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Yield

8 servings

Prep

45 minutes

Cooking

60 minutes

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Tex-Mex Shepherd’s Pie

Ingredients

1 L (4 cups)potatoes, peeled and diced
45 ml (3 tbsp)Neilson unsalted butter, at room temperature
30 ml (2 tbsp)Neilson 35% cream
To tastefreshly ground salt and pepper
180 g (9 slices)Saputo sliced Monterey Jack cheese, cut in strips
60 ml (1/4 cup)cilantro, chopped
450 g (1 lb)ground veal
1red onion, chopped
1habanero pepper, seeded and chopped
4garlic cloves, chopped
45 ml (3 tbsp)Neilson unsalted butter
60 ml (1/4 cup)Mexican chili powder
375 ml (1 1/2 cups)water
540 ml (1 can)black beans, rinsed and drained
1 L (4 cups)corn kernels, cooked
To tasteNeilson unsalted butter
To tasteMexican chili powder

Directions

Cook the potatoes in boiling salted water. Drain and mash. Stir in the butter and cream, and season to taste. When cooled, stir in the cheese and cilantro and set aside.

Preheat the oven to 190°C (375°F).

In a large skillet, brown the veal and onion in the butter over high heat. Add the pepper and garlic and cook several minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add the chili powder and water and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the beans, stir to combine, and transfer to a large baking dish. Cover with corn and top with the mashed potatoes.

Dot with butter, sprinkle with chili powder and bake about 45 minutes, then run under the broiler just before serving.

Tip

Dried beans are an excellent source of vegetable protein. They are also high in fibre and minerals, including iron and manganese, and they're low in fat, making them a smart addition to a healthy diet.