I started cooking for Nate well before we were married. After all, it is said that a man’s stomach is the way to his heart. If my curly locks and bright smile weren’t already sealing the deal, I might as well add a few hearty, home-cooked meals to the list too. 😉 My mom graciously allowed me full use of her kitchen, and I had such a fun time ‘playing house’ and preparing meals for the guy that I was falling in love with.
One of the very first meals I made for him was actually an original recipe that I whipped together after reviewing a few similar recipes that I’d found online. (I love adding my own spin on recipes or making them my own. Oftentimes, I’ll follow a recipe completely the first time I make it; but if it’s good enough to make again, I’ll change things up a bit if it needs a tiny bit of tweaking).
One of my favorite meals growing up was Shepherd’s Pie, and I decided that I wanted to make my flavor-loving hubby a bolder, more spicy version.
This is a recipe that has become a staple in our house and is one that I make from memory. It all starts with a good-quality taco seasoning packet (preferably one that doesn’t contain fillers. Grab one that only contains spices and seasonings that you recognize and can pronounce).
It’s comfort food… It’s quick… It’s hearty… It’s ridiculously simple but packs a ton of flavor… And it’s a bit spicy without going overboard. (Even my toddler loves it)!
If you try it, I hope it’s a recipe that you enjoy! 🙂
TACO SHEPHERD’S PIE
1 lb ground beef
Packet taco seasoning
2 cans (15 oz each) corn, drained
4 cups potatoes, mashed plain (preferably fresh and still hot)
2 Tablespoons chopped green chiles (more if you like a lot of heat)
1 Cup shredded cheddar cheese
Salt and Pepper to taste
Prepare ground beef and taco seasoning according to the packet’s directions. (While the meat is cooking, boil, drain, and mash your potatoes).
Pour the prepared taco meat into a 2 quarter casserole dish and top with the two cans of corn.
Stir the green chiles and cheese into the hot mashed potatoes and season – to taste – with salt and pepper. Spread onto the taco meat and corn.
Bake at 375 degrees for 20-30 minutes or until hot. Enjoy! 🙂