Chili Mac and Cheese Recipe

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Chili Mac and Cheese on a plate with fork.  This Recipe has creamy and cheesy pasta topped with smokey, tangy, savory beef chili! #macandcheese #chilirecipes

This Chili Mac and Cheese Recipe is a no-apologies meal that layers indulgence on top of indulgence and then garnishes with a bit more indulgence.  It has a super creamy and cheesy curly pasta on the bottom that lays a perfect foundation.  Then it’s topped with smokey, tangy, savory beef chili filled with tomatoes, onions, and carrots for layers of sweet and savory flavors.  Both the mac and cheese and the chili are super easy to make.  They can be made ahead and then reheated, making them great for weeknight dinners. 

This recipe is also a great one to make directly from your freezer and pantry!  The chili can be cooked ahead and frozen to pull out, warm, and add to mac and cheese any time you want!  Click here to get lots more Freezer Hacks to make easy dinners!

Scooping Chili out of pot for Chili Mac and Cheese. This Recipe has creamy and cheesy pasta topped with smokey, tangy, savory beef chili! #macandcheese #chilirecipes

Substitutes – Because you don’t have time to worry!

With our crazy schedules and limited time, you sometimes have to make do with whatever you have in the house, so here are your swaps and substitutes!

Chili Subs

  • Ground Beef – you can easily sub with ground turkey or chicken here!  I use 90% lean beef, but you can use any fat content.  You can also ADD chorizo or ground pork.
  • Seasonings – Feel free to use a Chili Spice mix you like, just taste for salt and pepper.  Paprika and Cayenne are optional, but I find they really boost the smokiness and give a bit of heat.  You can also add more of both of these!
  • Veggies – I use mirepoix for this recipe – onion, carrot, and celery – which bring the right amount of sugar and flavor.  You could eliminate the carrot and celery, but the onion is a must as it brings so much flavor!  You can also add in green or red pepper!

Mac and Cheese Subs

  • Pasta – I suggest using a short-cut curly pasta, such as Rotini, Fusilli,  or Riccioli.  These will hold the cheese and chili in every nook and cranny.  You can also use tube-cut pastas, such as Penne, Rigatti, or even elbows.  Frankly, any pasta will taste great, if you don’t have any of these!
  • Cheese – I prefer to shred my own aged cheddar for homemade mac and cheese.  I find that a little goes a long way for deep cheesy flavor and it melts perfectly smooth and creamy!  Any cheddar you have on hand can be used for shredding.  You could also use Fontina, Monterey Jack.  You can also use a pre-shredded cheese.

Here are a couple other comforting family dinners to try:  Shell Pasta with Italian Chicken Sausage and Kale  or Easy Cottage Pie with Beef & Chorizo!

Chili Mac and Cheese on a plate with fork. This Recipe has creamy and cheesy pasta topped with smokey, tangy, savory beef chili! #macandcheese #chilirecipes

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EQUIPMENT NEEDED

You need 2 pots for this recipe, unless you make the Chili a day or more ahead. For the Chili, you need a large (5-6 quart) pot with lid that can go from the stove to the oven. My prized possession dutch oven was perfect for this! Or any good quality enameled cast iron 5-6 quart dutch oven with lid is great. For the pasta, any large pot to boil the water and cook the pasta will work!

PREP-AHEAD FOR YOUR CHILI MAC AND CHEESE RECIPE

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit… (Full recipe below!) 

For this recipe, you can either just prep the veggies and seasonings or make the Chili entirely ahead, as it reheats perfectly!  In fact, you can make it months ahead and freeze too!

For the veggies…Dice the onion, carrots, and celery. Remove the skin and mince the garlic cloves. 

Diced onion, celery, and carrots Chili Mac and Cheese. This Recipe has creamy and cheesy pasta topped with smokey, tangy, savory beef chili! #macandcheese #chilirecipes

Measure out your seasonings and spices, Chili Powder, Cumin, Salt, Pepper, Cayenne Pepper, and Paprika.

