Beef and bean crumble


serves 4
500 g (1 lb) lean minced beef
25 g (1 oz) margarine or butter
1 onion, chopped
2 carrots, coarsely grated
2 celery stalks, finely chopped
150 ml (1/4 pint) beef stock
150 g (5 oz) can tomato puree
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
salt and freshly ground black pepper
425 g (15 oz) can baked beans in tomato sauce

crumble topping

75 g (3 oz) porridge oats
25 g (1 oz) plain flour
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
50 g (2 oz) Cheddar cheese, finely grated
40 g (1 1/2 oz) margarine, melted


1. Heat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6. Melt the margarine in a large saucepan, add the onion, carrot and celery and fry gently for 5 minutes until the onion is soft and lightly coloured. Add the minced beef and fry over moderate heat for 3-4 minutes until browned.

2. Add the stock to the pan with the tomato puree, oregano and salt and pepper to taste, and simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes, stirring.

3. Meanwhile, make the crumble topping: mix the oats in a small bowl with the flour, oregano and grated cheese. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt, then season well with black pepper. Stir in the melted margarine.

4. Stir the baked beans into beef mixture and heat through, then transfer the mixture to a 1.75 L/3 pint ovenproof dish. Sprinkle the crumble mixture over the top.

5. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes, until the topping is golden brown. Serve hot, straight from the dish.

What did you think?

57 people have helped to review this recipe. Thankyou!

Beef and Bean Crumble
posted by Mrs Anne-Marie Wroe @ 07:19AM, 5/11/07
This was excellent!!! Enjoyed it so much we could have ate it all over again!!!!
Very tasty!
posted by Mandy Avent @ 01:57PM, 6/28/09
My family really liked this meal. We left out the celery & oregano and just made do with what we could find in the cupboard! We used Baked Beans with Sausages & Oat So Simple Golden Syrup Porridge Oats and it turned out delicious. My daughter helped me make it & she loved it - Well definately be making it again!
posted by Nikola Bailey and Pauline-May Bailey @ 05:21AM, 7/18/09
My nine year old daughter pauline-May and I made this one saturday afternoon and we all had some of it for our evening meal with steamed vegetable and it went down very well. Will be doing it again thats for sure. Doesn`t cost the earth and with ingredients we had in either the fridge the freezer or the cardboard. Brilliant recipe thank you Pauline-May and mum Nikola xx
High five!
posted by Karl @ 12:58PM, 8/16/09
This turned out great
posted by Jo @ 07:32AM, 10/01/09
Made this last night with my 7 yr old daughter! Didnt need much to fill the belly! Very tasty indeed! Nice to have a recipe where you have all the ingredients in the house and not all these fancy things youve never heard of! Definately become a regular meal in my household!
posted by Helen Lambert @ 06:11AM, 11/01/09
We have made it before lots of times but were making it again we love it :D:D very very tasty :D
Very good!!
posted by A Conn @ 11:46AM, 12/15/09
Very tasty - I found I needed a bit more liquid that the recipe calls for.
Great mince alternative though!
Clean plate
posted by sharron rankin @ 08:11AM, 4/09/10
This is a great dish it is one dish that i can rely on for satisfying my family,clean plates all round
Blazing Saddles part2
posted by Dale, (aka Allo). @ 05:05AM, 7/24/10
What a great and very simple idea. Good honest grub that satisfied me for many hours. I added a small amount of fresh chilli, very nice. A great alternative to cottage pie.
posted by CynicalLover2.0 @ 05:56AM, 8/08/10
Meh, it was ok.
Beanz meanz Nomz
posted by James @ 10:25AM, 8/09/10
All in all, this was a very good recipe. However, I found that it was a real struggle to get the topping to be anything other than dry and floury. I'd suggest putting less flour in than the recipe suggests, and also adding a splash of Worcester sauce in as well.
posted by CrashyB @ 06:44AM, 11/09/10
Flat mates loved it, as did I! Double the amount of crumble though, it can be stretched too thin otherwise.
Yummy meal
posted by angie manby @ 11:41AM, 11/10/10
Great easy to make, I added crumbled oat cakes because didn't have porridge oats came out great very tasty, will make this again for sure.
Boo Yaa
posted by Lou @ 09:17AM, 2/13/11
Me & my housemate made this as we had all the ingredients lying round house! Very Nice & Very Filling . . . tad dry :D more butter perhaps.
Mincey icious!
posted by Robbs @ 03:05PM, 3/14/11
This was amazing, who knew?!? If i didn't have to dish up for my husband as well, i would've scoffed the whole lot down myself and licked the plate afterwards! Thank you
Deliciously good!
posted by Harry @ 02:46AM, 3/20/11
It has a lovely texture to it and tastes emmence ive made it twice now and its one of my best things ive ever made i thinK!
Now a family favourite...
posted by EFK @ 07:04AM, 5/18/11
I'm just making this for the umpteenth time as it's in big demand. The best part is that you can vary the ingredients depending on what you have in the cupboard - I added chopped peppers and mushrooms plus some leftover peas; the the extra veg in it means you can just eat it on its own. Ideal for a TV supper! I add a little more melted marg to the topping to prevent it being dry.
I have also made it using Quorn mince and sunflower marg for my vegetarian daughter, and the no-one noticed the difference.
posted by pebbles @ 07:57AM, 6/08/11
So easy to make and a great alternative to shepards pie which we always have when we had mince!!!
made it with different veg to recipe as do not like celery so put in sweetcorn instead! absolutely lovely meal and it went down a treat with the whole family....... definately be doing it again!!
Crumble not just for pudding :O
posted by pudding man @ 01:12PM, 8/02/11
This made my week, i just thought crumble was just for pudding but not i can have it as a mane too :D <3 this recipe and will defo be making it again :)
posted by Kev @ 01:28PM, 9/02/11
Very yummy. Children loved it! Easy to tweak according to tastes & what you happen to have in your cupboard. Try aduki beans etc in place of baked beans, a bit of chilli sauce maybe... Whatever you fancy!
Fab idea!
posted by Kitty9874 @ 11:59AM, 9/04/11
I make crumbles loads but never thought of a savoury one! (Doh!) What a great alternative to the usual mince ideas. Made to a slightly alternative recipe to this, but thank you for the idea! Whole family (six of us) loved it! Yay!
Easy & tasty
posted by obliqueCut @ 05:13PM, 11/06/11
I loved not only the taste, but also the texture given by the crumble topping. My boyfriend was thrilled!
posted by Chef Abuja @ 03:15PM, 11/18/11
Made this tonight n my husband absolutely loved it.
Geri B
posted by Geraldine @ 11:09AM, 1/14/12
Loved making this. So quick and simple for a mince beef fan as i am... Tasted lovely and will make a thousand times for grandchildren and me toooo...
Easy and really tasty
posted by Hilary @ 10:01AM, 1/17/12
This is very good, easy to make, cheap and tasty
Yuck yuck yuck
posted by yvonne @ 12:51PM, 10/02/12
Dont waste your time or ingredients with this! not worth the hassle, it all went in the bin!
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