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
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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: 10 reviews, with an average rating of 5.0 out of 5
Great mince - I omitted mushrooms and added a 2Tbsp of chilli sauce and 1Tbsp Worcestershire sauce - was deeeeelicious .
Posted by Kathy 2020-04-09 08:15:42
Tried this last night but with twice the mince & doubled everything else. Didn't have Thyme but added mixed herbs. Very very nice. Even my wife and daughters liked it. Could have used 350g of mushrooms instead of 500g.
Posted by Wayne Bond 2020-04-08 08:32:57
Absolutely delicious, takes a wee while longer but flavours all come together. Our favourite way to cook mince with just enough left over to have on toast next morning with a blob of sour cream nom nom.
Posted by Kiwi 2019-12-10 12:53:46
A delicious and different way to have mince.

Posted by Wazza 2019-07-03 06:15:11
We have made this a number of times it's so yummy
Posted by Natasha 2019-03-09 11:22:25
A viable alternative when your original order of home made baked beans becomes no longer on the menu at Cafe express in palmerston north 30 minutes after you order it.
It's mince. On toast.
Posted by Ellie 2019-02-15 20:46:10
I recommend this recipe, it was easy to follow & it uses ingredients that most would have in their fridge or pantry and best of all, it was delicious - I will make this over using a packet mix in future.
Posted by Margaret 2019-01-28 19:57:05
amazing. not over seasoned. Takes a while but worth the wait
Posted by Alice 2018-03-10 10:38:33
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
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