This Cowboy Pie is a meal Stuart really enjoys so when I made it for him the other day I thought I would try and take some photos and share the recipe I used with you guys. I hope you try it and enjoy it too.

Just Average Jen is an independent blog and in no way connected with any weight loss plan and no contributors have been trained by them or worked for them. It is the reader’s responsibility to check Slimming World syn values, WW points and any other allowances themselves as those given are approximate.

Healthy Lunches

If you are eating healthily then you may have difficulty in finding lunches for work. If you have a microwave there is no reason you can’t take this cowboy pie for your lunch.

This is just one of many amazing lunch ideas I have found so do check out my other recipes for more ideas.

If you take lunch then you are so much less likely to buy food which inevitably will be less healthy. Taking a variety of food throughout the week to work keeps your lunchtimes interesting and stops you from getting bored.

Even if, like me, you work alone at home it can make such a difference having your food already prepared for you. Why not give it a go and make sure you build a variety of lunches into your weekly meal plan.

raw mince
Raw mince

Why you need vegetables to lose weight

Everyone knows vegetables are good for you, don’t they? They are healthy and filling for very few calories!

The best vegetables are those with low-calorie density. Basically, we are talking about healthier vegetables – potatoes don’t count but butternut squash is much healthier for example!

This means if you eat 100g of spinach, for example, it is just 23 calories and obviously, 100g of anything would fill you up significantly. On the other hand, 100g of crisps, which would be just as filling, is around 536 calories!

Find more tips about the best vegetables for weight loss.

Comfort eating

It is easy when you are trying to lose weight to fall into the trap of comfort eating when you are feeling down. a filling comforting meal like this cowboy pie could be perfect on a down day.

Finding healthier snack alternatives can help you avoid weight gain. You do not need to just snack on fruit and vegetables to be healthy there are so many other alternatives.

If you find that you are regularly feeling down and snacking then maybe you need to address this as possible depression and consider seeing your GP. We all have struggles every now and then so it really isn’t something to be ashamed of.

Another option instead of eating at all could be to find something else to do instead of eating when you are feeling down. Give it some thought and see if you can come up with any strategies to help yourself.

For more recipes that use mince check out my mince recipe guide.

raw mince
Raw mince

More recipes you may enjoy if you like this cowboy pie

This is just one of many recipes you can make with mince. Check out all my mince based recipes here. Why not try my cowboy cheesy potato bake which is really similar to this cowboy pie!

This is a great budget meal to make on Slimming World, you can find lots more here.

Moroccan meatballs
Moroccan meatballs

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Cowboy pie

Cowboy Pie Slimming World friendly recipe

  • Author: JustAverageJen
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 Minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Portions 1x
  • Category: Main meal
  • Method: Oven and hob
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Low Calorie


This delicious cowboy pie recipe is perfect for all the family and easy to make. It can be syn free on Slimming World if you use cheese for your Healthy Extra.



Low Calorie Cooking Spray

300 grams 5% Fat Mince Beef or Quorn mince

400 grams Baked Beans

4 large Peppers (deseeded and diced)

2 large Red Onions (diced)

4 large Baking Potatoes (peeled and cut into chunks)

3 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce or Hendersons relish

2 tablespoons Tomato Puree

280 grams Eatlean Protein Cheese (Grated)

2 cloves Garlic (crushed)

400 grams Can of Chopped Tomatoes


Preheat the oven to 200°c

Boil the potatoes for approximately 15-20 minutes until soft enough to mash.

Meanwhile in a large frying pan using low calorie cooking spray fry the mince with the garlic until lightly brown

Add the peppers and onions and fry for a further 5 minutes.

Add the tomato puree, chopped tomatoes, baked beans and Worcestershire sauce or Hendersons relish. Stir well and allow to simmer for a further 10 minutes.

Whilst the mince mixture is simmering, drain the potatoes and mash well then stir in the grated cheese. I often use my Masha as it makes mashing potatoes so easy!

Pour the mince mixture into a large casserole dish and top with the mashed potato. If the dish is very full put it onto a baking tray as it can easily bubble over and make a mess in the oven if not!

Bake for 30-40 minutes until top is golden brown.


Please note that as at present 70g of EatLean protein cheese is a healthy extra a choice therefor this recipe if serving 4 makes it syn free when using the healthy extra a choice. If you swap to another cheese this will not apply unless you also adjust the amounts of cheese to reflect the appropriate healthy extra allowances. Slimming World syns and healthy extra allowances are always subject to change. Please remember to check your app or with your consultant for current syn values and allowances.

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  1. Really good. I threw in a handful of red lentils with my quorn mince too. Henderson’s relish was definitely a great buy – took a while to track it down in the south though!

  2. This looks good. Reminds me of Sheppard’s Pie but with a bunch of extras. I’ll have to try this sometime. Thanks for sharing.