Spicy Shepherd's Pie Recipe
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Spicy Shepherd's Pie Recipe

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Taco seasoning adds zip to this hearty main dish. It's easy to top with instant mashed potatoes, which I stir up while browning the beef. —Mary Malchow, Neenah, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:4-6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 4-6 servings


  • 1 package (6.6 ounces) instant mashed potatoes
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (11 ounces) Mexicorn, drained
  • 1 can (2-1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese, divided


  1. Prepare mashed potatoes according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add the tomatoes, corn, olives, taco seasoning, chili powder, salt and garlic powder. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes.
  2. Transfer to a greased 2-1/2-qt. baking dish. Top with 3/4 cup cheese. Spread mashed potatoes over the top; sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until cheese is melted. Yield: 4-6 servings.
Editor's Note: You may substitute 4-1/2 cups hot homemade mashed potatoes for the instant potatoes if desired.
Originally published as Spicy Shepherd's Pie in Quick Cooking September/October 1998, p21

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leades User ID: 2668727 264014
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2017

"I use Idahoan Instant Potatoes which is simply the best instant potatoes to my mind. To control the salt intake I use Ree Drummond's Homemade Taco Seasoning (via her site Pioneer Woman or Tasty Kitchen) cutting down as I see fit. I use no-salt tomatoes and a small can (8 oz.) no-salt corn. You might think you would miss the salt, but I have found that the flavor of the food really comes out when it isn't smothered in salt. Also I use more cheese than is called for. The more the merrier! Even better the next day.

Such a delicious recipe, and a complete meal with a salad!"

rkane User ID: 923393 260192
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2017

"Used 1 tsp chili powder, low sodium taco seasoning and 1/4 tsp salt. Otherwise made as written. I would definitely make again."

glitterchatter User ID: 2651232 244115
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2016

"I'm not sure why this highly-rated recipe didn't work. Wrong taco seasoning? Homemade mashed potatoes not thick enough? Too much sauce for the meat? Ugh. Sadly, it was a disaster for me."

jane428 User ID: 3835785 244105
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2016

"I thought it was a good recipe easy to make. I wouldn't use instant potatoes again, didn't like the taste of them!"

Alaska11vy User ID: 8691699 244099
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2016

"Great recipe and easy to make . This recipe is definitely a keeper ."

DonnaG201 User ID: 7206942 244013
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2016

"I'm going to try this recipe Sounds awesome. I do have a question and that is, would this keep well if I freeze part of this?"

cbojo1 User ID: 1000512 238663
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2015

"This is truly a 30 minute meal and the flavor was great. My family loved it."

kwcrouch User ID: 5605234 235301
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2015

"Made this for dinner last night and it was great! Very easy and yummy."

kimb0 User ID: 7108367 235042
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2015

"I've made this a couple of times with good results. Used instant garlic mashed potatoes--yummy!"

expeditus User ID: 3869607 234920
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2015

"Make your own mashed potatoes and taco seasoning mix and this is a great meal..different from regular shepherd's pie but still delicious."

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