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Traditional Scottish Mince & Tatties

Traditional Scottish mince and tatties is a hearty, easy weeknight dinner! It’s also a unique ground beef recipe when you want something a little different. Ground beef, homemade gravy, and root vegetables make this a hearty and satisfying meal for the entire family.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 6
Author Mary


For the Beef Mince & Gravy:

  • 1 lb. lean ground beef grass fed preferred
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 5 carrots chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced or pressed
  • 3 cups beef or chicken broth
  • 1 tsp white pepper
  • 1 homemade bouillon cube * optional
  • 2 tbsp. non-GMO cornstarch sub arrowroot for paleo, omit for keto
  • salt & pepper to taste

For the Potatoes:

  • 5-6 large potatoes, any variety cut into 2" cubes
  • 4 tbsp. butter
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • milk or chicken broth to thin the mash, if needed
  • salt & pepper to taste


  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, brown the beef mince (ground beef) with 1/2 tsp. salt. When the beef starts to release some of its juices, add the chopped onions and carrots and saute until onions are starting to look translucent. Add garlic and saute for an additonal minute. Add the frozen bouillon cube * , if using.

  2. While the beef and veggies are cooking, make the gravy. To a large mason jar, add chicken broth, cornstarch (or arrowroot powder), white pepper, salt, and pepper. Shake well to combine and pour into the skillet with beef and veggies.

  3. Stir gravy mixture and beef mixture together well, making sure to scrape any brown bits from the bottom of the pan.

  4. Turn the heat down to low or medium low, until mince and gravy starts to gently simmer. Place the lid on the skillet and allow to cook slowly for 30-40 minutes. This will help the beef get really tender and the gravy to thicken.

  5. While the mince & gravy simmers, make the mashed potatoes. Boil potatoes in a large pot of water until fork tender.

  6. Drain well. Add butter, sour cream, salt, and pepper to the potatoes and mash to desired consistency. If you like your mashed potatoes a bit thinner, add some milk or chicken stock until the potatoes reach the desired texture.

  7. Serve the beef mince over potatoes and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

* Here's the easy recipe for homemade bouillon cubes, made with leftover meat and veggies from homemade stock. However, using bouillon cubes in this recipe is optional.