4 servings (serving size: 1 cup)

With ground sirloin, creamy mashed potatoes, and a sprinkle of cheddar cheese, your family will never know this comforting shepherd's pie is low in calories.

How to Make It

Step 1

Prepare mashed potatoes according to package directions; keep warm.

Step 2

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).

Step 3

Remove from heat. Spoon mashed potatoes over meat mixture, and sprinkle with cheese. Cover and let stand 2 minutes or until cheese melts.

Chef's Notes

Prepared mashed potatoes are found in the refrigerated section of larger grocers. They only need a few minutes in the microwave to reheat.

Ratings & Reviews

Swingo's Review

December 07, 2013
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.

lovinjim2009's Review

January 22, 2014
So quick and easy to make AND my husband loved it! Will certainly be making this again. Great meal to make after a busy day at work!

Tripletmom44's Review

December 17, 2013
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!

cookfromsocal's Review

September 30, 2013
Husband and I enjoyed this. I used two large russet potatoes. We both added a little salt when eating. Easy to put together. A definite repeat.

cpa2006's Review

August 25, 2013

Thefunyfarm's Review

August 16, 2013
I substituted real mashed potatoes for the boxed ones.

daneanp's Review

August 15, 2013
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.

dreamy885's Review

May 15, 2013
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!!

CarolG1's Review

April 24, 2013

p2europe's Review

April 23, 2013