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Mexican Shepherd’s Pie

While I was on the hunt for a new comfort food recipe the other day, I stumbled across this Shepherd’s Pie recipe.

Shepherd’s Pie is the ultimate comfort meal. Potatoes, ground meat, and veggies all combine to make this insanely craveworthy dish.

This recipe, though, is just a tad different.

It combines a lot of Southwestern and Mexican flavors to turn the traditional Shepherd’s Pie on its head. The mashed potatoes are really the only thing left untouched in this recipe.

The meat mixture is packed full of spices and chiles and tomatoes. You top it off with some corn and a blanket of smooth mashed potatoes topped with cheese. It’s the ultimate comfort dish times a million. I kept craving it throughout the day and couldn’t wait until dinner to have some.


Mexican Shepherd's Pie

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: Medium
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A shepherd's pie with a twist. Chiles, tomatoes, and corn fill the pie with a cheesy mashed potato topping.


  • 1 TBS. olive oil
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder, separated
  • 1 (4 oz) can diced green chiles
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup shredded cheese, separated
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1 cup cooked corn
  • 3-4 Russet potatoes
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 4 TBS. butter


  1. Heat a large pot of water to a boil. Peel potatoes and cut into big chunks. Boil potatoes until tender, about 8-10 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Stir in ground turkey and season with salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder and 1 teaspoon garlic powder. Cook until browned, about 4-5 minutes.
  3. Stir in green chiles, tomatoes, 1/2 cup shredded cheese and salsa. Cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  4. Spray a large baking dish with cooking spray. Spread turkey and veggie mixture into baking dish. Top with corn.
  5. Make the mashed potatoes: with a hand mixer, mash potatoes with salt, pepper, remaining garlic powder, and butter. Add milk until creamy, adding more than 1/4 cup if need be.
  6. Spread mashed potatoes on top of turkey mixture. Top with remaining cheese. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

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