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Spicy Shepherd's Pie Recipe

Spicy Shepherd's Pie Recipe

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. YIELD: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.

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leades User ID: 2668727 264014
Reviewed 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!"

rkane User ID: 923393 260192
Reviewed 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."

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."

[email protected] 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."

murrell006 User ID: 2357453 48585
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2014 Edited Oct. 14, 2015

"Hey we love this recipe.I just substitute leftover mashed potatoes and use a home made taco seasoning mix. It's not a hard substitute and it turns out great!"

Randi_Evans User ID: 6448191 47642
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2014 Edited Oct. 14, 2015

"This is GREAT!"

Rburnett14 User ID: 7845048 23978
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2014

"My family and I tried this recipe last night. We have a few picky eaters, and it was a favorite with even the pickiest eater. It is definitely one of my new favorite recipes; although, I omitted the olives. It was a great recipe and very easy! I would recommend to anyone!"

vshea User ID: 7462626 83153
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2014

"I was very skeptical when I first saw this recipe. It was absolutely incredible!! The only thing I did different was omit the chili powder because I was concerned it would be too spicy with the taco seasoning. Next time I will try adding it. But, even if you don't like the chili powder, it's a really good recipe that will now become a regular in our house!!"

Airdriegirl User ID: 7650873 52937
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2014

"Hubby loves this meal. I use home made mashed potatoes and regular canned for frozen corn and omit the olives. That keeps the kids happy. This recipe is a nice change from regular shepherd's pie."

ttkoller User ID: 7483388 48583
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2013

"This is so easy to make and one of my husband's favorite meals."

Shoes58 User ID: 2519954 202794
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2013

"easy enough but kind of boring. maybe add some beans or some mushrooms for more texture."

Igraine32 User ID: 7006585 52934
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2013

"Delicious! Not that spicy. No complaints from my 5 yr. Old"

acooley1 User ID: 62623 23226
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2012

"My husband and I both loved this recipe! It was a breeze to put together and tasted great. easy and tasty comfort food."

pdmgeg User ID: 5617006 59922
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2010

"I have been making this dish since it first came out in the magazine. Our family loves it! easy and delicious."

dreamgirlut User ID: 2062217 30016
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2010

"My family loves this dish. The spices and olives kick it up a notch. I like to add green beans to the mix as well!"

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