Mexican Shepherd’s Pie {Frugal Friday}

Frugal Mexican Shepherd's Pie (Frugal Friday)

Meal time in our house is no easy feat with a little one under 2 and Ava being 7, going on 17, her taste buds change so frequently and my husband having a much more sophisticated palate than mine. Being able to shop frugally is essential for a happy wallet.  Finding ingredients that have multi-uses to help keep costs down will help in keeping the grocery bill down. With a large bag of potatoes taking up shelf space in our home, there are only so many things you can do with a potato before everyone says no thanks and we can only have the same Taco Tuesday so many times before the sign of another tortilla shell will make me want to scream.

This Mexican Shepherd’s Pie was a great way to make use of the potatoes, turn Taco night into something a bit more fun and took my love for comfort food into a frugal success, which had us all craving more!

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Ingredients

Beef Mixture (Bottom):

  • 1 lb extra lean (at least 93%) ground beef
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions/li>
  • 1/2 cup Salsa/li>
  • 1/2 package of Taco Seasoning/li>
  • 1tsp Red Pepper Flakes/li>
  • 1tsp Garlic Powder/li>
  • 1/2c Frozen Corn/li>
  • 1/2c. Celery

Mash Potato (Top):

  • 4 Russet Potatoes for Mashed Potato
  • Splash of milk
  • TBSP of butter

Garnish:

  • 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 medium tomato, sliced into thin wedges
  • Tortilla chips, great way to entice kids to eat, chips for dinner… YES PLEASE!

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Directions:

In a large frying pan, cook ground beef and 1/4 cup of the green onions over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally until beef is thoroughly cooked; drain grease from frying pan!  Stir in salsa, Pepper flakes and Garlic. Add corn to beef mixture in skillet. Cover and cook over low heat until mixture is thoroughly heated. Empty into oven safe casserole dish

Meanwhile, bring potatoes to a boil.  Once they easily slide off the fork, remove from water, add milk and butter and proceed to make mashed potatoes. Spread potatoes over the beef mixture in casserole dish. Sprinkle with cheese and remaining 1/4 cup green onions. Place in over for 5-10 minutes or until cheese is fully melted.  Place tortilla chips around outside edge of casserole dish and top with medium tomato if you wish.

To purchase all the ingredients to make this meal cost roughly $35, however that was for full size items and you may have some of these items already on hand. In breaking it down by what we actually used, this meal cost roughly $20-25 for a family of 4.

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We used to chips to scoop up the shepherd’s pie, which was a fun twist on finger foods for Ava to eat without complaint. It was a huge hit with the family and thankfully, there was a serving left over for lunch the next day!  It’s a fun frugal twist on a classic comfort food, which has now become a family favourite!

headshotJanette Shearer is a Parent Blogger for Vancity Mommy D, wife and mother to two little girls, 7 year old Ava and 15 month old Zoe. You can find her over at Vancity Mommy D, or follow her on facebook, twitter or instagram. All Photos courtesy of Janette Shearer.

33 Comments


  1. OMG I love this recipe idea – so creative, I bet my kids would enjoy it. thanks for the recipe!

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  2. This is such a creative dish,i cant wait to surprise my family with it.

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  3. Mmm I like this idea! Never thought to pair potatoes with mexican. I will try!

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  4. Loving this version! and I have some potatoes on my counter ready to go for this!

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  5. This looks so tasty,thanks for the recipe !

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  6. Oh this looks so delicious. I will have to try it out! Thanks 🙂

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  7. This is a delicious dish if you never tried it yet you have too !

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  8. This looks awesome! We love Mexican food but never had it like this.It has a new twist with the potatoes on top. Yum!!

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  9. We had this again for dinner yesterday,the kids love it !!

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  10. This sounds really interesting… I’ll have to try it!

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  11. This is a great idea ! love it , bookmarking and making this for sure , sure is nice to have another option then the old style .

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  12. This is such a delicious dish !

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  13. I love the idea of using the Tortilla chips to scoop up the shepards pie.

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  14. This looks amazing. I love the mashed potatoes on top. YUM!

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  15. Family approved,it’s a keeper!

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  16. Oh my goodness, this looks so good.

    I really need to stop looking at recipes when I’m hungry. Oy vey.

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  17. I love this take on Shepherds Pie. Looks delicious.

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  18. This is really delicious looking.

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  19. I’m very fond of Mexican food, and this is a fab twist on Shepherd’s Pie. Will definitely try this.

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  20. Mmmm this sounds like a perfect family meal for the cold winter months ahead!

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  21. Great recipe with easy instructions. The picture looks great. The kids will love this. I can whip this up in no time.

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  22. This is really cool! Can’t believe I haven’t thought of this before! Totally making this for my daughter, she would really enjoy this for supper.

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  23. I think my husband would love this recipe, I shall have to try it.

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  24. It looks fantastic with the cheese on top.I must give this a try.We love Mexican foods.

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  25. this looks totally scrumptious , thanks for sharing the recipe , a must try 🙂

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  26. We had this for dinner on Friday it;s so delicious !!

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  27. Great idea! Thank you for the inspiration. I will have to give this a try!

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  28. I like this twist on traditional Shepard’s pie, will try it.

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  29. Love mexican food.. haven’t had sheperds pie in ages too.. These two reasons are all the reasons why I should try it!!

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