Cowboy Pie Recipe – Slimming World Friendly!

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This hearty Cowboy Pie recipe is made with beef, veggies, and baked beans, and topped with a herby potato mash. There’s a kick of chilli too making it a delicious winter warmer and real comfort food! It’s completely FREE when Food Optimising on Slimming World.

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Cowboy Pie Recipe

If you are one of the many people following the Slimming World (SW) plan and get stuck for what to cook for dinner, don’t worry, you’ve come to the right place!

This Cowboy Pie recipe is a twist on a Cottage Pie and really easy to make. Serve it with some veggies on the side.

It’s also a great meal prep recipe so you could make it on the weekend when you have more time and then reheat it a couple days later. Or why not double the batch and freeze one for later in the month?

You will need a large 2 litre oven-proof casserole dish to cook the pie in. The dish I used was about 30cm x 20cm (12″ x 8″). If you use one of a different size you may have to adjust the cooking time to ensure it is hot all the way through.

This recipe for Cowboy Pie serves 4 and is Free when Food Optimising.

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A dish of cowboy pie with a black serving spoon, red and white polka dot cloth and a bowl of greens.

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Recipe Tips

  • Instead of butter and milk to mash the potatoes, the recipe uses an egg yolk (for richness) and fat-free natural yogurt for adding creaminess.
  • If you are worried about using a raw egg, then you can leave that out.
  • You may find you need more or less yogurt as you mash your potatoes. Fat-free natural yogurt is Syn free, so you can use it without worry.
  • If you’re not a fan of the fresh herbs used in the potato topping, feel free to leave them out.
  • The red chilli flakes are optional – add more or less or none according to your personal taste.
  • The pie is suitable for home freezing. Cool to room temperature and cover tightly with foil and place in the freezer for up to 3 months. Defrost thoroughly
Cowboy Pie

Cowboy Pie

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Cowboy Pie has a spicy twist on a British classic - Cottage Pie, and can be prepped in advance too.


For the Topping

  • 750g potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 5 Tbsp fat-free natural yogurt
  • 25g fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 10g fresh chives, finely chopped
  • Salt & pepper

For the Filling

  • 500g lean beef mince (5% fat or less)
  • Low-calorie cooking spray
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 300g carrots, finely diced
  • 2 red bell peppers, deseeded and diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 beef stock cube
  • 3 Tbsp tomato purée
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried red chili flakes (optional)
  • 100ml hot water
  • 1 (400g) can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 (400g) can baked beans
  • 400g spring greens, shredded


  1. Boil the potatoes for 10-12 minutes or until tender. Drain well then mash with the egg yolk, yogurt, and herbs. Add salt and pepper to taste and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, to make the filling, dry-fry the mince in a large non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat until browned. Drain off any excess liquid then transfer to a plate. Cover to keep warm.
  3. Spray the pan with cooking spray and reduce heat to medium. Add the onion, carrots, peppers, and garlic and cook for 10 minutes until the vegetables have softened.
  4. Add the browned mince, crumble in a stock cube, and add the tomato purée, oregano, and chili flakes if using. Stir everything together to combine.
  5. Add the water, tomatoes and baked beans and simmer for 10 minutes.
  6. Preheat oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6
  7. Transfer the filling to a large (2 litre/2 quart) ovenproof dish and spread out evenly.
  8. Top with the mashed potato.
  9. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes or until the potato topping is golden brown.
  10. Steam or boil the greens for a couple of minutes, drain well and serve with the Cowboy Pie.


  • Slimming World Syns per serving: FREE when Food Optimising.
  • Suitable for home freezing. Cover the cooled pie and freeze for up to 3 months. Allow to defrost thoroughly before cooking.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 611Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 158mgSodium: 651mgCarbohydrates: 78gFiber: 13gSugar: 18gProtein: 52g

This site uses Nutritionix to provide estimated nutrition. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations. Nutritional information is always approximate and will depend on the quality of ingredients used and serving sizes.

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