Spices for Chili Mac and Cheese. This Recipe has creamy and cheesy pasta topped with smokey, tangy, savory beef chili! #macandcheese #chilirecipes

If your cheese is not shredded, you can also shred that ahead of time.

At this point, you can either make the chili in advance and store it in the fridge/freezer or you can stop for today and pick up cooking in the next couple days! 

COOK YOUR CHILI! 

Preheat your dutch oven or large pot (with lid) on high. Drizzle in a tsp of Olive Oil and then add the ground beef to the pot, breaking it apart so that it can all cook evenly. Let it brown without touching it for 4-5 minutes. Once you see the pink starting to disappear, you can stir the meat so that it browns and cooks on all sides.

Beef cooking in pot for Chili Mac and Cheese. This Recipe has creamy and cheesy pasta topped with smokey, tangy, savory beef chili! #macandcheese #chilirecipes

When the meat is fully browned, add the garlic, carrots, onions, and celery. Stir to combine and start to cook the veggies. Cook for 5 minutes.

Veggies and beef in pot for Chili Mac and Cheese. This Recipe has creamy and cheesy pasta topped with smokey, tangy, savory beef chili! #macandcheese #chilirecipes

Next add the Seasonings, broth, diced tomatoes and the tomato paste. Stir to combine and bring to a simmer. Stir again and then cover and simmer for 20-60 minutes stirring every 10-15 minutes. (The longer you cook this, the more the ingredients will meld together and become one amazing chili!)

Diced tomatoes and beef in pot for Chili Mac and Cheese. This Recipe has creamy and cheesy pasta topped with smokey, tangy, savory beef chili! #macandcheese #chilirecipes

Adding tomato paste to chili pot for Chili Mac and Cheese. This Recipe has creamy and cheesy pasta topped with smokey, tangy, savory beef chili! #macandcheese #chilirecipes

COOK YOUR MAC AND CHEESE 

For the pasta, I recommend a short curly variety, such as Rotini, Fusilli, or this fun Riccioli.

Boil the pasta until al dente (about 5-10 minutes depending on the pasta). Remove 1 cup of the pasta water and then drain the pasta. Leave the pasta in the strainer or transfer to a large mixing bowl until the sauce is ready.

In a small pot or in the microwave, warm up the milk (do not boil).

Make your roux by adding 2 tbsp of butter and 2 tbsp of flour to a preheated pan (heated to medium, not high heat). Whisk the butter and flour together as the butter melts.

Butter and flour in pot for Chili Mac and Cheese. This Recipe has creamy and cheesy pasta topped with smokey, tangy, savory beef chili! #macandcheese #chilirecipes

Once they are fully combined, slowly pour in the milk, whisking the entire time to incorporate it into the roux and prevent lumps from forming.  Bring the sauce up to a simmer so that it starts to thicken.  You can test the sauce by coating the back of a spoon and running your finger through it.  If it leaves a trail, you’re set.

Adding slurry to roux for Chili Mac and Cheese. This Recipe has creamy and cheesy pasta topped with smokey, tangy, savory beef chili! #macandcheese #chilirecipes

sauce with whisk and spoon for Chili Mac and Cheese. This Recipe has creamy and cheesy pasta topped with smokey, tangy, savory beef chili! #macandcheese #chilirecipes

When the sauce is thickened, stir in the cheese until you have a smooth cheese sauce.

Adding cheese to sauce for Chili Mac and Cheese. This Recipe has creamy and cheesy pasta topped with smokey, tangy, savory beef chili! #macandcheese #chilirecipes

Whisking cheese sauce for Chili Mac and Cheese. This Recipe has creamy and cheesy pasta topped with smokey, tangy, savory beef chili! #macandcheese #chilirecipes

Either add the pasta to the sauce or pour the sauce over the pasta in a bowl and fold it in to coat each pasta.

