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Taco Shepherd's Pie Recipe

Taco Shepherd's Pie Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece equals 696 calories, 37 g fat (20 g saturated fat), 125 mg cholesterol, 1,138 mg sodium, 59 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 34 g protein.