This BBQ Chili Shepherd’s Pie is a fun twist on an old favorite! Classic chili with peas and carrots is topped with creamy mashed potatoes and cheddar cheese — it’s easy to make ahead! Includes how to recipe video
Post and photos updated from June 24, 2014
One of my favourite ways to create new recipes is to think of classic recipes that we all know and love, and come up with different ways to reinvent them.
I thought about how I incorporated a BBQ chili flavour in this lasagna, and the BBQ, beef and mashed potato thing that was going on in this Twice-Baked Potato Pie (<– an oldie!), and I wanted to incorporate the same flavours in a Shepherd’s Pie (since you know we’re big fans of Shepherd’s Pie!)
You can pack so many veggies into this dish — you could even add more than what is listed (mushrooms, kale, spinach, etc.), and the BBQ chili flavour masks them completely.
I do this for my own good.
As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not a big fan of vegetables — you will often see me hiding them in my own food.
But if you combine them with barbecue sauce and top with mashed potatoes and cheese, there’s a pretty good chance I’m going to eat them anyway. My toddler, on the other hand, would pick out the vegetables because she wanted to eat only the veg.
Another thing I love about this dish is that it’s so easy to make ahead: you can prepare everything up to the point of baking, cover it and stick it in the fridge for a day or two until you’re ready for dinner. This is perfect for busy weeknights or entertaining on the weekend when you just want to actually relax with your guests!
- The recipe is naturally gluten free — but be sure to check all of the labels on all of your ingredients to be sure.
- The recipe can easily be made vegetarian, if you skip the beef and substitute with mushrooms or additional veggies of your choice.
- The recipe can easily be made dairy free if you skip the cheese or use a dairy free cheese option and mash only with vegetable broth or dairy free milk.
See how easy it is to make!
- 6 large potatoes, diced small
- ½-3/4 cup milk
- ¼ tsp minced garlic
- 1 tsp chicken bouillon
- 1 lb lean ground beef
- ½ medium onion
- 1 cup very finely diced carrots (or shredded)
- 1 stalk celery, very finely diced
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp minced garlic
- a pinch of pepper
- 1½ tbsp chili powder
- 1 cup frozen peas
- 1 cup frozen corn
- 1 546ml can kidney beans, rinsed
- 1 cup barbecue sauce
- 2-3 tbsp brown sugar, optional and to taste
- ½ -1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- Start potatoes boiling in a large pot of salted water.
- Meanwhile, combine beef, onion, carrots, celery, salt, garlic, pepper, chili powder in a large pan and brown over medium-high heat. Once browned, cover and cook over medium heat (stirring occasionally), for 10-15 minutes until veg are cooked.
- Drain potatoes and mash with milk, garlic and bouillon (I use the food processor for this so they're nice and smooth). Set aside.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. (*if baking right away)
- To the beef, add peas, corn kidney beans, barbecue sauce and brown sugar (optional). Cook another 5 minutes until vegetables are warmed through.
- To a 3qt casserole dish or a 9x13" pan, add the beef mixture. Top with mashed potatoes. Bake 20 minutes or until heated through. Top with cheese and broil 2-3 minutes, watching closely, until cheese is melted and lightly browned.
*Nutrition information is estimated and will vary depending on exact serving size, types and brands of products used.