Pouring Cheese sauce over pasta for Chili Mac and Cheese. This Recipe has creamy and cheesy pasta topped with smokey, tangy, savory beef chili! #macandcheese #chilirecipes

Mixed Mac and Cheese for Chili Mac and Cheese. This Recipe has creamy and cheesy pasta topped with smokey, tangy, savory beef chili! #macandcheese #chilirecipes

To serve, simply add a heaping scoop of mac and cheese to each plate, then top with an equally heaping scoop of chili! Sprinkle cheese on top and dig in!

ENJOY!  😍 Carrie

Ladling Chili over Mac and Cheese on a plate. This Recipe has creamy and cheesy pasta topped with smokey, tangy, savory beef chili! #macandcheese #chilirecipes

Beef Chili Mac and Cheese Recipe

This Chili Mac and Cheese Recipe is a no-apologies meal that layers indulgence on top of indulgence and then garnishes with a bit more indulgence.  It has creamy and cheesy pasta topped with smokey, tangy, savory beef chili.  Both the mac and cheese and the chili are super easy to make.  They can be made ahead and then reheated, making them great for weeknight dinners.  #macandcheese #chilirecipes #familydinnerideas #easydinners #comfortfood

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chili, easy dinner, ground beef, Mac and cheese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

Chili

  • 1 lb ground lean beef, 90% lean raised without antibiotics
  • 1 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup onion
  • 1/2 cup carrots
  • 1/2 cup celery
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp chili Powder
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 2 tbsp Tomato Paste
  • 28 oz Diced Tomatoes (whole peeled tomatoes in sauce or crushed tomatoes are fine too.)
  • 1 cup beef or chicken broth (vegetable stock is fine too)

Mac and Cheese

  • 10 oz Dry Curly Pasta
  • 2 tbsp All-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp Salted Butter
  • 1.5 cups Milk warmed
  • 4-6 oz Shredded Cheddar
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper

Instructions

Prep Ahead Steps

  1. Dice the onion, carrots, and celery. Remove the skin and mince the garlic cloves.

    Diced onion, celery, and carrots Chili Mac and Cheese. This Recipe has creamy and cheesy pasta topped with smokey, tangy, savory beef chili! #macandcheese #chilirecipes
  2. Measure out your seasonings and spices, Chili Powder, Cumin, Salt, Pepper, Cayenne Pepper, and Paprika.

    Spices for Chili Mac and Cheese. This Recipe has creamy and cheesy pasta topped with smokey, tangy, savory beef chili! #macandcheese #chilirecipes
  3. If your cheese is not shredded, you can also shred that ahead of time.

  4. At this point, you can either make the chili in advance and store it in the fridge/freezer or you can stop for today and pick up cooking in the next couple days!

Cook your Chili

  1. Preheat your dutch oven or large pot (with lid) on high. Drizzle in a tsp of Olive Oil and then add the ground beef to the pot, breaking it apart so that it can all cook evenly. Let it brown without touching it for 4-5 minutes. Once you see the pink starting to disappear, you can stir the meat so that it browns and cooks on all sides.

    Beef cooking in pot for Chili Mac and Cheese. This Recipe has creamy and cheesy pasta topped with smokey, tangy, savory beef chili! #macandcheese #chilirecipes
  2. When the meat is fully browned, add the garlic, carrots, onions, and celery. Stir to combine and start to cook the veggies. Cook for 5 minutes.

    Veggies and beef in pot for Chili Mac and Cheese. This Recipe has creamy and cheesy pasta topped with smokey, tangy, savory beef chili! #macandcheese #chilirecipes
  3. Next add the Seasonings, broth, diced tomatoes and the tomato paste. Stir to combine and bring to a simmer. Stir again and then cover and simmer for 20-60 minutes stirring every 10-15 minutes. (The longer you cook this, the more the ingredients will meld together and become one amazing chili!)

    Adding tomato paste to chili pot for Chili Mac and Cheese. This Recipe has creamy and cheesy pasta topped with smokey, tangy, savory beef chili! #macandcheese #chilirecipes

Cook your Mac and Cheese

  1. Boil a large pot of water for the pasta. Once the pasta water is boiling, add a splash of Olive Oil and a pinch of salt. Add the pasta and stir so that it's all immersed in the water and doesn't stick it itself. Boil the pasta until al dente (about 5-10 minutes depending on the pasta). Remove 1 cup of the pasta water and then drain the pasta. Leave the pasta in the strainer or transfer to a large mixing bowl until the sauce is ready.

