This New Mexican Shepherd’s Pie Recipe was sent to me by my sister in law, Beth. Beth has 5 kids and is pretty much an expert at feeding her kids healthy dinners! She only sends me dinners that her kids eat without complaining, and that’s why she sent over this Shepherd’s Pie! This bean dish is perfect for #fiberweek- Pinto beans have 15 grams of fiber per cup! Thanks Beth!
Have you ever been to New Mexico? If you have, you probably know something about the craze surrounding green chilies. They are everywhere! In the summer even the smell of roasting green chilies pervades the air, as roadside stands will build a fire, put a 50 gallon drum over it, fill it with chilies, and roll the drum to turn and evenly roast tons of chilies at a time. When our family lived in Santa Fe for a summer, we found green chilies included in just about every dish, including on hamburgers at joints like Wendy’s. We totally succumbed to the trend, because green chilies are just that good! One of our favorite dishes among the delicious southwest cuisine in New Mexico was a simple shepherd’s pie with a green chili twist. When we moved back home after my husband’s internship was done, we craved this dish the most, so I did my best to recreate it. A few years later I even won second place in a national recipe contest, because it is just that good!
Now that I use more beans and vegetables over meat in my cooking, I’ve modified it again. It is a perfect combination of beans (full of fiber), squash (vitamins and minerals), mashed potatoes (kid-friendly), plus a little cheese (crowd-pleasing). Not to mention the end result is delicious!! There are a few steps to put the pie together, which makes this recipe good for doubling – make one pan for your family for dinner, one pan for the freezer for a future night of no-mess/prep cooking. I’ve broken the recipe down by the layers of the dish. I hope you love it as much as we do!
This recipe has 4 layers- It might seem like a lot of work, but when you break it down, it isn’t complicated at all! Take out your baking dish and add the layers.
Layer 1- A delicious bean, tomato, onion layer. Layer 2 is spaghetti squash. Layer three is mashed potatoes, and layer 4 is green chile sauce and cheese. (full recipe below)