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Southwestern Shepherd’s Pie

Total Time

Prep: 35 min. Bake: 25 min.

Makes

2 casseroles (6 servings each)

Guests will eat this hearty meal right up! You can freeze one of the pies for another day. —Suzette Jury, Keene, California
Southwestern Shepherd's Pie Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cans (10 ounces each) enchilada sauce
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons chopped chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2-1/2 cups water
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 1/3 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups mashed potato flakes
  • 2 cans (4 ounces each) chopped green chiles, undrained
  • 2 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend, divided
  • 2 cans (11 ounces each) Mexicorn, drained
  • 2/3 cup chopped green onions
  • Paprika

Directions

  1. In a Dutch oven, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; crumble meat;drain. Add the enchilada sauce, flour, chipotle peppers, cumin and oregano; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, combine the water, milk, butter and salt; bring to a boil. Remove from the heat. Stir in potato flakes until combined. Add chiles and 1/2 cup cheese.
  3. Transfer meat mixture to 2 greased 11x7-in. baking dishes. Layer with corn, mashed potato mixture and remaining cheese. Sprinkle with green onions. Cover and freeze 1 casserole for up to 3 months.
  4. Cover and bake the remaining casserole at 375° for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake 5-10 minutes longer or until bubbly. Sprinkle with paprika.

  5. Freeze option: Cover and freeze unbaked casserole for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking.
  6. Cover and bake at 375° for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake until bubbly, or until a thermometer inserted in center reads 165°, 15-20 minutes longer. Sprinkle with paprika.

Nutrition Facts

1 serving: 500 calories, 26g fat (12g saturated fat), 104mg cholesterol, 917mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 3g fiber), 30g protein.

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