  2. In a small pot or in the microwave, warm up the milk (do not boil).

  3. Make your roux by adding 2 tbsp of butter and 2 tbsp of flour to a preheated pan (heated to medium, not high heat). Whisk the butter and flour together as the butter melts. Once they are fully combined, slowly pour in the milk, whisking the entire time to incorporate it into the roux and prevent lumps from forming.

    Adding slurry to roux for Chili Mac and Cheese. This Recipe has creamy and cheesy pasta topped with smokey, tangy, savory beef chili! #macandcheese #chilirecipes
  4. Bring the sauce up to a simmer so that it starts to thicken.  You can test the sauce by coating the back of a spoon and running your finger through it.  If it leaves a trail, you're set.

    sauce with whisk and spoon for Chili Mac and Cheese. This Recipe has creamy and cheesy pasta topped with smokey, tangy, savory beef chili! #macandcheese #chilirecipes
  5. When the sauce is thickened, stir in the cheese until you have a smooth cheese sauce.

    Adding cheese to sauce for Chili Mac and Cheese. This Recipe has creamy and cheesy pasta topped with smokey, tangy, savory beef chili! #macandcheese #chilirecipes
  6. Either add the pasta to the sauce or pour the sauce over the pasta in a bowl and fold it in to coat each pasta

    Pouring Cheese sauce over pasta for Chili Mac and Cheese. This Recipe has creamy and cheesy pasta topped with smokey, tangy, savory beef chili! #macandcheese #chilirecipes

Serve!

  1. Simply add a heaping scoop of mac and cheese to each plate, then top with an equally heaping scoop of chili! Sprinkle cheese on top and dig in!

    Ladling Chili over Mac and Cheese on a plate. This Recipe has creamy and cheesy pasta topped with smokey, tangy, savory beef chili! #macandcheese #chilirecipes

Easy Cottage Pie Recipe with Chorizo!

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This Easy Cottage Pie recipe is smokey, salty, and utterly delicious!  My recipe is a mashup of English and Spanish flavors.  First, I’ve added Spanish Chorizo to ground beef, which has fantastic smokey paprika that gives a smokey and peppery bite.  The beef and chorizo are cooked in a rich and savory gravy filled with veggies and herbs.  On top of all this goodness are potatoes loaded with flavor!  My recipe adds manchego, parmesan, and garlic to the potatoes so they’re incredibly creamy, cheesy, and flavorful.  In the oven, the potatoes get toasty and crispy – perfection!

A Cottage Pie recipe is similar to Shepherd’s Pie, but has ground beef vs. lamb.  But either one is also a great way to use up any leftovers you have!  You can use leftover mashed potatoes, any veggies, and really any meat that you have…shredded or ground chicken, ground beef, even shredded pork.  Want more leftover protein dinner ideas?  Check out this freebie printable: 30 Leftover Protein Dinner Ideas!

Potatoes Can be Good For You!

I grew up eating lots of potatoes in the midwest.  My Mom made them for dinner a few times a week.  We would have baked, roasted slices, grilled, pan fried, and butter and chive potatoes.  With my kids, I have not made potatoes as much, so much of their experience with potatoes has been as fries.  Obviously, fries are not the healthiest of potato options, so we can tend to think of potatoes as unhealthy.

However, potatoes are a great source for vitamins and minerals!  They have fiber, protein, Vitamin C, B6, Potassium, and more!  They also have antioxidants that are important because they can fight free radicals. Free radicals can increase the risk of chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes and cancer.  For more benefits of potatoes, check out this article from Healthline.com!

Here are some other delicious Potato Recipes to try!

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WHY CHORIZO?

