Western Shepherd's Pie

Western Shepherd's Pie

Courtesy of Idaho Potato Commission 8 Servings • 20 Min. Prep Time • 8 Hrs. Cook Time


1/2 onion, chopped
1-1/2 lb. boneless skinless chicken thighs
1 (15.5 oz.) can white cannelini beans, drained and rinsed
1 (11-oz.) can corn, canned
1-1/2 c. medium heat green salsa, divided
1 (4.5 oz.) chopped green chilies, medium heat
2 tsp. minced garlic
1-1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/3 c. chopped fresh cilantro
2 large Idaho® Russet potatoes
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 c. sour cream


1. Place chopped onion on the bottom of a 12-c. or larger Crockpot. Add chicken thighs, beans and corn. In a small bowl, mix together 1 c. salsa, chilies, garlic and cumin. Pour over top. Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hrs.

2. Remove chicken pieces to a plate and using two forks, pull the meat into bite-sized pieces. Return meat to pot. Stir in cilantro.

3. Peel potatoes, quarter, and place in a medium pan, add salt, cover with water and heat to boiling. Reduce heat and cook potatoes until fork-soft, about 10 min. Drain the potatoes and keep in pan.

4. At this point, move one oven rack to 6-in. from broiler, and the other to the bottom rung. Turn broiler to high. Place a 3 qt. casserole dish on the bottom rack to heat up while you prepare the potatoes.

5. To the drained potatoes in the pot, add sour cream and remaining 1/2 c. salsa. Using a measuring cup or soup ladle, scoop a half-cup of liquid from the chili, add to potatoes and mash quickly with an electric beater. Continue to add chili liquid to the potatoes a little at a time until whipped creamy. Stir in shredded cheese.

6. Remove casserole dish from oven, scoop the chili into the hot dish, top with mashed potatoes and use a fork to spread the potatoes to seal to the edge, then place about under the broiler for at least 5 min., watching carefully to not over-brown. Serve immediately.

Recipe courtesy of Patti Londre,www.WorthTheWhisk.com