Southwestern Shepherd’s Pie- a Pinterest Treasure!

I love Pinterest and I have tried lots of recipes that I have found on there. I have pinned a million other recipes that I have yet to try and in all likelihood will never try but, man- they look good. Some of the ones I have tried flopped or just weren’t good enough to ever be repeated. Several recipes I have tried will be a part of my life for years to come! Southwestern Shepherd’s Pie is a keeper!

I originally found the pin for Southwestern Shepherd’s pie back in the Spring when Bub and I made the shift to pursuing clean eating. I was actively seeking new ideas and new recipes for our new eating agenda. This recipe immediately caught my eye- it has some of my favorite ingredients: sweet potatoes, black beans, cumin, cilantro, cinnamon, corn— okay, I liked everything in it. I pinned it quick and even sent the link to my Moma. My Moma has that ability that only some people are blessed with- to be able to look at a recipe and know if it’s gonna be good before she ever tastes it. This recipe got her approval.

I think I found this recipe on a Monday or Tuesday and Moma and I made it that weekend. It was good- better than I expected. And Bub liked it too! It was pretty easy to put together too. So, I knew I’d found a recipe that would be added to the recipe file. So, I have been thinking about it for about a week now and finally put it together again and want to share it with you because you need to add it to your recipe file too!

First thing, cook and puree 3 sweet potatoes. I prefer baking them on 400 F for 45 minutes to an hour. After you get that started, chop a medium onion and a small green pepper as well as a half of a jalapeno 2 medium tomatoes. You are going to want to sauté the onion and pepper until the onion becomes translucent then add your jalapeno and a tablespoon of garlic and then add in a pound of ground meat. I used 93/7 beef but I imagine ground turkey would be okay. Let this cook until your meat is browned. Then add your tomato (I used a can of diced tomatoes this go-round) as well as 1 tablespoon of tomato paste, 1 tablespoon of chili powder, 1 teaspoon of cumin and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon and let this cook until the water reduces (15 minutes-ish). Next add a can of black beans, a can of corn, 4 tablespoons of cilantro and spread in a 9×13 Pyrex. Finally mix 1/2 cup of milk and 2 tablespoons of butter (I left this out and I have totally skipped mixing the sweet potatoes with anything in previous cookings) in with your pureed sweet potatoes and spread this mixture over your meat mixture. Bake this in the oven on 400 F until brown (20-30 minutes).

before the oven Even before it goes in the oven, it smells sooooo good! I mean, gud! This time around, not only was it Bub approved, it was Baby Bub approved as well! Baby Bub loves sweet potatoes and ground beef and he just gobbled this up! It was so good and I am so looking forward to left-overs! Yum!

SW Shep Pie

Southwestern Shepherd’s Pie- a Pinterest Treasure!
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Serves: 9-12
  • 1 med onion
  • 1 small green bell pepper
  • 1 Tbsp garlic
  • 1 lb ground meat
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups tomato chopped (I used a can of diced tomatoes)
  • 1/2 cup cooked corn (I used a whole can)
  • 1/2 cup black beans (I used a whole can)
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 1/2 lb sweet potatoes (I used 3 med-large)
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  1. Cook and puree sweet potatoes.
  2. Heat oil in large pot over medium heat. Add onion and bell pepper, cook until onion is translucent. Add garlic, jalapeno and meat and cook 5 minutes.
  3. Add tomato paste, spices and tomatoes until liquid reduces (about 15 minutes). Add corn and black beans and 4 tbsp. of cilantro and spread in a 9×13 Pyrex
  4. Mix 1/2 cup of milk and 2 Tbsp of butter with pureed sweet potatoes and spread over meat mixture.
  5. Bake on 400F for 20-30 minutes until brown. Garnish with remaining cilantro.

This recipe is awesome! It looks kinda complicated and involved but it is pretty easy to execute! I hope you enjoy!

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  1. I bet this is delicious. If only Jojo ate sweet potatoes… or black beans… *sigh*

    • Leigh, leave out the black beans or sub them for another bean that he will eat… and use another potato that he will eat… It will still twerk for you if you tweak it- 😉

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