Savoury Mince on Sweet Potato and Butternut Mash

Just in case you were all thinking that I can’t cook unless I start a braai-fire, here’s a nice and easy, middle of the week, beef mince (or ground beef, to those of you not from SA) recipe:

After gazing anxiously into the depths of my freezer one evening, trying to think what to make for supper, I realised with despair that it was going to have to be mince, and, people, it’s not my favourite!!

Why do I buy beef mince? It’s a habit, going back over many years of cooking economy meals for a large family – one mince meal a week is practical, because it can be ‘stretched’ easily.

But there was a glimmer of an idea for this little packet of mince. I had sweet potatoes, and also butternut, (another basic in every kitchen), and somewhere I had seen someone make a mash with these two ingredients (I think; it may have another combination??).

So mince on mash it was to be, but with a difference.  I spiced the mince up a bit and it was one the best mince dishes I’d cooked in a while – the gentle spiciness was just perfect with the sweet mash. This is one concoction I will definitely make again, and judging by the response from the family, it will be worth it! 

Savoury Mince

Oil for frying

400 grs beef mince

1 onion, chopped

1 small fresh chilli, finely chopped

1 large clove garlic, crushed

Ground cinnamon

Ground cumin

Ground coriander

Ground ginger

fresh coriander leaves

salt and freshly ground pepper

1 50gr sachet tomato paste (or a couple of spoonsful, if you buy jars or tins)

  • Fry the onion until softened, add the mince and brown
  • Add the garlic, fry a little longer
  • Add a good shake or three of each of the spices
  • Stir in some chopped coriander leaves
  • Stir in the tomato paste
  • Add the seasoning, turn down the heat, and simmer until cooked, not long, about 20 minutes, check that it doesn’t start to burn
  • Check the seasoning, serve piled onto the mash, sprinkled with some fresh coriander leaves

Sweet Potato and Butternut Mash

Equal amounts of both, chopped into blocks  

  • Boil in water until very soft
  • Mash with a little salt and lots of butter and cinnamon.


PS  One good thing about blogging – one gets to actually record those dishes you come up with on the spur of the moment!


12 responses to “Savoury Mince on Sweet Potato and Butternut Mash

  1. I love mince but tend to repeat a few of the “same old” recipes. Love this one and I am a huge fan of sweet potato, sounds gorgeous!


  2. I also always have mince in my freezer – but mostly it gets turned into meatballs 🙂


  3. such a simple idea and you made it look so pretty in the shot too, that is hard to do with mushy food, mince is an old fav of mine.. once a week for us too~!


  4. I love butternut !!! and with this spicey mince!! I will just skip the fresh coriander!!


  5. Just that absolutely ultimate in comfort food, love it!


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