Southwestern Shepherd’s Pie
Total TimePrep: 35 min. Bake: 25 min.
Makes2 casseroles (7 servings each)
- 3 pounds ground beef
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 2 cans (10 ounces each) enchilada sauce
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons chopped chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 2-1/2 cups water
- 2 cups whole milk
- 1/3 cup butter, cubed
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 4 cups mashed potato flakes
- 2 cans (4 ounces each) chopped green chiles, undrained
- 2 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend, divided
- 2 cans (11 ounces each) Mexicorn, drained
- 2/3 cup chopped green onions
- In a Dutch oven, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add the enchilada sauce, flour, chipotle peppers, cumin and oregano; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, combine the water, milk, butter and salt; bring to a boil. Remove from the heat. Stir in potato flakes until combined. Add chiles and 1/2 cup cheese.
- Transfer meat mixture to 2 greased 11x7-in. baking dishes. Layer with corn, mashed potato mixture and remaining cheese. Sprinkle with green onions. Cover and freeze 1 casserole for up to 3 months.
- Cover and bake the remaining casserole at 375° for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake 5-10 minutes longer or until bubbly. Sprinkle with paprika.
Freeze option: Thaw casserole in the refrigerator overnight. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking.
- Cover and bake at 375° for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake until bubbly, or until a thermometer inserted in center reads 165°, 15-20 minutes longer. Sprinkle with paprika.
Nutrition Facts1 cup: 399 calories, 20g fat (11g saturated fat), 77mg cholesterol, 973mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 3g fiber), 26g protein.
Feb 22, 2020
I prepared this recipe tonight for my family. It was a hit all around. This southwestern shepherds pie is absolutely fabulous! I mixed red and green enchilada sauce as my family likes it better than all red sauce. Otherwise I made no alterations. Try it! You will not be disappointed.
Feb 22, 2019
Hi Jenn - your enchilada sauce idea is great but what is in it? I had to laugh when I saw 2 cups of cups (i've made that kind of typo...) And what kind of frozen peppers? Do you just blend ingredients together? Help please.
Feb 8, 2019
This has been a family favorite for awhile. I now make my own enchilada sauce. Use 2 cups of cups with 1/2 cup frozen peppers (I always keep on hand.) Lastly, an Idaho girl can't use instant potatoes and is the equivalent of 8-12 medium mashed potatoes.
May 2, 2013
This recipe is such a winner and is now in the files as a family "fav" I use instant mashed potatoes to reduce prep time and it hasn't affected in the least the kudos received when I serve this....yummy!
Feb 14, 2013
It was wonderful.... it was pretty spicy, so I would just delete the abodo chili peppers... then it would be just fine....
Jan 9, 2012
I have to admit, I was a little hesitant on the flavors of this one, but it was delicious. Everyone in the family enjoyed it and I love that I have an extra in the freezer for a busy day. I am definately going to try the suggestion of the cornbread topping for next time.
Sep 7, 2011
Made this recipe many times. Love it, but I use a cornbread topping instead of Potatoes. The taste goes better and the cornbread soaks up some of the heat of the peppers.
Mar 9, 2011
Surprisingly so good! I took a frozen one to a family member who had just had a baby and her fam loved as well.
Sep 17, 2010
I am looking for recipes to freeze for my son to take to college. I think he will love this one.
Aug 16, 2010
This was very good... I only used one can of chilies and one teaspoon of the chipotle pepper for fear it would be too hot for my kids, and I used an extra cup of cheese cause we like things extra cheesy! So excited to have the extra casserole in the freezer - I don't get to do that very often because I don't have an extra freezer so there's never enough room. Thanks!