Chorizo Shepherd’s Pie

Creative Meals

A Recipe by El Popular

An Unlikely Pairing, an Unbelievable Flavor! Shepherd’s Pie is a classic British dish that can be found on the menus of every pub in England. It’s a lot like a pot pie, but with mashed potatoes and ground meat instead of pie crust and chunks of chicken – these changes create richer and smoother texture. Chef Cunningham’s take on this popular dish uses El Popular Chorizo to put a welcome twist on an English pub staple. Recipe by: Michelle Cunningham; Ivy Tech- East Chicago Campus; entered in the 2012 Chorizo Contest.

Let’s Get Started

  • Prep Time: 15 mins

  • Cook Time: 45 mins

  • Makes: 8 Servings

Ingredients

To Begin

  • 1 tbsp butter

  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 medium onion, diced

  • 2 medium carrots, diced

  • ¼ pound fresh mushrooms, thinly sliced

  • 2 stalks celery, diced

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • 1 tbsp. tomato paste

  • 2 lbs. lean ground beef

  • 1 pound El Popular Chorizo (Mild)

  • 2 tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce

  • 1 ¼ cups beef stock

  • 1 ½ cups garden peas

  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Mashed Potatoes

  • 4 pounds Yukon Gold Potatoes, peeled, diced

  • 4 tbsp butter

  • ¼ cup heavy cream

  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  • Add butter and olive oil to a large skillet on medium heat.

  • Sauté onions, carrots, mushrooms, celery, and garlic until tender 7 to 10 minutes.

  • Season with salt and pepper, add tomato paste and mix evenly. Add the ground beef and brown, then add El Popular Chorizo and continue to cook.

  • Add Worcestershire sauce and beef stock for 10 minutes, stir in peas.

  • Adjust seasoning, transfer mixture to an oven proof baking dish and spread evenly. In the meantime, in another large pot add diced potatoes, cover with cold water and add salt.

  • Continue to boil until fork tender, drain, mash potatoes, and add butter and heavy cream. Season to taste.

  • Place potato mixture over beef mixture and spread evenly, rake through with fork so there are peaks that will brown nicely.

  • Sprinkle top with cheeses and bake until brown about 20 minutes. Spoon out pie and serve.

Chorizo 101

  • Chorizo is a spicy sausage believed to have come from Ancient Rome and later adopted by the Spaniards who brought it to Mexico.

  • Unlike Spanish Chorizo — Mexican style is soft, raw, uncured, and uncooked.

  • Similar to how Americans view bacon, Chorizo is a versatile ingredient one can use to enhance any dish!

Directions

  • Remove casing from Chorizo links.

  • Place desired amount in a non-stick skillet.

  • Break-up Chorizo while cooking at medium heat.

  • Sauté for 7-8 minutes until the Chorizo is fully cooked or the internal temperature has reached 165 degrees (F).

  • Enjoy on or in any dish.

Chorizo 101

  • Chorizo is a spicy sausage believed to have come from Ancient Rome and later adopted by the Spaniards who brought it to Mexico.

  • Unlike Spanish Chorizo — Mexican style is soft and comes raw, uncured, and uncooked.

  • Similar to how Americans view bacon, Chorizo is a versatile ingredient one can use to enhance any dish!

Directions

  • Remove casing from Chorizo links.

  • Place desired amount in a non-stick skillet.

  • Break-up Chorizo while cooking at medium heat.

  • Sauté for 7-8 minutes until the Chorizo is fully cooked or the internal temperature has reached 165 degrees (F).

  • Enjoy on or in any dish.

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