Mouth-Watering Beef Hotpot Pie Recipe for Dinner Tonight

Welcome to my beef hotpot pie recipe, where I’ll be sharing with you one of my all-time favorite meat pies! This recipe is a true celebration of rich flavors and hearty textures, perfect for those cold winter nights when you crave something comforting and filling.

As a chef specializing in Vietnamese and Asian cuisine, I’ve always been inspired by dishes that combine bold spices and fresh ingredients. This beef hotpot pie recipe includes some of my favorite herbs and spices, such as garlic, onion, Worcestershire sauce, and diced tomatoes with juice.

The beauty of this recipe is that it can be made with either braising beef or ground beef, depending on your preference. Both options deliver the slow-cooked flavor and melt-in-your-mouth texture that make this pie so irresistible.

I’m excited to share this beef hotpot pie recipe with you today, whether you’re looking for a delicious family meal or a special dish to impress your guests. So let’s get cooking!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Beef Hotpot Pie
Beef Hotpot Pie

Attention, foodies and home cooks alike! I know you’re always on the lookout for hearty, tasty recipes that are easy to make and guaranteed to satisfy your cravings. Well, look no further, because I’ve got just the thing for you: a beef hotpot pie recipe.

Now, I hear you asking: what’s so special about this recipe? Why should I bother trying it out? Let me tell you why.

First of all, let’s talk about the main ingredient: beef. Not just any beef, mind you – we’re talking slow-cooked, braising beef or chuck steak. This means that the meat will be tender and succulent, infused with rich, savory flavors from a medley of herbs and spices.

To complement the beef, we’ll be adding some classic veggies like onions and carrots, along with some extras like corn kernels and diced tomatoes. And to really bring out the flavors of the dish, we’ll be using Worcestershire sauce and garlic.

But here’s what really sets this recipe apart: the crispy potato topped meat pie. That’s right – instead of the usual puff pastry crust or plain mashed potatoes on top of your stew pot pie, we’ll be giving it a Lancashire hotpot twist with sliced potatoes that get beautifully golden and crunchy in the oven.

Trust me when I say that this one-pot wonder is a crowd-pleaser. Whether you’re cooking for your family or hosting a dinner party with friends, everyone will be asking for seconds (and thirds) of this comforting dish. And if you have any leftovers, they make for a delicious lunch or dinner option later on in the week.

So go ahead, give this beef hotpot pie recipe a try. You won’t be disappointed!

Ingredient List

 A savory and hearty beef hotpot pie just out of the oven
A savory and hearty beef hotpot pie just out of the oven

Let’s start by gathering all the ingredients you’ll need to make this comforting and savory Beef Hotpot Pie recipe.

Main Ingredients

  • 1 pound of beef chuck steak, cut into small pieces
  • 2 large onions, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes with juice (14.5 ounces)
  • 1 can of corn kernels, drained (15.25 ounces)
  • 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Beef Stew/Mixture

  • 1 beef stock cube dissolved in one cup of hot water
  • 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp of olive oil

For the Crispy Potato Topping

  • 2 large potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

All these pie ingredients are readily available in grocery stores. Choose the best beef you can find for the best results. The flavors will be more pronounced when you slow cook boneless beef.

The Recipe How-To

 A golden crust topping a steamy beef hotpot filling
A golden crust topping a steamy beef hotpot filling

Now that we have all our ingredients ready, it’s time to start cooking this savory Beef Hotpot Pie. Follow along, and you’ll be able to cook a delicious meat pie in no time.

Step 1: Prepare the Beef

  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F).
  2. Heat vegetable oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat.
  3. When hot, add the beef, salt and pepper to the pot or skillet.
  4. Cook until brown on all sides and then set aside for later.

Step 2: Work on the Vegetables

  1. In the same pot or skillet, add olive oil and heat up again.
  2. Add onions, garlic, and carrots and toss for about 5 minutes or until they’re soft.
  3. Next, include corn kernels and diced tomatoes with juice, stir for another 2-3 minutes
  4. Add two tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce before adding the already cooked beef back in.
  5. Next, pour in 3 tbsp of flour and stir well, making sure there aren’t any lumps.

Step 3: Braising

  1. Pour beef stock into the mixture until it covers everything including the meat, then add a bay leaf.
  2. Bring the whole mixture to a boil on high heat, then reduce to low heat and simmer covered for at least one hour until meat is nice and tender.

Step 4: Building the Pie

  1. Set your puff pastry dough out to defrost as per package instructions (generally about an hour)
  2. After finishing braising the beef stew pot pie mixture (it should have thickened a bit), ladle it directly into an oven-safe pie dish or multiple personal ramekins/pie dishes depending on the desired servings.
  3. Cover each pot pie with a square of puff pastry that has been trimmed to the shape of the dish, gently tucking the excess dough under and around the edge of each pot pie.
  4. Poke some fork holes in the top to let steam escape while baking and make sure the dough won’t puff up too much.
  5. Brush each pastry top with egg wash then place in preheated oven
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the crispy potato topped meat pie is hot, bubbling and golden brown.

