Mexican beef & potato pie

Mexican beef & potato pie

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(11 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 1 hr


Serves 4 - 6
A shepherd's pie with a real twist - top a chilli con carne style filling with cheesy mash and tortilla chips

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freeze without the tortillas

Nutrition: per serving (6)

  • kcal494
  • fat24g
  • saturates12g
  • carbs39g
  • sugars4g
  • fibre6g
  • protein30g
  • salt2.2g
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  • 1 tbsp cumin seed
  • 300g jar hot salsa
  • 500g pack lean minced beef
  • 1 beef stock cube
  • 400g can red kidney beans

For the potato topping

  • 1kg potato, cut into chunks



    The world's favourite root vegetable, the potato comes in innumerable varieties. A member of…

  • 50g butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 100g mature cheddar, grated
  • 50g cheese-flavoured tortilla chip


  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Warm the cumin seeds in a large pan and toast for a few secs. Tip the salsa into the pan, then stir in the mince, breaking it up with a wooden spoon. Crumble in the stock cube, tip in the beans with their juice and add a little less than a can of water. Season, then part-cover and simmer for 40 mins, stirring occasionally. If there is still a lot of liquid after 30 mins, remove the lid completely and allow it to reduce a little until thickened.

  2. Meanwhile, boil the potatoes until tender, then drain and mash with the butter and seasoning. Spoon the mince into an ovenproof dish and top with the potato, smoothing to cover the meat completely. Mix the cheese with the tortillas, then scatter on top of the pie and bake for 10 mins to melt the cheese – take care that the tortillas don’t burn.

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31st Jan, 2017
Really quick and easy to make and delicious. I used quorn mince and it was a big hit with the whole family.
5th Mar, 2015
This was a combination of chili con carne and shepherds pie. We all really enjoyed it with some salsa on the side. I did find there was slightly too much potato for the amount of meat so will cut that down next time. I definitely recommend it.
11th Jul, 2014
This has become a family favourite, a nice twist on a classic.
15th Nov, 2013
Really easy midweek meal.
11th Sep, 2013
This has swiftly become my husband's favourite meal, in fact the whole family love it! We all love the taste of this pie and it has been added to our recipe book.
11th Jun, 2013
There was nothing wrong with this - whole family ate it. But as my son said, it makes you want to eat a pile of nachos and a plate of shepherd's pie, because as a whole its not quite as nice as either eaten separately.
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