Magic Mince
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Magic Mince

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Versatile, quick and delicious, mince is a Kiwi favourite. Easy to whip up for a variety of different meals, this is a recipe to always keep on hand.
<b>Prep:</b> 20 mins Prep: 20 mins
<b>Cook:</b> 45 mins Cook: 45 mins
Serves 4 Serves 4
Low Fat Low Fat
Excellent source of iron Excellent source of iron
Low Sodium Low Sodium
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  • 500g Quality Mark beef mince
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 stick celery, finely chopped (optional)
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 250g button mushrooms, wiped and sliced
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes in juice
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 4 sprigs thyme

To serve

  • wholemeal toast bread
  • sour cream
  • small handful parsley leaves




Heat a dash of oil in a heavy-based saucepan over a medium-high heat and add the beef mince. Brown mince, stirring with a wooden spoon to break up the meat, then transfer to a bowl.

Add another dash of oil to the saucepan and add the onion, carrot, celery and garlic and cook until they begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Return mince to the saucepan.

Add the mushrooms, tomatoes, tomato paste, stock and thyme. Bring to the boil, then reduce heat to low, cover and simmer mince for 45 minutes. Stir mince from time to time and taste for seasoning. Remove lid towards the end of the cooking time if you need to thicken the mince a little.

To serve

Serve magic mince on toast, top with a dollop of sour cream and parsley. See tips for more serving suggestions.
  • Suitable Cuts
  • Nutrition
  • Tips & Tricks

Nutrition Information Per Serving

Serving size: 547g
Energy kJ (kcal) 1468 (350)
Protein (g) 37.6
Fat (g) 9.6
Saturated (g)
Carbohydrate (g) 25.0
Sugars (g)
Sodium (mg) 638
Iron (mg) 6.8
Zinc (mg) 7.2
Vitamin B12 (ug) 3.6
Vitamin D (ug) N/A
Selenium (ug) 24.4
  • Serve magic mince with cooked rice, in taco shells or on toast. To turn into a dish of nachos, place cooked magic mince in an ovenproof dish, top with chopped avocado and tomato, sour cream and grated cheese. Place under a hot grill for about 1 minute to grill the cheese.
  • If time allows, cook mince for 1-1¼ hours for an advanced flavour.

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Comments & Reviews

There are: 5 reviews, with an average rating of 4.4 out of 5
amazing. not over seasoned. Takes a while but worth the wait
Posted by anon 2018-03-10 10:38:33
Magic because it's another Bolognese sauce
Posted by Charmel 2018-03-04 18:30:53
Hi. Thank you for sharing your recipe here. I wanna try this recipe, so excited to prepare it in my kitchen.

You could also try recipe with magic mushrooms - https://www.trufflemagic.com/blog/magic-mushroom-risotto-recipes/
Posted by Thanks for the Recipe! 2017-10-05 16:39:11
Yummy ! Quick and versatile ! Thanks guys.
Posted by Victoria 2016-02-28 16:00:46
You cannot go past Beef Mince. So versatile an kids love it on toast as a stew, patties for home made burgers, Tacos -
There is so much that one can do with a pack of eef Mince
Posted by Manu Kerehoma 2016-02-22 16:34:45
Have already made this about five times - just love it!
Posted by Ashley 2016-02-22 14:35:21




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