I added Chorizo to this recipe for 2 reasons. First, my husband and I LOVE chorizo! His family is from Portugal and he spent every summer there growing up. So, he had a lot of Chorizo which is so prevalent in Spain and Portugal. His family turned me on and I’ve never looked back.

Second, I wanted to find a way to add more flavor and spice to this very traditional dish. NOT hot spice, just flavor. The paprika that is in Chorizo is perfect! It’s smokey and peppery and brings in a whole new level of deep wonderful flavor that contrasts so well with the creamy potatoes.

BUT, you can definitely leave the chorizo out! Just replace it with (1) another .5 lb of lean beef or (2) more veggies.

EQUIPMENT NEEDED

You need a large skillet/frying pan for making the veggies, meat, and sauce. I use my absolute favorite 12″ Ceramic Pan, which is great because food really does slide right off with minimal oil and I don’t have to worry about food sticking and burning.  It comes with a glass lid, which is perfect for watching your dinner cook!

You also need a 3-quart Casserole Dish for baking and a sheet pan for setting the casserole dish on in case the shepherd’s pie bubbles over.

PREP-AHEAD TO MAKE YOUR EASY COTTAGE PIE RECIPE

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit… (See the recipe below for more details) 

Please don’t let the number of ingredients in this Cottage Pie Recipe scare you off, I promise it’s super easy!  Everything goes into the skillet and then the casserole dish, so there are really 3 major steps.

  1. Make the Mashed potatoes
  2. Make the filling
  3. Combine everything in the casserole dish & bake

Make the Mashed Potatoes

Peel the potatoes and keep them in cold water until all are peeled and cut. Cut them into small 1 inch size pieces so they cook faster. Put potatoes into a large pot of water (with an strainer insert if you have it). Add 2 tbsp of Salt to the water. Cover with a lid and bring to a boil (about 8-10 minutes). Boil for 5 minutes or until the potatoes are fork tender.Cutting raw potatoes for Cottage Pie recipe.  It has Spanish Chorizo and ground beef cooked in a rich and savory gravy with veggies and herbs.  Creamy mashed potatoes sit on top with manchego, parmesan, and garlic. #dinnerideas #cottagepie #shepherdspie

Adding water to cut potatoes for Cottage Pie recipe.  It has Spanish Chorizo and ground beef cooked in a rich and savory gravy with veggies and herbs.  Creamy mashed potatoes sit on top with manchego, parmesan, and garlic. #dinnerideas #cottagepie #shepherdspie

Adding salt to water with potatoes for Cottage Pie recipe.  It has Spanish Chorizo and ground beef cooked in a rich and savory gravy with veggies and herbs.  Creamy mashed potatoes sit on top with manchego, parmesan, and garlic. #dinnerideas #cottagepie #shepherdspie

Fork in cooked potato for Cottage Pie recipe.  It has Spanish Chorizo and ground beef cooked in a rich and savory gravy with veggies and herbs.  Creamy mashed potatoes sit on top with manchego, parmesan, and garlic. #dinnerideas #cottagepie #shepherdspie

While the potatoes are cooking, chop the parsley, dice the carrots, dice the celery, slice the scallions.

Diced carrots for Cottage Pie recipe.  It has Spanish Chorizo and ground beef cooked in a rich and savory gravy with veggies and herbs.  Creamy mashed potatoes sit on top with manchego, parmesan, and garlic. #dinnerideas #cottagepie #shepherdspie

Sliced scallions for Cottage Pie recipe.  It has Spanish Chorizo and ground beef cooked in a rich and savory gravy with veggies and herbs.  Creamy mashed potatoes sit on top with manchego, parmesan, and garlic. #dinnerideas #cottagepie #shepherdspie

Diced celery for Cottage Pie recipe.  It has Spanish Chorizo and ground beef cooked in a rich and savory gravy with veggies and herbs.  Creamy mashed potatoes sit on top with manchego, parmesan, and garlic. #dinnerideas #cottagepie #shepherdspie

