• 1 onion, chopped
  • 400g lean beef mince
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • ¼ tsp chilli flakes
  • 420g can Wattie's Condensed Tomato Soup
  • 400g can Wattie's Red Kidney Beans in Springwater, drained
  • 50g low fat cheddar, grated
  • 800g potatoes, peeled and cut into pieces
  1. Heat a dash of oil in a deep frying pan. Add onion and cook over medium heat until beginning to soften. Increase the heat and add mince and garlic. Stir fry to brown meat, breaking up mince with a fork if necessary.
  2. Stir in cumin, coriander and chilli flakes. Pour over Wattie’s Condensed Tomato Soup and add ½ cup of water. Stir in Wattie’s Red Kidney Beans. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes until mince is cooked and sauce reduced.
  3. Preheat oven to 200°C. Spoon cooked mince and beans into an ovenproof dish. Sprinkle over grated cheese. Top with Mashed potato. Bake for 20-25 minutes until potato topping is golden and filling hot. Serve with your favourite green vegetables on the side.

Mashed Potatoes

  1. Cook potatoes in boiling lightly salted water for 15-20 minutes until tender. Drain well. Mash. Mix through a knob of butter and approx 2 tablespoons milk until smooth and creamy.

Made With

Red Kidney Beans

Red kidney beans are a convenient way to make your meat dishes go further. Add them to mince recipes, soups, stews and casseroles to make the meal go further, whilst also bumping up the protein and dietary fibre. 

Rate and Review

95 Ratings

Reviews (95)

Diane's Rating
Peter's Review | Rating

Really enjoyed it. I'm not into cumin so I used a teaspoon of garlic powder plus the juice out of half inch of fresh ginger. And for the top I used mashed carrots as well potatoes.

Trish's Review | Rating

This was so nice and the beans made for a different cottage pie very tasty and would are again.

Gerald's Review | Rating

My wife insists this was the best meal she has ever had. I did substitute the mashed potatoes from cooking and used a bag of frozen potato balls. I am trying to use up materials in the freezer that have been ignored. Next time I will make the mashed potatoes from scratch. You can bet I will be making this treat many times . It was so easy and quick to make as well. Gerry Davis

nicola's Review | Rating

Great weeknite meal

Judy's Review | Rating

A really yummy twist on an old classic. Thank you.

Diane's Review | Rating

Most tasty and economical meal for the whole family. Highly recommend it.

julia's Review | Rating

Great way of spicing up an old family favourite. Nice hearty meal with extra veggies.

Pat's Review | Rating

A nice easy recipe with the ability to improvise to suit all tastes.

Sarah's Review | Rating

A good hearty meal and it tasted great, love the different take on the traditional cottage pie. I did change the potato mash to kumara though just for personal preference

kristy's Review | Rating

Delicious and the kids didn't even notice the extra goodness!!!

Janet's Review | Rating

Very tasty and easy to cook.

Niki's Review | Rating

Everyone in the family enjoyed it and it was easy to make

Dorothy's Review | Rating

really looking forward to trying this recipe

Jess's Review | Rating


Maureen's Review | Rating

This is such a nice change from ordinary old cottage pie. Easy to freeze too as too much for one.

Mary's Review | Rating

Looks simply mouth watering.

Jenni's Review | Rating

I love Cottage Pies and this Mexican version is great ..the red kidney beans and the cumin goes well with the mince beef ...the condensed tomato soup makes it rich in colour .. and the low fat cheddar cheese is good for my diet ..hoping to lose weight but not the flavour !!

Judith's Review | Rating

This dish was tasty, quick and popular. I will definitely do this again.

jamie's Review | Rating

it was a good dish but me personally would not put beans in a cottage pie

Eileen's Review | Rating

As i am disabled my husband is now the cook and he found this recipe easy to prepare and cook.. It was really great flavour and we both enjoyed it and will be cooked again which is surprising as my husband was not a fan of red kidney beans,

Melanie's Review | Rating

Good hearty winter meal for those cold nights with ingredients that are easy to source

Michelle's Review | Rating

The whole family really enjoyed this meal and adding the beans put a nice twist on what has been a good family staple, especially during winter!

Paul's Review | Rating

Is a tasty and easy recipe to make. Will be making it again.

Daphne Teresa's Review | Rating

Great recipe. What I done was used Potatoes and Kumara, then sprinkled ordinary cheddar cheese over the top. I'm not a fan of low fat cheese it doesn't taste the same. . This recipe can be used in so many ways, and I thank you for giving me the opportunity to try this recipe, by the way loved the Red Kidney Beans they put flavour in this old recipe.

