Beef hotpot recipe

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This beef hotpot is the ultimate slow-cooked family meal. Put it on in the morning and you’ll have a hearty dinner ready for when everyone is home.

beef hotpot
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Preparation Time30 mins
Cooking Time8 hours (in the slow cooker)
Total Time8 hours 30 mins
Five A DayOne
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories771 Kcal39%
Sugar29 g32%
Fat38 g54%
Protein35 g70%
Carbohydrates72 g28%

Our beef hotpot recipe only has four steps in the method and is easy to batch cook and freeze if you like. 

This is an easy meal to prepare in the morning or even the day before. Then you just have to reheat when you’re ready to serve. The Worcestershire sauce is our secret ingredient as just two tablespoons adds so much depth of flavour. You could use a tablespoon of Marmite or miso paste instead if you prefer. 


  • 1tbsp sunflower oil
  • 750 g (1½lb) braising beef, cubed
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2tbsp plain flour
  • 600ml (1 pint) beef stock
  • 2tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1tbsp tomato purée
  • 2tsp English mustard
  • 3 sprigs of rosemary
  • 125g (4oz) carrots, diced
  • 125g (4oz) swede, diced
  • 125g (4oz) parsnip, diced
  • 700g (1 lb 6 oz) potatoes, thinly sliced
  • 25g (1oz) butter




  1. Preheat the slow cooker if necessary; see the manufacturer’s handbook. Heat the oil in a frying pan, add the beef a few pieces at a time until all the meat is in the pan, then fry over a high heat, stirring, until browned. Remove the beef from the pan with a slotted spoon and transfer to the slow cooker pot.
  2. Add the onion to the pan and fry, stirring, for 5 mins or until softened and just beginning to turn golden. Stir in the flour, then gradually mix in the stock. Add the Worcestershire sauce, tomato purée, mustard and leaves from 2 sprigs of the rosemary. Season with salt and pepper and bring to the boil, stirring.
  3. Add the diced vegetables to the slow cooker pot. Pour the onion and sauce over them, then cover with the potato slices, arranging them so that they overlap and pressing them down into the stock. Sprinkle with the leaves torn from the remaining stem of rosemary and a little salt and pepper.
  4. Cover with the lid and cook on high for 7–8 hrs until the potatoes and meat are tender. If your slow cooker allows, lift the pot out of the housing using oven gloves. Dot the potatoes with the butter and brown under a preheated hot grill, if liked.

Watch how to make beef hotpot

Top tips for making beef hotpot

Skip the potato topping if you like and serve the hotpot with creamy mashed potatoes or chips instead. 

What is a hot pot?

A hot pot is a traditional Chinese cooking process. It’s a big pot filled with ingredients such as meat and veg which are served in a boiling broth.

The hotpot has been adapted in many ways, for example, the British hotpot is more like a stew or casserole and is a one-pot, slow-cooked dish where all the ingredients are cooked at the same time. Topped with sliced potatoes and a generous sprinkling of cheese.

How to make a hot pot in a slow cooker

This step-by-step recipe shows you exactly how to make a hearty hotpot in a slow cooker. Just pre-cook the beef and make up your sauce by following our video recipe and then pop all the ingredients into your slow cooker and leave to cook.

Could you add wine to a beef hotpot?

You can definitely add a glass of red wine to the hotpot. We would recommend adding this in step two just before you add the stock. Let the wine simmer for a couple of minutes first, to cook off some of the alcohol, then proceed as normal.

All of the alcohol will have cooked off by the end of cooking so it’s fine to serve for the whole family. 

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Jessica Ransom

“Although this is a complete meal in itself, I like to serve beef hotpot with some warm crusty bread as there’s nothing better to mop up the delicious gravy with.” 

If you haven’t jumped on the slow cooker bandwagon and want our verdict on the best slow cookers before you invest. Have a read of our thorough reviews. 



In her Crockpot 3.5L Sizzle & Stew manual slow cooker review, Food editor Jessica Dady said this slow cooker is compact, lightweight and easy to use and clean - what’s not to love! As a busy mum she praised the fact it could easily fit enough in to feed four or six people. 

If you like this ready, try our hearty beef cobbler next. This James Martin beef stew with dumplings is another winter warmer or we have plenty of leftover beef recipes you might like.

Jessica Dady
Food Editor

Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodtoKnow and has over 12 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the must-buy seasonal food hampers and advent calendars for Christmas to the family-friendly air fryers that’ll make dinner time a breeze, Jessica loves trying and testing various food products to find the best of the best for the busy parents among us. Over the years of working with GoodtoKnow, Jessica has had the privilege of working alongside Future’s Test Kitchen to create exclusive videos - as well as writing, testing, and shooting her own recipes. When she’s not embracing the great outdoors with her family at the weekends, Jessica enjoys baking up a storm in the kitchen with her favourite bakes being chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and a tray of gooey chocolate brownies

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