Taco Shepherd's Pie Recipe
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Taco Shepherd's Pie Recipe

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Watch store flyers—when lean ground beef is on sale, you’ll want to stock up. This family-pleasing entree is one for the front of your recipe files! —Sandra Parker, Glen Burnie, Maryland
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 package (14.1 ounces) refrigerated pie pastry
  • 6 large potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 14 green onions, chopped (white portion only)
  • 1-1/4 cups water
  • 2 envelopes taco seasoning
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded pepper Jack cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 696 calories, 37g fat (20g saturated fat), 125mg cholesterol, 1138mg sodium, 59g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 3g fiber), 34g protein.


  1. Roll out pastry to fit two 9-in. deep-dish pie plates. Transfer pastry to pie plates; flute edges. Line unpricked pastry with a double thickness of heavy-duty foil. Fill with dried beans, uncooked rice or pie weights.
  2. Bake at 450° for 8 minutes. Remove foil and weights; bake 5 minutes longer. Cool on a wire rack.
  3. Place potatoes in a Dutch oven and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 15-20 minutes or until tender.
  4. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef and onions over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in water and taco seasoning. Bring to a boil; cook until liquid is evaporated. Spoon into pastry shells.
  5. Drain potatoes and place in a large bowl. Add the milk, butter, garlic powder, salt and pepper; mash until smooth. Spread over meat mixture.
  6. Sprinkle one pie with half of the cheeses. Cover and freeze for up to 3 months. Bake remaining pie, uncovered, at 350° for 35 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining cheeses. Bake 5-10 minutes longer or until heated through and cheese is melted.
  7. To use frozen pie: Thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Cover and bake at 350° for 1-1/2 hours. Uncover; bake 10-15 minutes longer or until heated through. Yield: 2 pies (6 servings each).
Editor's Note: Let pie weights cool before storing. Beans and rice may be reused for pie weights, but not for cooking.
Originally published as Taco Shepherd's Pie in Simple & Delicious August/September 2012, p18

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danielleylee User ID: 4484886 132335
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2013

"I made this for my husband tonight. I have been wanting to make it for a while. I cut this recipe in half since I have limited space in the freezer. I did use 93% lean ground beef and I didn't peel the potatoes too much work plus more fiber and nutrients from the skins. My husband said "good bold taco flavor and it is also a hearty meal because of the potatoes"."

Feen User ID: 1925557 184232
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2013

"Very good. I omitted the crust and used ground turkey. Added about a half cup of salsa to the meat mixture. Also layered a thinly sliced tomato between the potatoes and meat. I think I'd only make this when I already had leftover mashed potatoes, otherwise it would be more time/work than I'd like."

warrenbaker User ID: 6190128 192515
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2012

"Made this recipe last night. we love mexican food. And this will be in my recipe box as a keeper! We just loved this dish. Thank You for sharing your recipe. warrenbaker"

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