This is an adaption from our Shepherd’s Pie Recipe. I have to tell you I got a little tired of eating the same ole Shepherd’s Pie my family kept requesting. Don’t get me wrong I do LOVE a GOOD Shepherd’s Pie . I just wanted something different.
I bet you are wondering where the name came from ? Funny story, I told my family I was changing up our recipe. DO you know how they replied? “YEAH!!! When the cows come home!!!” Well , that night those cows did come home…In the form of Cowboy Cattle Ranch Pie !
- 2 and 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
- 1 package of Fajita seasoning
- 2 tablespoons minced garlic
- red pepper flakes, to taste
- Freshly ground pepper
- 1 medium onion, roughly chopped
- 1 ear of corn, kernels removed
- 1/3 cup of yellow pepper, diced
- 1/3 cup of red pepper, diced
- 1/3 cup of green pepper, diced
- 1 cup of black beans, rinsed , drained and divided by 1/2 cup each
- 2 cups of cheddar cheese, divided x2
- 8 medium Yukon Gold potatoes, washed, peeled, and diced
- 1/8 cup heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons of REAL Butter
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
- kosher salt, to taste
- fresh ground pepper, to taste
Heat a large skillet on medium heat . Add lean ground beef to skillet. Start breaking up the meat into smaller pieces using a heavy-duty spatula . Once meat is slightly broken up , add 1 package of Fajita Seasoning , minced garlic , pepper flakes, and freshly ground pepper. Add onion to skillet. Continue cooking on medium heat till all meat is thoroughly broken up, and completely cooked through . Add Fresh corn kernels , yellow, red, and green peppers that have been diced. Cook for about 3-4 minutes of medium heat. (Drain beef in colander if needed) Add 1/2 cup of black beans to meat mixture . Remove from heat . — Reserve when done
While meat is cooking , fill a large sauce pan with water and place diced potatoes in pan. Turn burner on medium high heat. Bring potatoes to a boil, and reduce to medium heat. Cook potatoes till soft . About 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat and drain when done . Place back in pan . — Reserve till needed
In a small sauce pan heat heavy cream and butter on low, till butter melts. Once melted add heavy cream and butter a little at a time while you are mashing potatoes.(It is easier to add more as needed, instead of overdoing it) Add salt and pepper to taste. Potatoes do not need to be perfectly smooth unless you wish for them to be so, as it adds a little more texture to recipe. Add parsley at this time and mix through mashed potatoes. — Once done reserve.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Easy Step by Step Assembly Illustration
Spray non stick spray in baking Place reserved meat mixture (13 x 9 rectangular) glass baking dish . Be sure to evenly distribute mixture. — We cut the batch in half and used a smaller glass baking dish one today
At this time you will need to grab the mashed potatoes you have reserved for later use. To make spreading easier, use a rubber spatula for spreading potatoes over meat and cheese mixture.
Gently spread mashed potatoes over meat and cheese mixture in rectangular glass baking dish. Careful not to disturb meat mixture , as you do not want it in mashed potatoes.
Once the mashed potatoes have been spread over meat and cheese mixture, top with remaining 1 cup of cheese that you have reserved.
If desired at this time add a little more chopped parsley to top of Cowboy Cattle Ranch Pie as a garnish. You may also add the other reserved 1/2 cup black beans to top of, or serve in a small glass bowl for your guests to garnish their own. If you wish you may place in 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes .
Pour yourself a nice beverage, and Enjoy!
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