Spicy Mexican Beef and Sweet Potato Pie

This meal is perfect for the way I have been feeling recently, as it is that change in the seasons where everyone appears to be getting colds, and this recipe is perfect to boost your mood and your immune system. There is something about this spicy rich sauce and the soft potatoes, with the added baked crisp to the topping that just makes you go mmmmm. The spice also helps to blow the cockles out your noses and warm up your insides, so it is perfect for these early Autumn evenings. I’m not going to lie, I would have added cheese to the top had we had some (I feel ashamed that there was a moment when there was no cheese our fridge), but using bread-crumbs and a little brushing of oil gave it that much needed crunch and texture. So if you feel like you need a meal that is guaranteed to put a smile on your face then give this a try 😀

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Serves 4

–          2 tbsp olive oil

–          1 large white onion – roughly chopped

–          350g beef mince

–          3 cloves garlic – minced

–          1 birds eye chilli – finely chopped

–          2 small carrots – finely chopped

–          ½ tsp hot chilli powder

–          1 tsp paprika

–          1 tsp cumin

–          ½ tsp cinnamon

–          1 x 400g tin plum tomatoes

–          1 x 410g tin baked beans

–          1 x 400g kidney beans

–          1 tsp marmite

–          1 tbsp tomato puree

–          200g potatoes – peeled and sliced

–          450g sweet potatoes – peeled and sliced

–          Breadcrumbs

–          Olive oil

In a deep saucepan (a casserole style pan is best), heat the oil and fry the onion for 3-4 minutes to soften.

Add the mince and stir until it has all browned

Add the garlic, chilli and carrots and fry off for 3-4 minutes

Stir in the paprika, chilli powder, cumin and cinnamon and cook for a further 1-2 minutes so the meat soaks up all the flavours and spices

Add the tomatoes, baked beans, kidney beans, marmite and tomato puree. Give it a good stir and once the pot is bubbling away then reduce the heat and leave to simmer for 15-20 minutes until the sauce has thickened

Pre heat the oven to 180’C

Bring a separate pan of salty water to the boil and cook the potatoes for 15 minutes, to take away the raw crunchy edge.

In a pie dish, or any other suitable oven proof dish, pour in the spicy mince mixture and lay out the potatoes over the top

Sprinkle over some breadcrumbs and brush with olive oil before baking in the oven for 40 minutes.

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12 thoughts on “Spicy Mexican Beef and Sweet Potato Pie

  1. I tried this delicious dish, and really warms you up, but i guess that it´s a litle spicy for a spanish guy like me.:) Anyway is delicious, thanks for sharing and spend your time on making our live happier. Hughs from the south of Spain.

  2. This looks and sounds like something I really want right now. BTW, I love your title “Homemade With A Mess”. Mine is “A Train Wreck Looking For A Home”, because every time I cook the kitchen looks like there hs been a train wreck in there. Actually, everywhere I go I leave a train wreck behind me. At least it gives me something to laugh about later.

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