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

Ingredients

  • 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

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 0 calories, 0g fat (0g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 0mg sodium, 0g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 0g fiber), 0g protein

Directions

  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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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."

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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!"

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Reviewed Feb. 18, 2016

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

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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?"

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Reviewed Dec. 3, 2015

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

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