Vicki's Review | Rating

Good family meal, could add extra vegetables e.g. carrots and peas in the mince mixture, and mashed kumara on top.

Garry's Review | Rating

A very filling meal, easy and quick to prepare, intend spicing up a tad more.

Chris's Review | Rating

I find this recipe tasty, nourishing with red kidney beans & potato. Versatile with left overs using wraps, pita bread & for a meal the next day. I've used venison mince, very tasty I must admit.

june's Review | Rating

A new twist on an old family favorite makingring it up to date and fresh

nicole's Review | Rating

i love cooking this its the best my fav i give 5 stars yummy

Katherine's Review | Rating

Easy meal that my kids love

Sara's Rating
Jean's Review | Rating

A nice healthy, nourishing dish for winter

Shuna's Review | Rating

Delicious and very filling variation on traditional cottage pie. Very tasty. A good way to make the meat go further when feeding a larger family.

Rebecca's Review | Rating

A great make ahead recipe that is handy to make in the morning and heat up at the end of a busy day.

brent's Review | Rating

Family all enjoyed it!!

Jean's Review | Rating

This is a simple recipe with lots of taste - great for making family dishes go that little further and knowing its healthy.

Denyse's Review | Rating

Very yummy and great way to make pie more filling with the beans and to be good for you too.

Carole's Review | Rating

I enjoyed this recipe, but for my taste a would add either Chilli Beans or more chilli powder

Alan's Review | Rating

awesome tasty

Robyn's Review | Rating

Yummy new version of the traditional Cottage Pie, packed full of fibre and filling!

Eliza's Review | Rating

the kidney beans are easy to use in this recipe as they are well cooked but yet still retain the shapes in the sauce. It's very convenient to just open the can and drain to use the beans in a weekday to make ta quick yet healthy and tasty dinner. A big thumb up to this product.

Joanne's Review | Rating

A great version of the traditional potato top pie, great for a weekend snack

sheila's Review | Rating

Shepards pie is my favourite. This added a great twist. I also swapped the mash for Kumera Mash. Added a bit of sweetness too.

Arthur's Review | Rating

Economical and quick, and gave the old shepherds pie a nudge in the right direction!
Will be doing it again.

Angela's Review | Rating

Superb! Very easy to make and yummy to eat.

Ginetta's Review | Rating

This is deliciously tasty and the grandchildren enjoyed helping and found it delicious to eat.

David's Review | Rating

Awesome and an easy recipe to follow and delicious

Bryan's Review | Rating

Very easy and straightforward to prepare and a very tasty meat-free dish. I added some frozen stir-fry mix veges the second time I made it and I will definitely use them again.

Irene's Review | Rating

Simple but tasty, huge hit with the teens, can be made ahead of time and reheated. Definitely making this again.

Heather's Review | Rating

This was quick and easy to make, the Grandchildren loved it and Hubby came back for seconds, will make this again as there was no fuss at the dinner table

Gerald's Review | Rating

I found Wattie's Mexican Beef and Beans Cottage Pie a very rounded nutritious meal and the mashed potato top just kept telling me, more,more,more.All the ingredients worked well together esp Wattie's Red kidney beans yummmmmmmmmmmy.

Kim's Review | Rating

Thanks for the tin of beans. Cooked the recipe tonight and my husband and I really enjoyed it. Kids struggled a bit with the beans, but they are fussy eaters.

Gerald's Review | Rating

Loved this recipe, very tasteful and easy to prepare. My wife also loved it. I am 80 and just beginning to take over all cooking so easy and tasteful is important

Wendy's Review | Rating

This is a tasty winter dish that all the family love! Great recipe :)

Robyn's Review | Rating

The beans and tomato soup make this a delicious twist of an old classic . I will certainly be making this recipe over and over. Loved by all

merle's Review | Rating

Great meal. Everyone enjoyed it. Will definitely make it again.

James's Review | Rating

I made the cottage pie with a couple of small variations. I used the 4 bean mix instead of the red kidney beans. The change worked well for our family. I also had a tin of Watties Very Special creamy tomato soup in the cupboard so put half of this into the recipe. I had the rest for my lunch. I loved the idea of putting the cheese on top of the mince before the mashed potatoes. I'd always put the cheese on top but this menu worked really well. A good recipe for a family and it was well received by us all. Thanks for that.

