I have been sadly neglecting this journal and I will cook things and even take pictures, intending to post them...but then forget. So, today, my goal is to get at least one recipe up and hopefully get two more posted this week (in between working on taxes).First on the menu is a Mexican-inspired Shepherd's Pie. This recipe arose from needing to find a use for the leftover tamale dough in my freezer.Ingredients2 cups Masa dough (prepare according to package instructions)1 lb. Hamburger1/2 Onion, diced1 cup Tomato, chopped1 cup Refried beans1/4 cup Peppers, diced (whichever kind you prefer)1/2 cup Cheese, grated (we like co-jack around here)1 tbsp. fresh Cilantro, diced1 tbsp. fresh Oregano, diced1 tbsp. Paprika2 tbsp. Cumin powderSalt and PepperDirectionsPre-heat oven to 350F.Saute the hamburger until brown, drain.While cooking, prepare the masa dough according to package instructions.When hamburger is cooked, add in onions and cook for five minutes. Add in peppers, spices and seasonings, tossing until all is coated. Remove from heat.Spread refried beans in the bottom of a 2 1/2 quart baking dish.Spoon seasoned meat mixture on top of beans.Sprinkle cheese over meat mixture.Add tomatoes over top.Spread masa dough over entire pan.Cover dish with lid and place in preheated oven.Bake for about 30 minutes, until dough is light and fluffy and mixture is bubbly.Allow to cool slightly and serve with favorite hot sauce.
That looks tasty. I bet it would work with chipotle peppers, too.
... and since it's beef, you could call it casita pie (casita= as close as Spanish gets to "cottage").