2 cups prepared mashed potatoes (such as Simply Potatoes)
3/4 pound ground sirloin
3/4 cup picante sauce
1/3 cup water
1 tablespoon ground cumin
2 teaspoons sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup (2 ounces) preshredded reduced-fat extrasharp cheddar cheese
How to Make It
Prepare mashed potatoes according to package directions; keep warm.
Cook beef in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until browned, stirring to crumble. Stir in picante sauce, water, cumin, sugar, salt, and beans; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer until mixture thickens (about 5 minutes).
Remove from heat. Spoon mashed potatoes over meat mixture, and sprinkle with cheese. Cover and let stand 2 minutes or until cheese melts.
Prepared mashed potatoes are found in the refrigerated section of larger grocers. They only need a few minutes in the microwave to reheat.
Made a healthier version which was very good - easy and made ahead! Used half sweet with regular potatoes and only 1 cup. Used ground turkey instead of beef. Didn't have picante, so used regular salsa. Omitted sugar. Added chopped cilantro. Followed rest of recipe. But after making bean/turkey mixture, I put it in a teflon coated pan and added mashed potatoes spread evenly on top, followed by cheese. I let this sit for about an hour or so until we were ready to have dinner. Then in preheated 350 degree oven, I baked it for about 30-45 minutes or until heated through and cheese was lightly browned. YUMMY! Served with a green salad.
At the recommendation of others, browned chopped onions with the meat and added corn and some garlic flavoring; used salsa instead of picante sauce,home made mashed potatoes, and omitted sugar; and broiled in oven to brown slightly. If I were to do it again, I would add chopped tomatoes and perhaps peas instead of the corn. It was a hit with everyone!
Pretty good and easy to make for a weeknight. I used homemade garlic mashed potatoes vs. the prepared. I only had tomatillo salsa on hand. Next time I might use more like an enchilada sauce on the meat. I did add some diced onion and minced garlic to the meat. I'd make it again.
I changed some things up and this turned out sooooo good!! First, I used plain old hamburger instead of ground sirloin (1lb instead of 3/4lb). Then I chopped up an onion and cooked it with the meat. (I also like to rinse the meat afterward and run it through my food processor, but that's just my preference.) Then I use salsa instead of picante sauce and I use more like 1 cup instead of 3/4 cup. I also throw in half a bag of frozen corn (cooked), and 1-2 finely grated carrots. I used red beans instead of kidney beans because that's what I had. I added some taco seasoning because I have a can of it, then I skipped the cheese because this stuff is already packed with flavor (and I was trying to keep it somewhat healthy), and I just used one package of instant roasted garlic potatoes. Made GREAT leftovers!!