Spicy Shepherd’s Pie–Frugal Friday Edition

Happy Friday everyone!! Don’t you just love weekends? I have had quite a busy cooking week. I taught a pressure cooking class, taught two neighbors how to make whole wheat bread, and made four cakes with a group of young men. Wheew! I’m looking forward to a quiet weekend of cleaning out my craft room and hopefully doing some crafting.

My husband is going on a klondike campout with some scouts tonight, and let me just say that times like these I am really glad I am a woman. Because tent camping is bad enough, but tent camping in the snow, with a bunch of scouts, is not something I ever want to try. I am looking forward to sleeping in my nice warm bed!

This dish is a nice change from regular Shepherd’s Pie. In fact, my family prefers it. The original recipe didn’t call for black beans, but I added them and thought they were a perfect addition. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!!

Spicy Shepherd’s Pie

1# lean ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 can black beans, drained
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can corn
1/2 can olives, sliced
1/4 cup taco seasoning (or 1 packet)
1/2- 1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 garlic clove, minced
4 cups mashed potatoes
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
Brown ground beef with onion; add all ingredients except potatoes and cheese. Simmer for 2-3 minutes. Pour into a 9×13” pan. Top with 1/2 cup cheese. Spread mashed potatoes over the cheese and meat mixture. Top with remaining cheese. Bake at 350 for about 25-30 minutes or till hot and bubbly.
-Serves 8

Price breakdown:
hamburger $2.40
beans .49
onion .35
tomatoes .60
corn .33
olives .40
taco seasoning .25
seasonings/garlic .20
potatoes .40
cheese .50
Total: $5.92/ 8 servings= .74/serving



  1. Ben Legere says:

    I just spent $37 at walmart buying these exact ingredients.

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