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Shepherds pie… is it British or Irish? My mom insists Irish, I thought it was British.
I did a quick Google search on the topic which mostly pointed towards a British/Scottish origin. Seems the true origin dates back to the Scottish countryside in the 1700’s where the dish was made mostly by the poor from leftover lamb meat combined with gravy and mashed potatoes. It was originally called “cottage pie”. Shepherds pie didn’t come about for another 100 years or so when the Brits, who’d taken a liking to the pie but also added some veggies, favored the word shepherds over cottage. Apparently the word cottage was a term associated mostly with the poor. Since rich folks enjoyed the pie as well, “shepherds pie” came to be the term more widely used.
At some point the Irish did catch wind of this tasty little pie. They have been claiming it as their own ever since!
Do you think the British like Mexican food? Oh my gosh, I hope so.
I hope I am not offending them by turning their classic Shepherds Pie into a hard-core Mexican dish.
You see it just sort of happened one day when I had some chorizo and sweet potatoes on hand.
I mean why not?
I’ve made sweet potato chorizo tacos that were tasty, so I figured this was sure to be good as well.
I hoped. I prayed.
Yes. SO Good.
Spicy Mexican chorizo, with the cheesy, creamy sweet potatoes… it works! Topped off with diced avocado and a heavy sprinkle of cotija cheese, it is British food turned Mexican. So so good.
Oh and FYI – yesterday, I think I dropped and broke four bowls.
No, not I think. I did. It was rough. None of my shots worked either. Nothing seemed to go my way, which is why today’s post is short and sweet!
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Feeling like tomorrow is going to be sweeter though.
Made this tonight and it was awesome! I feel like this recipe deserves some love from 2020. It’s a great fall dinner. Just a few tweaks of my own to make it work for tonight: I added some fresh shaved sweet corn, removed one of the bell peppers, and used a 9 inch glass pie dish instead of individual ramekins. I added the cotija cheese before baking so that it’d be nice and melty when it came out. My husband loved this so much. Thanks!!
I am really glad this turned out so well for you, Mandy! Thank you so much for trying it! xTieghan
Made this for dinner tonight, topping it with the shredded cheese rather than mixing that in with the potatoes, and ate it with sour cream and Cholula hot sauce on top. SO VERY GOOD. My husband got seconds and declared it the best thing he’s eaten in a long time. Thanks for the amazing recipe!
YAY! So happy you guys loved these! THANKS!
I made this for a friendsgiving yesterday. Huge hit! Ended up being a lot more complex flavors than when I first glance, but everything went together really well!
I made a double batch and put the whole thing in a large pyrex (8×11?). I ended up having more meat than potatoes, so I might adjust the proportions next time.
Also, it ended up quite spicy! I liked that a lot, but I might not double the chipotle pepper next time when bringing for a big group.
So happy you loved this and it was a hit!! We like spicy around here, but I realize not everyone does. So reducing the chipotle peppers is probably a good idea for a big group.
Thanks so much, John!!
I love that you gave this a Mexican twist!! This sounds amazing!
Thanks so much, Deborah!
What measurement is “1 in” for the peppers? Like 1 pepper?
Sorry I am not sure where you are reading the “1 in”, but you will want to use 1 red pepper, 1 orange pepper, and 1 jalapeño. Please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan
I know what we’re having for dinner tomorrow night!! We love shepherds pie around here, and your version sounds awesome!!
As a Brit, I’d like to say the following – YES we love Mexican food (and fusion cooking in general), though thinking this statement through I can’t think of any big brand Mexican restaurants here, but in every supermarket you’re sure to find taco/fajita/enchilada kits and ingredients. Also, I have to say you’re a genius! My boyfriend isn’t a fan of white mashed potato, but he loves sweet potato, so this might just be a way to get him to like one of my all-time-favourite dishes 😀
On the subject of the name, I’m not sure of the origins, but now in England Shepards’ and Cottage Pies signify two different dishes – Shepards’ Pie is made with minced lamb, and Cottage Pie with minced beef – just a head’s up if you’re ever in the UK 🙂
This is OMYGOSH amazing!!! I wish I had this in front of me right now and it was waiting for me at dinner time!
Hehe!! Thank you!
Get me a fork. Right now,. I’m going in 🙂
Haha! Thanks Amy!
What an amazing twist on a real classic!!
Thank you, Gaby!! Oh and geez, your instagram pics of been stunning. SO pretty!
This looks so delicious! I can’t wait to try it.
Thanks so much, Melissa!
Three words. You.Are.Amazing. That is all. 🙂
Thank you!! Love seeing your comments today!! 🙂
Looks YUMMY…..Sorry to hear about all the bowls. I hate days like that in the ktichen.
Thanks so much, Rie!
These look delicious, and I love those ramekins!
Your post might be short and sweet but your shepherd’s pie looks amazing!
Thank you, Amanda! I really loved reading you post on Park City! So jealous. It sounded incredible! 🙂
Ugh. Your food makes me crave everything but what is what dinner that night! Can’t wait to make this!
Oh man! Sorry? LOL!
Thanks so much, Meg! Hope you love these!