Congratulations, your Beef Hotpot Pie is now ready! Serve hot and enjoy this delicious comfort food.

Substitutions and Variations

 The perfect comfort food for colder days: beef hotpot pie
The perfect comfort food for colder days: beef hotpot pie

One of the best things about any recipe is the ability to make it your own by adding variations or substitutions to suit your taste. If you’re not a fan of beef, try swapping it out for lamb or pork. You can also mix in some minced beef with the stew meat for added flavor and texture.

For a vegetarian twist, you can swap out the beef with mushrooms, lentils, seitan or tofu. Sautee them well in olive oil before adding them to the recipe to give them that meaty flavor.

If you’re looking for a healthier option, you can use sweet potatoes instead of regular potatoes. They are rich in vitamins and minerals and add sweetness to balance out the savory flavors.

For an elevated twist, replace the puff pastry with phyllo dough or pie crusts. They provide that crispy texture while giving your dish a new twist. And when serving, consider adding sliced avocado and chopped cilantro as garnish.

Finally, for a richer flavor profile, stir in some Guinness or ale while cooking the stew for more depth of flavor. Add it gradually and adjust to taste.

Remember that these substitutions shouldn’t compromise the essence of the dish; however, they can offer an opportunity to customize it to match any preference.

Serving and Pairing

 Deliciously fragrant Vietnamese spices make this beef hotpot pie special
Deliciously fragrant Vietnamese spices make this beef hotpot pie special

My beef hotpot pie recipe delivers a hearty, meaty meal that will leave you feeling satisfied and comforted. I love to serve this delicious pie hot from the oven with a side of crispy roasted vegetables or creamy mashed potatoes for the ultimate comfort food feast.

To take things up a notch, you can also pair this beef pot pie recipe with your favourite ale or beer. I particularly love to serve this dish with a cold glass of Lancashire ale. The rich, malty flavours of the beer balance the savoury notes of the beef and compliment the buttery puff pastry crust.

If you’re entertaining guests, consider serving this beef stew pot pie as part of an elegant dinner party spread. Pair it with a crisp green salad or warm vegetable soup for a satisfying and complete meal that will leave your guests raving.

Whether you’re dining solo or sharing with friends and family, my beef hotpot pie recipe is versatile enough to pair well with a variety of side dishes and beverages. So go ahead and get creative – there are endless possibilities when it comes to serving and pairing this tasty meat pie!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Who doesn't love a good pie? Especially one filled with beef hotpot goodness
Who doesn’t love a good pie? Especially one filled with beef hotpot goodness

Now that you’ve made this mouth-watering beef hotpot pie, it’s important to know how to store and reheat it. This dish can be made in advance and kept in the fridge or freezer for a quick weeknight dinner option. It is also perfect for meal prepping for the busy week ahead!

To make this beef hotpot pie ahead of time, simply follow the recipe as instructed and let it cool to room temperature before storing. If you’re going to be reheating it within a few days, place it in an airtight container and keep it in the refrigerator.

If you want to keep it longer, wrap the pie securely in plastic wrap and then aluminum foil before storing in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Reheating is easy! To reheat your beef hotpot pie, preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and remove any wrapping or packaging. Place it on a baking sheet and into the oven for around 20-25 minutes or until fully heated through.

Another option is reheating individual portions in the microwave. Simply place on a microwave-safe dish and heat on high for 1-2 minutes or until bubbling hot.

It’s important to note that when reheating this dish from frozen, do not thaw it out at room temperature as this can result in bacteria growth. Instead, place it directly into the preheated oven and cook for closer to 40-50 minutes.

With properly stored and reheated leftovers, you can enjoy all of those delicious flavors once again. No need to stress about cooking from scratch every night of the week!

Tips for Perfect Results

 A forkful of tender beef, flavorful broth, and veggies in every bite
A forkful of tender beef, flavorful broth, and veggies in every bite

One of the keys to making the perfect beef hotpot pie is to use the right ingredients and cooking techniques. Here are some tips that will help you create a flavorful, tender and crispy potato-topped meat pie that you and your loved ones will enjoy:

1. Use the Right Beef Cut

To ensure your beef hotpot pie turns out delicious, use a slow-cooking cut of beef like chuck steak or braising beef. Boneless beef works better for this recipe compared to other cuts as it becomes juicy and tender when cooked slowly.

2. Get Your Timing Right

Cooking beef hotpot pie is not a difficult task, but it does require patience. Preparing and cooking the ingredients should take about 45 minutes, while baking in the oven takes 25 minutes more. So make sure you allocate enough time in your schedule to complete the process.

