Recipe by Salimah
"Great shepherd's pie with a kick. It's prepared with a blend of Mexican spices. Adjust seasonings according to your personal taste. You can also spice up the mashed potatoes if you like."
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potatoes, peeled and quartered
spicy seasoned salt
1 (10 ounce) package
1 (10 ounce) package
After making this recipe as described, I thought it was good, but made a few adjustments to make it great. 1) Instead of the pea/corn mixture, I buy a frozen vegetable package called "latino blend." This package contains corn, black beans, tomatoes and green peppers, which add more body to the dish and makes it more Mexican. (If you can't find it in your freezer aisle, then I would use frozen corn and two cans of black beans instead. The peas just didn't blend well with the other ingredients.) 2)I have yet to find a decent packaged taco seasoning, so I just make my own: salt, pepper, garlic powder, chili powder, paprika, cumin, a touch of cinnamon (or allspice) and red pepper flakes if I want some heat (amounts depend on your own taste preferences). 3) For the potatoes, perhaps this goes without writing, but I pour the mashed potatoes on top and then spread evenly with a knife, otherwise, some sections will be thicker than others. 4) Finally, place the pan on a tray. The pie won't boil over or anything, but it is heavy and just makes it easier to place in and out of the oven. The dish does take time, but while the pie is cooking I make a simple side salad and the overall effect is a great winter, comfort meal far better than any meatloaf. Thanks for the recipe!
Very good. I did take the suggestion of another reviewer, however, and used black beans instead of the peas, and sour cream instead of the milk, for a more Mexican flair. Add just enough milk after mixing the mashed potatoes and sour cream to make it more spreadable, then top the beef mixture. In the last 5 min. of baking, I removed the casserole from the oven, and while it heated up to Broil, I brushed some melted butter over the top of the mashed potatoes and topped this with some shredded tex-mex cheese. Then, under the broiler until lightly browned. This gave it a slightly more crusty top, which appealed to my family. I made up a batch of the "Taco Seasoning I" recipe for use in this.
I liked this more than classic shepherd's pie - it was tastier and more interesting. I made a few changes. I halved the peas and corn, added a can of kidney beans, doubled the taco seasoning and left out the spicy salt and put grated cheddar cheese on top of the mashed potato (strongly recommended!).
I made this vegetarian by substituting fake meat and a can of baked beans for the meat. Also my husband sprinkled the top of the mashed potatoes with corn chip pieces to give it some crunch. It was excellent!
I didn't have any potatoes, so I topped it with cornbread batter mixed with cheese and chopped fresh jalapenos and left out the peas. The gang loved it.
I used black beans instead of peas and sprinkled cheese on top. I used regular seasoned salt, which was fine, but it would have been better had the dish been more spicy...maybe crushed red pepper flakes would have been good.
Added black beans, skipped the peas and added some enchilada sauce to the meat mixture. Spiced up the mashed potatoes by mixing in a little salsa. My family loved it!
I've tried this recipe as directed and switching the veggies to the "Mexicana blend" (corn, chopped onions, peppers and tomatoes, with black beans). I've used mashed potatoes and rosemary garlic mashed potatoes. A nice seasoning blend from the original!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Shepherd's Pie Mexicana
Serving Size: 1/6 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 143
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