Mexican Shepherd's Pie With Cornmeal Buttermilk Topping

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 20 mins

The topping on this "pie" is really wonderful. Make it first and let it sit while you prepare the meat filling. Use the jalapeno if you want some heat, or use dried chili flakes.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. For the topping beat together eggs, buttermilk and butter. Whisk in the dry ingredients until smooth and set aside.
  2. Brown ground beef with the onions and peppers. Drain off fat and return to the pan.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes.
  4. Pour into an ungreased 8 by 8 inch baking dish and level off the top.
  5. Spread topping over the meat.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
  7. Prep time includes time to simmer the meat mixture.
Most Helpful

The meat mixture was pretty good - not nearly as spicy as I was expecting. We liked the combo of the meat & topping but found the topping to be a little too crunchy - would have liked it to be more cornbread-like.

Debbb March 24, 2012

Loved it! Quick and easy to make and tastes great, can't get any better than that! I used ground turkey and green chilis rather than ground beef and bell pepper. Thanks Cookin-Jo, I'll definitely be making this again! Made for Chef Alphabet Tag, please see my rating system as I rate tougher than most.

puppitypup May 04, 2008

DH and I both enjoyed this recipe! Instead of regular tomato sauce I used El Pato which has a kick! I also sprinkled some grated cheddar cheese on top the last 5 minutes of baking!! I think next time, I will also add some chili beans to the meat mixture!! Thank you Cookin-jo!!

katie in the UP April 04, 2007