Spicy Shepherd’s Pie
Total TimePrep/Total Time: 30 min.
- 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 shredded cheddar cheese, divided
- 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.
- 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.
Editor's NoteYou may substitute 4-1/2 cups hot homemade mashed potatoes for the instant potatoes if desired.
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Nov 11, 2018
Relax Ian, it is just a recipe. My family loved it as written. The only change I made was to use a homemade taco seasoning. I would definitely make it again.
Oct 30, 2018
This was very tasty. I usually find most Shepherds Pies rather bland tasting, so this was a pleasant surprise!
Mar 13, 2018
"This should not be called a Shepherds Pie ... a Shepherds Pie is made with Lamb ... hence the name SHEPHERD This is sacrilege & an insult to the Irish"
Mar 12, 2018
Will be making this again this St. Patrick's Day. Staying true to my roots, I always use ground lamb. Well, because....it is called Shepherd's Pie you know! Only other change is I omit the Taco Seasoning. It just never felt right for this traditional Irish dish. My Grandmother would never allow us to eat Corned Beef while she was alive. So Shepherd's Pie was the way to go. She always said 'it was just to Orange for an Irishman to eat'. Her sentiments ran deep as she live through 'The Troubles' before coming to the USA from County Cork.
Jan 11, 2018
I would love to try this but would like to make it with chicken or turkey. Has anyone made it that way?
Dec 21, 2017
Loved it! I omitted the olives, added a couple of teaspoons of ground cumin, used frozen corn and real mashed potatoes. Next time - and there will be a next time - I might use pepper jack cheese for a little kick.
Mar 28, 2017
I use Idahoan Instant Potatoes which is simply the best instant potatoes to my mind. To control the salt intake I use Ree Drummond's Homemade Taco Seasoning (via her site Pioneer Woman or Tasty Kitchen) cutting down as I see fit. I use no-salt tomatoes and a small can (8 oz.) no-salt corn. You might think you would miss the salt, but I have found that the flavor of the food really comes out when it isn't smothered in salt. Also I use more cheese than is called for. The more the merrier! Even better the next day.Such a delicious recipe, and a complete meal with a salad!
Jan 24, 2017
Used 1 tsp chili powder, low sodium taco seasoning and 1/4 tsp salt. Otherwise made as written. I would definitely make again.
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.
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!