How to Cook Minced Beef March 21, 2017

by Trisha How to cook

Now, some might say this is a bit of an obvious question, but a lot of people have asked us how to cook minced beef. When you cook minced beef, you’ll get the best flavour if you fry it or as some say “brown it” beforehand. Browning only takes about 5 minutes, but it’ll make you’re dish whether it’s shepherds pie or chilli con carne absolutely irresistible. If you’re cooking mince that you’ve previously had in the freezer, don’t forget to defrost it properly – you can read our guide to defrosting mince.
How do you fry mince?

How do you fry mince?

To get the best flavour from your minced beef, you should brown it slightly before you add it to your recipe. To brown / fry your mince take the following steps:

  1. Add a dash of oil to a hot pan & add your mince
  2. Stir to make sure the mince doesn’t stick to the pan and browns evenly
  3. If too many juices escape, pour the mince into a strainer to remove liquid and then add just the mince back into the pan until it’s browned on the outside.
  4. You can use the juices in your sauce as a stock, to add flavour.

 Now, you can add your mince to whatever recipe you’d like.

How do you make mince and onions?

Now that you’ve mastered browing, try a basic mince and onions to have with rice, potatoes or veggies. If you’re a beginner, this is a delicious base to so many traditional minced beef dishes like cottage pie or chilli.


  • 500g minced beef
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 300ml beef stock
  • 3 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  1. Add the chopped onions to a pot at low heat with your olive oil. Allow the onions to soften and stir now and again.
  2. Add the beef and fry until browned.
  3. Add the plain flour and stir rigourously while cooking for around 2 minutes.
  4. Pour in your beef stock, Worcestershire Sauce and salt and pepper and bring to the boil stirring. Once the sauce has thickened slightly turn the heat down low and simmer for 15 minutes.
  5. Simmer for ten minutes on a low heat.
  6. Serve with rice, potatoes or veggies.

How do cook minced beef in Mexican tacos?

Minced beef works really well in tacos, so we’d highly recommend switching up your normal shepherd’s pie night for a taco night. Spice up your dinnertime with this incredibly easy and quick Mexican taco recipe with minced beef and lots of other deliciously, fresh ingredients.

Spicy 30 Minute Minced Beef Tacos

Category: How to cook, Lunch & Dinner

Spicy 30 Minute Minced Beef Tacos


250g minced beef
6 tortillas
1 avocado
2 spring onions
3 Radishes
1 Red Bell Pepper
2 tsp Mexican spice blend
4 tbsp Sour Cream
1 Lime
1 tsp Vegetable Oil
Salt & pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 190 degrees C
  2. Take your red pepper and trim off the stem, white insides and seeds. Now slice into thin strips. Chopp the end off your spring onions and then slice thinly. Keep the green and white parts separate because you'll use them at different points.
  3. Slice your limes into quarters and your radishes nice and thinly.
  4. Halve, pit, and scoop flesh from avocado. Mash up in a bowl and mix in with 1 tbsp of the greens of your spring onions and a squeeze of lime. Now season with salt and pepper and mash again to make sure it's smooth.
  5. Heat a drizzle of oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Brown the meat (see method at the top of this page). Add bell pepper and cook, tossing, until softened and lightly charred, 5-6 minutes. Stir in scallion whites and cook until just softened, 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper and mix your mexican spice mix in.
  6. While your minced beef cooks, cover your tortillas in foil and cook in the preheated oven for about 5 minutes. Remove from the oven but keep wrapped until ready to serve.
  7. Spread your avocado mixture evenly on your tortillas, then top each with beef mixture, radishes, a dollop of sour cream, and an remaining scallion greens. Serve with lime wedges for squeezing over on the side

Our 3 Favourite Minced Beef Recipes

How to cook minced beef: Kylie’s Super Mexican Cottage Pie
How to cook minced beef: Beef Ragout with Rigatoni, Black Olive and Tomato Salsa
How to cook minced beef: Spicy Sausage Chilli with Home
The Mexican / British fusion way to cook minced beef – it’s delightful and the sweetness of the potatoes brings out the salty goodness of the minced beef.
How to cook minced beef Italian style. This adds a bit of spice to the nation’s much loved “spag bol”.
How to cook minced beef Mexican style. Don’t worry the homemade tortilla chips are incredibly easy to make, no need to make any dough.

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maria says:

thank you, this taco recipe looks delicious. I also enjoy pulled pork ones. I like to add a little chili sauce to mine too

palmer says:

You can’t make shepherd’s pie with minced beef. Shepherds don’t herd bovines.
Cottage pie uses beef.
Shepherd’s pie uses mutton or lamb.
Simple! Let’s get things right.

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