Simple, Delicious, and Easy Minced Beef and Tatties

On busy nights, dinner has to be something easy and fast. Especially when I’m stressed enough already about getting the kids home from school, juggling their homework and after school activities, getting the littlest ones to bed on time, and still getting those last extracurricular activities attended.

Thursday nights are our busiest nights, by far. For real, though, why does everyone plan everything on Thursdays? It makes me feel bad for the other days… they’re perfectly good days, too. But Thursday seems to be the favorite. Oh well. So most Thursdays we’ll either be getting pizza or eating this delicious, easy minced beef and tatties. It’s healthy, it’s filling, and it’s fast. Not too bad for a traditional Scottish recipe, huh?

Our Favorite, Easy Mince Recipes that Remind us of Our Heritage

One of the reasons that we love this recipe is that it does remind us of our Scottish heritage. When I first made it, I thought I was being super original. Nope! My ancestors thought of it first. Figures, right? Ah well. At least they made it yummy – so we can eat it just like they did. While telling fun Scottish and English stories, of course!

And for when we run out of family stories, I need to borrow my husband’s history book.

Yield: 8 people

Easy Minced Beef with Tatties

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These easy mince recipes will have your family surprised when you've got an answer to the question about what's for dinner.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 can beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 package frozen peas and carrots


  1. Brown beef in a large skillet over medium heat. When beef starts to brown, add onions and garlic and cook until onions are translucent. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Stir in cornstarch and mix until meat is covered.
  3. Add beef broth and Worcestershire sauce and stir to combine. Bring pan to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered for 20 minutes.
  4. Add in peas and carrots and stir to combine. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes, or until vegetables have reached desired tenderness.
  5. Serve over mashed potatoes.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 170Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 50mgSodium 450mgCarbohydrates 8gFiber 1gSugar 3gProtein 18g

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I don’t remember what it’s called, but it looks to be really good. Then, maybe we can teach our kids some cool history lessons – and I can tap into those in my novel writing!

This is One of Our Favorite Mince Recipes – Enjoy!

There you have it – an old fashioned (yet fast to make!) dinner recipe for your crazy nights. That makes me wonder, though… is Thursdays the crazy night where you’re at, too?

Cite this article as: “Simple, Delicious, and Easy Minced Beef and Tatties.” Kimberly C. Starr, 25 February 2019,

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By Kimberly C. Starr

I'm a ginger who loves reading, eating, being a nurse, spending time with my family, and writing about it all. I believe humor is the best medicine, followed very closely by chocolate and tacos. To read more about me, click here.