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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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."

puzzlemad User ID: 3329799 221581
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2015

"This was really good & easy to make. A keeper."

MY REVIEW User ID: 92755 221292
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2015

"I got told by my son to put this in the regular recipe rotation! Easily made this with homemade mashed potatoes and left out the olives (because I don't care for them!) Great tasting as leftovers, too."

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