Chili Cheese Shepherds Pie

cindy sandberg


This is the recipe that I created for the Hungry Jack Use Up the Box recipe contest. It became one of three finalists in the "comfort food" category. Unfortunately, it didn't win the contest, which was based on voting at the website.:( It's a delicious dish, though, and I thought I'd share it with my JAP friends! The photo is from the HJ website..the promotional photo they took of my recipe. Next time I make it, I'll get my own photo on!

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15 Min


30 Min



Blue Ribbon Recipe

Notes from the Test Kitchen:
Easy to prepare, yet fancy enough to serve company!


1 lb
ground beef or turkey
1/2 c
chopped onion
envelope chili seasoning, divided
1 can(s)
(14.5oz.) diced or crushed tomatoes
1 can(s)
(15oz.)chili beans(hot or mild)
1 c
frozen corn
1 1/3 c
1/2 tsp
2 Tbsp
1/2 c
1 1/3 c
mashed potato flakes*
1 c
shredded cheddar or colby cheese, divided

Directions Step-By-Step

Brown ground beef or turkey with the onion over medium-high heat until no longer pink.
Add all but 1 teaspoon of the chili seasoning and mix well.
Set remaining seasoning mix aside.
Stir in the tomatoes, beans and corn. Cook and stir for 2 minutes, until heated through.
Reduce heat to low and simmer while making potatoes.

For potatoes:

Bring water, salt and butter to a boil in a medium saucepan.
Remove from heat and stir in milk and potato flakes.
Stir in 1/2 cup of the shredded cheese.

Place chili mixture into greased 2 quart casserole. Carefully spread mashed potatoes on top of chili. Top with remaining 1/2 cup cheese and reserved chili seasoning. Bake in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.
*This is the 4 serving size amount of potatoes, which is how I wrote the recipe for the contest. I actually prefer it with more potatoes(the 6 serving amount). Just adjust the other potato ingredients according to the instructions on the box of potato flakes. Also, instant potatoes is something I rarely actually have on hand, so when I make this for us, I usually use real mashed potatoes.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Beef, Turkey, Savory Pies
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy
Hashtags: #chili, #pie, #shepherds pie