3. Brown Your Meat First

Browning your meat before adding it to the stew pot will help lock in all those delicious flavors. Heat a tablespoon of vegetable oil over medium-high heat before browning your meat for about 5-7 minutes.

4. Don’t Skimp on the Vegetables

Adding veggies like onions, carrots, corn kernels or any other of your choice can make all the difference to your overall flavor profile of the beef hotpot pie stew. Make sure they are chopped finely and evenly so that they cook through properly along with the meat.

5. Use Store-Bought Puff Pastry

If you’re looking for convenience or short on time, store-bought puff pastry works just as well for this recipe. And since most brands have consistent quality levels, you can be sure that your crusts will turn out great every time.

By following these tips, you’ll be able to make the perfect beef hotpot pie every time!


As with any recipe, there may be questions that come up during the preparation and cooking process. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions and answers to help you make a perfect beef hotpot pie every time.

What cuts of beef are best for pies?

For the perfect steak pies with tender and succulent meat, I highly recommend using chuck or silverside beef. Additionally, you can easily find other braising beef cuts at your nearby supermarket that will work just as well.

Why is my meat pie so dry?

To avoid a dry pie crust, it’s important to make sure that your dough has enough moisture. When the dough is properly mixed, it should hold together well when you pinch it with your fingers. If it’s too crumbly, it’s a sign that you need to add more moisture to the dough.

How does Gordon Ramsay make steak pie?

Alright, let’s get started with this dish! Before anything else, let’s preheat the oven to a scorching 220°C/428°F/gas mark 7.
Now for the first step in the recipe, grab a bowl and pour in some flour. Make sure to add the right amount of seasoning to the flour – too little and the dish may taste bland, too much and it could ruin the flavors.
Next, give the meat a good coat with the seasoned flour. This’ll make the meat crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside.
Once that’s done, it’s time to heat up half of the butter in a pan. The butter and high heat will help sear and brown the meat, giving it a gorgeous color and flavor.
Now it’s time to add in the vegetables, herbs, ale, and stock. This will infuse the dish with rich, hearty flavors and create a perfect balance to the meat.
After everything is cooked and ready to go, make sure to season the dish to your liking. I always like to add in the remaining butter to give it that extra buttery goodness. Finally, pour everything into an ovenproof serving dish and let the oven work its magic.

What to serve with beef pie?

Here are some delicious and classic side dishes that you can serve with a meat pie on any occasion. Enjoy the fluffy and buttery mashed potatoes which are an ideal choice for soaking up the leftover gravy. If you want a twist on the regular Sunday roast, roasted potatoes are worth trying. Additionally, you can serve baked beans, which add a hint of sweetness to the meal, and are a quick and easy side dish option.

Bottom Line

As a chef, I believe that this beef hotpot pie recipe will be one of the best pies you’ll ever taste. The slow-cooked, braised beef creates a mouthwatering flavor that cannot be matched. The combination of ingredients such as onion, garlic, and Worcestershire sauce produces a unique tangy, savory taste that is simply irresistible.

The crispiness of the potato on top is the perfect complement to this meaty pie. The pastry used is puff pastry which provides added texture and taste to the dish. You can choose to substitute some of the ingredients for your preference or use what you have in your pantry. Nonetheless, trust me when I say this recipe is worth trying!

I recommend preparing this beef hotpot pie recipe ahead of time and storing it well so it can be reheated later for an equally delicious meal experience. And don’t forget to pair it with your favorite wine or beer to enhance its already rich flavors.

Finally, I implore you to try other famous British meat pies such as Lancashire hotpot or ale pie, Guiness beef stew, pot pies, and even mince meat pies made from leftover beef! There are various possible combinations that will satisfy your cravings. So come on, give this beef hotpot pie recipe a go today!

Beef Hotpot Pie

Beef Hotpot Pie Recipe

I found this recipe on a Woolworths take home recipe card and adapted it for the slow cooker. You can find the original recipe on
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 9 hrs
Course Main Course
Cuisine British
Calories 790.2 kcal


  • 750 g beef, diced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, crushed
  • 410 g diced tomatoes with juice
  • 310 g corn kernels
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 beef stock cube
  • 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed


  • Place beef, onion, garlic, tomatoes, corn and worcestershire sauce into crock pot.
  • Sprinkle with stock cube.
  • Mix, cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 230 degrees Celsius.
  • Transfer crock pot contents to ovenproof casserole dish.
  • Cover with pastry, pinching edges decoratively.
  • Bake for 20 minutes until pastry is golden.

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Serving: 395gCalories: 790.2kcalCarbohydrates: 68.3gProtein: 13.9gFat: 54.2gSaturated Fat: 18.4gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 510.8mgFiber: 6.2gSugar: 4.7g
Keyword Easy, Meat
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