Rating: 4.3 stars
23 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0

Great shepherd's pie with a kick. It's prepared with a blend of Mexican spices. Adjust seasonings according to your personal taste. You can also spice up the mashed potatoes if you like.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
50 mins
total:
1 hr 5 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
1 casserole
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Coat a 9 inch square baking dish with cooking spray.

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  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add potatoes and cook until tender enough to pierce with a fork; drain. Mash by hand using a potato masher or sturdy whisk. Mix in butter, milk, garlic powder, and salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.

  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions; cook and stir until softened, 8 to 10 minutes. Add garlic and ground beef and cook until meat loses its pink color. Season with seasoned salt and taco seasoning. Add peas and corn and stir until blended.

  • Pour beef and vegetable mixture into prepared baking dish. Cover with mashed potatoes.

  • Bake in preheated oven until potatoes are golden and beef and vegetable mixture is hot and bubbly, 30 to 35 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

425 calories; protein 20.9g; carbohydrates 51.7g; fat 15.9g; cholesterol 57mg; sodium 832.1mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (17)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/05/2008
After making this recipe as described, I thought it was good, but made a few adjustments to make it great. 1) Instead of the pea/corn mixture, I buy a frozen vegetable package called "latino blend." This package contains corn, black beans, tomatoes and green peppers, which add more body to the dish and makes it more Mexican. (If you can't find it in your freezer aisle, then I would use frozen corn and two cans of black beans instead. The peas just didn't blend well with the other ingredients.) 2)I have yet to find a decent packaged taco seasoning, so I just make my own: salt, pepper, garlic powder, chili powder, paprika, cumin, a touch of cinnamon (or allspice) and red pepper flakes if I want some heat (amounts depend on your own taste preferences). 3) For the potatoes, perhaps this goes without writing, but I pour the mashed potatoes on top and then spread evenly with a knife, otherwise, some sections will be thicker than others. 4) Finally, place the pan on a tray. The pie won't boil over or anything, but it is heavy and just makes it easier to place in and out of the oven. The dish does take time, but while the pie is cooking I make a simple side salad and the overall effect is a great winter, comfort meal far better than any meatloaf. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/03/2014
I reduced the salt quantities by nearly 50%. Read More
23 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
02/05/2008
After making this recipe as described, I thought it was good, but made a few adjustments to make it great. 1) Instead of the pea/corn mixture, I buy a frozen vegetable package called "latino blend." This package contains corn, black beans, tomatoes and green peppers, which add more body to the dish and makes it more Mexican. (If you can't find it in your freezer aisle, then I would use frozen corn and two cans of black beans instead. The peas just didn't blend well with the other ingredients.) 2)I have yet to find a decent packaged taco seasoning, so I just make my own: salt, pepper, garlic powder, chili powder, paprika, cumin, a touch of cinnamon (or allspice) and red pepper flakes if I want some heat (amounts depend on your own taste preferences). 3) For the potatoes, perhaps this goes without writing, but I pour the mashed potatoes on top and then spread evenly with a knife, otherwise, some sections will be thicker than others. 4) Finally, place the pan on a tray. The pie won't boil over or anything, but it is heavy and just makes it easier to place in and out of the oven. The dish does take time, but while the pie is cooking I make a simple side salad and the overall effect is a great winter, comfort meal far better than any meatloaf. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
(32)
Rating: 4 stars
12/27/2008
Very good. I did take the suggestion of another reviewer, however, and used black beans instead of the peas, and sour cream instead of the milk, for a more Mexican flair. Add just enough milk after mixing the mashed potatoes and sour cream to make it more spreadable, then top the beef mixture. In the last 5 min. of baking, I removed the casserole from the oven, and while it heated up to Broil, I brushed some melted butter over the top of the mashed potatoes and topped this with some shredded tex-mex cheese. Then, under the broiler until lightly browned. This gave it a slightly more crusty top, which appealed to my family. I made up a batch of the "Taco Seasoning I" recipe for use in this. Read More
(19)
Rating: 4 stars
09/03/2009
I liked this more than classic shepherd's pie - it was tastier and more interesting. I made a few changes. I halved the peas and corn, added a can of kidney beans, doubled the taco seasoning and left out the spicy salt and put grated cheddar cheese on top of the mashed potato (strongly recommended!). Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/20/2007
I made this vegetarian by substituting fake meat and a can of baked beans for the meat. Also my husband sprinkled the top of the mashed potatoes with corn chip pieces to give it some crunch. It was excellent! Read More
(4)
Rating: 4 stars
11/09/2008
I used black beans instead of peas and sprinkled cheese on top. I used regular seasoned salt which was fine but it would have been better had the dish been more spicy...maybe crushed red pepper flakes would have been good. Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
07/05/2011
I didn't have any potatoes so I topped it with cornbread batter mixed with cheese and chopped fresh jalapenos and left out the peas. The gang loved it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/12/2008
My family really liked this recipe. This was my first attempt at making Shepherd's pie and I liked flavoring the meat with taco seasoning. I might add more seasoning next time. I cut back on the amount of garlic cloves though. Read More
(3)
Rating: 5 stars
12/09/2009
I've tried this recipe as directed and switching the veggies to the "Mexicana blend" (corn chopped onions peppers and tomatoes with black beans). I've used mashed potatoes and rosemary garlic mashed potatoes. A nice seasoning blend from the original! Read More
(2)
Rating: 5 stars
01/14/2012
Added black beans skipped the peas and added some enchilada sauce to the meat mixture. Spiced up the mashed potatoes by mixing in a little salsa. My family loved it! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/03/2014
I reduced the salt quantities by nearly 50%. Read More