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Chilean Potato Pie (Pastel de Papas) Recipe
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Chilean Potato Pie (Pastel de Papas)

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"This is a lot like a Shepherd's Pie with a little Latin flair. Good comfort food."

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr

    1 hr 30 mins


  1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 2-quart baking dish.
  2. Place the potatoes into a large pot and cover with salted water. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain and allow to steam dry for a minute or two. Mash the hot potatoes with butter and salt. Let cool until just warm; stir in the beaten egg until smooth.
  3. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir in the garlic and onion; cook and stir until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes and tomato paste; continue cooking until the tomatoes soften and begin to lose their shape. Add the ground beef and cook until browned, about 10 minutes. Stir in the panquehue cheese and parsley; season to taste with salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper.
  4. Spread half of the mashed potato mixture into the prepared baking dish. Cover with the ground beef mixture, then spread the remaining mashed potatoes over the beef to completely cover.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until the potatoes are hot and the top is lightly browned, about 40 minutes.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 16, 2010

I've never made anything from this website that has never been reviewed, but this sounded so good, I took a chance. I was not disappointed, and I will make this again. I did make a couple of minor changes, mostly out of necessity. For instance, I live nowhere near a metropolitan place where the suggested cheese is available, so I shredded in pepper jack cheese, instead. I also thought it would be nice sprinkled on top, so I shredded a liberal amount there. (It made a wonderful, golden crust! I did cut down on the baking time by about 10 minutes, as not to burn the cheese.) I was out of cayenne pepper, so I threw in some red pepper flakes instead.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 04, 2012

I made this for hubby while I was on a diet and unable to taste it. I used sambel chili mix in the mince and a mash of potatoes, sweet potatoes and carrot. I used the egg despite some reviewers saying they did not as I wanted the potato to set firmly and get that nice little crust layer it does when you use egg. Hubby said it was a 2.5 - 3 star recipe as something was off in the spices, but he is not sure what or he would of rated it higher. Still did not stop him going back for seconds though.

Nov 09, 2010

I lived in Chile for 2 years and our language teacher served us this dish. It is now a family favorite. I do not add any of the tomato products but everything else is the same. A delicious comfort food that is easy to make!

May 19, 2010

I gave it 4 start only because the amount of mashed potatoes is half what it should be. In a sheperd's pie you only need potatoes for the top, but in a pastel de papas you need it for top and bottom, and this was barely enough for a top. A WORD OF WARNING: if you're cooking less than 8 servings, check the amounts you're given! From the 2 tbsp of cheese in the 8-serving recipe, I ended up with 5 CUPS!! for a 4-serving recipe! In Uruguay, neighbour to Argentina and Chile, our pastel de papa doesn't take cheese, but I enjoyd the taste of cheese in this. We skip the eggs too and the result is a more solid mash potatoes, but just as good.

Jan 28, 2011

Great recipe which lends itself to more creativity! I added sliced green olives, cilantro, diced green hot chili, diced raw tomato and red onion. No egg in the mash...two levels are super yummy! I also put in lima beans with canned corn...great meal with lots of leftovers! Enjoy!

Nov 29, 2010

I kept the full 8 serving portions for the potato mixture (potatoes, butter, and eggs), but cut everything else in half. I also used red potatoes, with the skins. I added about 1/2 t cumin and a few shakes of chili powder, and went a little heavy on my pinch of cayenne pepper. Lastly, I used Monterey jack cheese into the ground beef mixture, and then in the last 10 minutes of baking, I added about 2 T more of the same cheese to the top of the pie. Smells great as it cooks. Conclusion: Good comfort food for a cold autumn evening! The boyfriend has never had Sheperd's Pie, and he enjoyed this. Will make it again...

Sep 26, 2011

This was a great dish. I couldnt find the cheese so I used a mexican blend cheese. Also made one with tofu and it was very good.

Oct 24, 2012

My daughter has made this several times for Food Day in various Spanish classes. It was there this recipe was renamed Chilean Crack Potatoes; you find yourself thinking about how to get more for later in the day. I just made it myself for the first time and would suggest cutting the oil by more than half. Colby Jack is a substitute for the cheese, and we use 4 oz. Oh, in the interest of time, I do use garlic instant potatoes; two 4 serving envelopes. The other reviewer is right, it could use more potatoes - depending on preference. Without a doubt these would be over the top if made wtih real potatoes.


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  • Calories
  • 366 kcal
  • 18%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 21.7 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol
  • 91 mg
  • 30%
  • Fat
  • 25.2 g
  • 39%
  • Fiber
  • 3.2 g
  • 13%
  • Protein
  • 14.1 g
  • 28%
  • Sodium
  • 100 mg
  • 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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