Slow Cooker Cottage Pie

Cottage Pie from scratch. My Mum’s recipe that I have adapted for the Slow Cooker.

Submitted by Melissa McClelland

Slow Cooker Cottage Pie

Cottage Pie from scratch. My Mum's recipe that I have adapted for the Slow Cooker.
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Serving: 8
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 20 minutes



  • 3 medium onions
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1kg beef mince
  • 4 cans tomatoes diced
  • 6 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 2 tsp oregano and thyme
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 grated carrot
  • 2 grated zucchini
  • 12 mushrooms
  • 2 cup frozen peas
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 can kidney beans


  • 10-12 potatoes (depending on size)
  • 3-4 tbls butter to suit taste
  • 1/2 milk
  • salt & pepper
  • handful of grated cheese to melt on top


  • (Please Note: You can decide if you like to brown mince or not. I like to so this is how I do it. If you don’t just add all ingredients to slow cooker except kidney beans till last hour.)
  • 1. Add potatoes to slow cooker and cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6 hours.
  • 2. In a frypan, fry onion and garlic for 1-2 minutes, add mince and brown.
  • 3. Add can tomatoes and paste, add all herbs, add vegies, salt and pepper and water.
  • 4. Transfer to slow cooker and cook on low for 6 hours or high for 3 hours depending on how hot your slow cooker cooks, you may need longer or shorter cooking time. Add kidney beans in the last hour so they don’t go too mushy.
  • 5. Drain and return potatoes to slow cooker bowl. Mash potatoes with masher, add butter and mash thru. Add salt and pepper and milk, use a whisk to mix milk thru and fluff up the mash.
  • 6. Scoop mash over Meat in other slow cooker, use back of spoon to smooth out to cover whole dish.
  • 7. Sprinkle grated cheese over top and replace lid and continue heating until cheese has melted, took 10 minutes for my slow cooker.

4 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Cottage Pie”

  1. Hi, Yes we use 2 slow cookers to do this and yes – peel and cube potatoes, add to slow cooker or (saucepan on stove top), add enough water to cover potatoes.

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