil again. Continue to cook for 5-10 minutes until both potatoes are tender. Drain well, return to the pan and add the butter. Mash well. Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan/gas mark 6.

4. Divide the chilli among six individual ovenproof dishes (around 350-400ml). Spoon the mash on top and spread it out to cover the chilli. Scatter the cheese over the top. Cook in the oven for 15 minutes until bubbling hot and golden. Serve with salad.

All have been made using ingredients from the new SuperValu range at Budgens. All Budgens stores, which are owned by independent retailers, stock the range. To find your nearest store visit


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