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    Savoury Mince (Australian Ground Beef)

    My Savoury Mince recipe is the perfect answer to the age-old question, “what’s for dinner?” It’s easy, hearty and so delicious.

    Popular in Australia, this is one ground beef recipe that I think you’ll be cooking over and over again.

    My easy Savoury Mince recipe features ground beef and vegetables in a tasty gravy. It's very popular in Australia, and makes a great weeknight dinner.

    I don’t really remember where or when I first came across savoury mince. Probably just some random internet searching. But I’ve cooked it many times over the years, and must say it’s always a crowd pleaser.

    I kind of think of it as Australian picadillo. And we love our picadillo. If you haven’t tried them, be sure to check out our recipes for Mexican Picadillo, Puerto Rican Picadillo and Filipino Picadillo.


    • Ground beef – I recommend either 85/15 or 90/10 lean ground beef. They’re a good compromise of not too dry, not too greasy.
    • Fresh veggies – Onion, mushrooms and potatoes.
    • Frozen veggies – Any mix you prefer. I use the kind with corn, peas, carrots and green beans.
    • Garlic – The most used ingredient on GypsyPlate.
    • Flour – To thicken the dish up.
    • Beef broth – I use Better than Bouillon.
    • Flavor enhancers – Tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, oregano, thyme, salt and pepper.
    Seasoned ground beef with vegetables served over rice.

    Easy Savoury Mince Recipe

    First, I sauté the onion, potatoes and mushrooms for about five minutes, then add in the garlic for another minute.

    Next, I add the ground beef and break it up a bit with a wooden spoon. I cook it for about 5 minutes until there is no more pink. After that, I stir in the flour and tomato paste and cook for another couple of minutes.

    Then, I add the beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, thyme and oregano, and simmer everything for about 10 minutes. Towards the end, I taste and season with salt and pepper.

    Finally, I stir in the mixed veggies and about a quarter cup more water. I cook everything for another 5 minutes.

    Finished product after cooking.

    As for serving, I like this mince a variety of ways. In Australia, it’s very common to serve it on toasted bread. It also great over mashed potatoes, rice or egg noodles.


    • One common variation is to add some curry powder. When I make curried mince, I add 2 to 3 teaspoons of curry powder at the same time as the flour and tomato paste.
    • You can follow the same recipe with ground lamb, it’s great. They’re really into lamb in Australia, by the way.
    • Try adding other veggies. Bell peppers and zucchini both go really well here.
    • Sometimes I top the mince with mashed potatoes and bake it. So, basically, Cottage Pie.
    My easy Savoury Mince recipe features ground beef and vegetables in a tasty gravy. It's very popular in Australia, and makes a great weeknight dinner.

    So there you have it, savory mince, all the way from Down Under. Oh, and in case you were wondering, that’s not a typo. It’s spelled “savoury” there!

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    Savoury Mince, on our Gypsy Plate… enjoy!

    Bowl of savoury mince over rice atop the Gypsy Plate.

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    Savoury Mince (Australian Ground Beef)

    Yield: 4-6 servings
    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 30 minutes
    Total Time: 40 minutes

    My easy Savoury Mince recipe features ground beef and vegetables in a tasty gravy. It's very popular in Australia, and makes a great weeknight dinner.


    • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
    • 1 small onion, diced
    • 6oz mushrooms, diced
    • 1 medium potato, diced
    • 3-4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
    • 1.5 pounds ground beef
    • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
    • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
    • 1.5 cups beef broth
    • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
    • 1 tsp dried thyme
    • 1 tsp dried oregano
    • 2 cups frozen mixed vegetables
    • salt, to taste
    • black pepper, to taste


    1. Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, mushroom and potatoes and sauté for 5 minutes. Add garlic and sauté for a minute.
    2. Add in ground beef and break it up with a spatula. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    3. Stir in flour and tomato paste and cook for 2 minutes.
    4. Add beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, thyme and oregano. Mix well and bring to a low simmer, cook for 10 minutes.
    5. Taste and adjust for salt and pepper. Add in frozen vegetables along with an additional ¼ cup water. Cook for 5 more minutes.
    6. Serve immediately with rice, bread, mashed potatoes or egg noodles.
    Nutrition Information
    Yield 6 Serving Size 1
    Amount Per Serving Calories 455Total Fat 25gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 13gCholesterol 101mgSodium 508mgCarbohydrates 22gFiber 5gSugar 5gProtein 35g

    Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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