Mexican Shepherd's Pie Recipe

It happens to me and probably it does happen to you, we sometimes are stuck in a cooking rut. It's Monday, you have no inspiration, and all you can think of is to make the same 3 meals this week. I am sure that at some point you get tired of it. 

Sometimes you need to be inspired and I am sharing with you six tips:

  • Read cookbooks. If you don't own cookbooks you can always borrow them from the library.
  • Subscribe to food magazines. I find great inspiration from Ricardo, Canadian Living, Coup de Pouce and Chatelaine, just to name a few.
  • Ask your kids for ideas. Sometimes they come up with great meal ideas and they can also help in the kitchen.
  • Peruse restaurant menus online. I like to see what they come up with. Some menus are very creative.
  • Read food blogs. As a food blogger I read other food blogs. I like the fact that the food is cooked and baked in home kitchens like mine.
  • Change your preparation.  Why not try your favourite dish a different way. Think fusion cuisine. 
If you have been following my blog you know that I am an Old El Paso Ambassador. This month we were challenged to think outside the box and come up with our home twist on a Mexican dish. Being from Quebec the first dish that came to mind was pâté chinois (Shepherd's Pie). We love pâté chinois and decided to make my own Mexican Shepherd's Pie. This dish has six layers. You may think that it's time consuming but it did not take long to prepare and it turned out to be very good.

Have you been successful in fusion cuisine in your home?

Mexican Shepherd's Pie Recipe 

500g lean ground beef
1 packet of Old El Paso Taco Seasoning
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
2 cans corn, drained
2 sweet potatoes, cooked and mashed
8 potatoes
125 ml sour cream
125 ml cream cheese
500 ml Tex Mex cheese
4-6 green onions

Heat oven to 350F.

Cook potatoes and sweet potato in two different pots.

While the potatoes are cooking, cook the ground beef. When the ground beef is no longer pink add the packet of Old El Paso Taco Seasoning with 250 ml water. Cook for another 5 minutes.

When the sweet potatoes are cooked, drain and mash them with a fork.

When the potatoes are cooked, drain and mash them with the sour cream and the cream cheese. Add salt to taste.

In a 9 x 13 pan place the beef on the bottom. Distribute the black beans on top of the beef.  Distribute evenly the sweet potatoes. On top distribute the corn. Distribute the mashed potatoes and top with the Tex Mex cheese.

Cook in oven for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes you can broil the cheese for 1-2 minutes. Serve with green onions on top of the Shepherd's Pie.

Disclosure – I am participating in the Old El Paso Ambassador Program by Mom Central Canada on behalf of Old El Paso. I received compensation as a thank you for participating and for sharing my honest opinion. The opinions on this blog are my own.


  1. I love your idea of perusing restaurant menus online! They often have such creative ideas. :)


    1. Thanks Jo, I like to read the menus to see what they match with a certain dish.

  2. That looks scrumptious and comforting!



  3. Awww! This would be yummy - and it looks delicious. So interesting that Shepherd's pie is such a comfort food in Quebec - while as a child it was a common dish - almost more in restaurants than in homes, but rarely does anyone make this dish in their own homes any more... well, I do!

    1. It is almost a national dish in Québec. Every family has their own Pâté chinois recipes. It's on the tables I would say once a week in many homes in Québec.

  4. Great twist on Shepherd pie! Sheperds pie is a comfort food in our home too...yum!


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