Jan's Review | Rating

very tasty - a good heart warming meal for a cold night

JEAN's Review | Rating

Simple to make, very tasty and a complete meal in 1 dish, some greens or salad and a great make in advance meal

Chantelle's Review | Rating

I made this with the kidney beans received. I found it super easy and delicious and a new take on the shephards pie im familiar with. Defs will make this again

michael's Review | Rating

yummm I used tasty cheese

Trevor's Review | Rating

Tried this last night and it was easy to make and delicious

Jean's Review | Rating

Cooked this for our teenage grandkids and they loved it! So will definitely be making it again.

Willy's Review | Rating

REALLY TASTY! will be a regular

Janet's Review | Rating

Great weekend meal

Rachel's Review | Rating

My family loved this dish and it was very easy to make.

Diane's Review | Rating

Great standby for a group

Ruth's Review | Rating

A few subtle changes enhanced an old favourite

Imelda's Review | Rating

Yum! A delicious ,filling recipe! Great comfort food! And it helps stretch the budget!

Maureen's Review | Rating

Loved the Mexican Beef and Beans cottage pie. I usually do Mexican Beans Stirfry with mince but loved the Cottage Pie version :-)

Natalie's Review | Rating

Sounds delicious and easy to make.

Gail's Review | Rating

So quick and easy to make. Very flavoursome and great for a weeknight when the kids come home from sports.

Derek's Review | Rating

Easy tasty quick to prepare for dinner will become a regular in our house

Patricia's Review | Rating

Added an extra zing to a favourite winter meal!

Nalda's Review | Rating

Fantastic healthy food for our family, easy to make and so so tasty!

Manja's Review | Rating

Nutritious and tasty dish. Did not have condensed tomato soup, but substituted it with a can of tomatoes in puree. Versatile, good basic dish that you can add your favourite touches too. Next time, I will add corn kernels or other veges, so it becomes a one dish wonder. Thanks for a good family dish!

Gail's Review | Rating

Cottage pie was yummy. I added some mixed Veges and changed the potatoes topping for cauliflower mash and everyone enjoyed it. Will definitely make it again

Jenny's Review | Rating

Easy recipe to make and wasn't too spicy but did have a little 'bite' to it - even my 84 yr old mother enjoyed it. Had enough for 2 and half meals for us, so will definitely make again!!

heather's Review | Rating

This Wattie's Mexican Beef and Beans Cottage Pie is a winner! We loved the extra pzazz with the spices. Cheese under the mashed potato was a pleasant surprise. Will definitely be making this again. I took some photos - felt like a real food photographer! Let me know if you want me to send some in :) Thanks!!

Cheryll's Review | Rating

An easy recipe to make and very tasty. Will be making it again.

Bronwyn's Review | Rating

An interesting variation to a family favourite. The spices were not overpowering and added richness to the mix. The red kidney beans were a hit, boosting the texture of the mince, making a very satisfying, while economical, meal. Served with Watties choice cut green beans, this meal is on my list of quick, easy, inexpensive meals. Top marks from me!

Paula's Review | Rating

This was a fairly easy recipe to pull together. Possibly a little more intense flavours that I'm use to - but ingredients felt reasonably healthy and I would make this recipe again.

leonardus's Review | Rating

This dish was tasty, quick and popular. I will definitely do this again.

Suma's Review | Rating

Really hearty winter dish, wil try this again

Sally's Review | Rating

Family loved this recipe and the beans make it go further. Would definitely make again. I used 1/2 potato and 1/2 kumara for the mash on top for a sweeter flavour.

Margaret's Review | Rating

I loved it, easy, tasty, nutritious, , good size, no complicated ingredients

Stephnie's Review | Rating

I found this meal to be great for the whole family. Although I did through in some extra vegetables into the mince mixture and used a kumara mash on top instead of potato. Good way to get plenty of veges into the kids : )

PJ's Review | Rating

We enjoyed this variety of Cottage Pie, very tasty.

Leanne's Review | Rating

Great way to bulk out Cottage Pie and a great way to sneak another vegetable into a meal.

Rachel's Review | Rating

This is absolutly delicious. My whole family enjoy it, even the man of the house eats this. Its very rarely that everyone in my house eats the same meal due to different tastes but this was a hit! And so full of flavour and family friendly.

coralie's Rating
Aimee's Review | Rating

Looks yummy, am trying to find new things for. Master 3 to try.

Tami's Review | Rating

A oldie but a goodie, cant wat to make this

jackie's Review | Rating

One of my favourite meals and even better the next day if any leftover yum.