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Sloppy Joe Shepherd's Pie

How to make a sloppy joe shepherd's pie with ground beef, mashed potatoes, and cheese. Comfort food casserole recipe perfect for dinner!
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Course: Dinner Ideas, Main Dish - Casserole
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 425kcal
Author: Mel Lockcuff

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon bacon grease (or olive oil)
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion minced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 2 cups frozen corn
  • 4 cups mashed potatoes
  • 3/4 cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • 3/4 cup Monterey Jack cheese shredded

Instructions

  • Pre-heat the oven to 350° F.
  • Heat the bacon grease, or olive oil, in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Then add in the garlic and sauté for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add the onion in with the garlic and sauté for another 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the ground beef into the skillet, stirring the onions and garlic into the meat. Cook on medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the meat is well cooked. Drain off any excess oil when the meat has finished cooking.
  • Mix the ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and brown sugar into the meat, stirring until combined. Let this mixture simmer for at least 5 minutes.
  • Layer the sloppy joe meat in the bottom of the skillet or a 9x13 baking dish.
  • Next add a layer of corn.
  • Now add a good thick layer of mashed potatoes.
  • Finally, add the shredded cheese as the top layer.
  • Bake the casserole at 350° F for 20 to 30 minutes, or until the mixture is heated through and bubbly, and the cheese is melted.

Notes

*I recommend using bacon grease for the added flavor it will give to the meat mixture. But if you don't have bacon grease, no worries; you can also use butter or olive oil.
*You can use frozen corn, canned corn, or creamed corn. Either one is delicious, but depending which one you use, it may change the nutritional counts for this recipe. Also, keep in mind, frozen corn will be a bit crisper, and I actually prefer the flavor of frozen over canned.
How should I store any leftover casserole?
Scoop it into an airtight container with a lid (or cover with plastic wrap), and store it in the fridge. It should keep for 3 to 4 days.
Can I freeze sloppy joe mashed potato casserole?
Yes, you can. You can make it ahead of time, allow it to cool, cover it well, and freeze it for a later time. If you're going to freeze it, I'd suggest baking it in a 9×13 baking dish with an airtight lid. It should freeze well for about a month.
How do I re-heat it?
When you're ready to eat it, just remove it from the freezer ahead of time, and place it in the fridge to thaw. Then re-heat in the oven at 350° F, with a foil cover so the cheese doesn't brown. It may take 30 to 45 minutes for it to heat thru.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 425kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 628mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g
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