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Mexican Shepherd’s Pie

Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Servings 6 servings

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Because any meal a kid can eat with chips is a winner for sure.

mexican shepherd's pie in white round casserole dish with tortilla chips on the side

Actually, I like eating my meal with chips for utensils just as much (or more) than my kid does. It’s just fun, right? And you get to eat chips for supper!

As I’ve said only about a hundred times before, I like new spins on classic dishes. Everyone is a little more open-minded about trying something if they have some idea what it is.

mexican shepherd's pie with scoop of potatoes missing revealing filling

And especially if you serve chips with it.

And cover it with cheese.

I know I can convince myself to put a lot more veggies into a dish if I know those two things are guaranteed.

mexican shepherd's pie on a tortilla chip

Maybe you’ve noticed, but we’re big on comfort food around here. And mashed potatoes is a favourite, albeit one that doesn’t get made very often. But when you need something to cover those vegetables up with, mashed potatoes and cheese is the perfect thing.

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Mexican Shepherd’s Pie

This Mexican Shepherd’s Pie is a spicy twist on classic shepherd’s pie. 
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Servings 6 servings
Calories 445cal


  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 red pepper chopped
  • 1/2 medium onion chopped
  • 2 tsp taco seasoning to your tastes
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2-1 tsp salt to your tastes
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 1/2 cups salsa
  • 6 medium potatoes diced
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • salt to taste
  • 1 cup shredded cheese


  • In a large frying pan, fry beef, pepper, onion, taco seasoning, cumin and salt until beef is browned and vegetables are tender. Adjust seasonings to taste.
  • Stir in corn and salsa. Pour into a 2.5qt casserole dish and set aside.
  • Boil potatoes until tender, about 10-15 minutes depending on the size of your dice. Mash with milk, butter, and salt. Spread on top of beef mixture in casserole dish.
  • Top with shredded cheese and cover with a lid or tin foil. Bake 20-25 minutes until heated through. Top with cheese and return to the oven until cheese is melted.


To make ahead, prepare up until baking point and refrigerate. Pop it in the oven when you’re ready to eat. You might need to add 10-15 minutes to baking time to ensure everything is reheated.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 445cal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 83mg | Sodium: 939mg | Potassium: 1593mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1345IU | Vitamin C: 47.5mg | Calcium: 169mg | Iron: 4.1mg

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My name is Ashley Fehr and I love creating easy meals my family loves. I also like to do things my way, which means improvising and breaking the rules when necessary. Here you will find creative twists on old favorites and some of my favorite family recipes, passed down from generations!

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  1. D. Ashley says

    I had this idea to make Mexican shepherds pie and your recipe confirmed it was a pretty good idea. Thanks! I had many variations with my items on hand. I had “Mexican meat” that was seasoned already, added onions, bell peppers, a pinch of jalapenos with most seeds removed, and corn for the filling. Mashed potatoes made from boxed potato flakes. Grated cheese and black olives on top. Delicious!

  2. Tanya Canedy says

    This looks amazing! I’m going to try to make those Cauliflower mashed potatoes to top it so my boys won’t know it’s good for them too! Thanks for this!

  3. Cheryl Newton says

    I’d probably try to get a jump on my Christmas shopping. Because, as the woman who cuts my hair reminded me today, only 18 more Fridays until Christmas.

  4. Vickie Craft says

    Looks delicious. I would buy my granddaughter and granddaughter on the way something for their new room, if I won the money.

  5. Samantha says

    What a great warming recipe! Thanks for sharing. What I would do with $125 for school. That would be a brand new fall outfit for sure! Thanks for the chance, it’s awesome!

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