You can also remove the casing from the chorizo and break it up into small rough pieces with your hands, fork, or knife.Remove casing from chorizo for Cottage Pie recipe.  It has Spanish Chorizo and ground beef cooked in a rich and savory gravy with veggies and herbs.  Creamy mashed potatoes sit on top with manchego, parmesan, and garlic. #dinnerideas #cottagepie #shepherdspie

break apart the chorizo for Cottage Pie recipe.  It has Spanish Chorizo and ground beef cooked in a rich and savory gravy with veggies and herbs.  Creamy mashed potatoes sit on top with manchego, parmesan, and garlic. #dinnerideas #cottagepie #shepherdspie 

When the potatoes are soft and slide off the fork or break apart easily, drain the potatoes and add back to the pot for smashing. Add 1 cup of milk and smash with a potato masher. Add garlic powder, onion powder, ground black pepper, manchego cheese, and parmesan and stir to combine. Taste for seasoning and add a tsp of salt or more if needed. Finally stir in a tbsp of chopped parsley.

Mashing potatoes for Cottage Pie recipe.  It has Spanish Chorizo and ground beef cooked in a rich and savory gravy with veggies and herbs.  Creamy mashed potatoes sit on top with manchego, parmesan, and garlic. #dinnerideas #cottagepie #shepherdspie

Adding cheese to mashed potatoes for Cottage Pie recipe.  It has Spanish Chorizo and ground beef cooked in a rich and savory gravy with veggies and herbs.  Creamy mashed potatoes sit on top with manchego, parmesan, and garlic. #dinnerideas #cottagepie #shepherdspie

Mashed potatoes for Cottage Pie recipe.  It has Spanish Chorizo and ground beef cooked in a rich and savory gravy with veggies and herbs.  Creamy mashed potatoes sit on top with manchego, parmesan, and garlic. #dinnerideas #cottagepie #shepherdspie

Make the Filling

Preheat a large (12 inch) skillet or saute pan.  Add 2 tsp Olive Oil and the carrots and celery. Stir to coat in oil and then spread out into an even layer, cooking for about 4-5 minutes.  Add the scallions, garlic, beef, and broken up chorizo. Mix everything and cook the beef until it is all browned or cooked through (no longer pink).

Veggies in skillet cooking for Cottage Pie recipe.  It has Spanish Chorizo and ground beef cooked in a rich and savory gravy with veggies and herbs.  Creamy mashed potatoes sit on top with manchego, parmesan, and garlic. #dinnerideas #cottagepie #shepherdspie

Beef, Chorizo, and veggies in skillet for Cottage Pie recipe.  It has Spanish Chorizo and ground beef cooked in a rich and savory gravy with veggies and herbs.  Creamy mashed potatoes sit on top with manchego, parmesan, and garlic. #dinnerideas #cottagepie #shepherdspie

Beef, Chorizo, and veggies in skillet for Cottage Pie recipe.  It has Spanish Chorizo and ground beef cooked in a rich and savory gravy with veggies and herbs.  Creamy mashed potatoes sit on top with manchego, parmesan, and garlic. #dinnerideas #cottagepie #shepherdspie

Beef filling in pan for Cottage Pie recipe.  It has Spanish Chorizo and ground beef cooked in a rich and savory gravy with veggies and herbs.  Creamy mashed potatoes sit on top with manchego, parmesan, and garlic. #dinnerideas #cottagepie #shepherdspie

While the beef is cooking, make the cornstarch slurry by mixing 2 tbsp of cornstarch with 1/4 cup cold water.Cornstarch slurry for Cottage Pie recipe.  It has Spanish Chorizo and ground beef cooked in a rich and savory gravy with veggies and herbs.  Creamy mashed potatoes sit on top with manchego, parmesan, and garlic. #dinnerideas #cottagepie #shepherdspie

Add the salt, pepper, thyme, tomato paste, and Worcestershire Sauce. Mix to combine.  Add the chicken broth and the cornstarch slurry. Stir until it starts to thicken, then cover and simmer on low for 8-10 minutes.Beef filling in pan for Cottage Pie recipe.  It has Spanish Chorizo and ground beef cooked in a rich and savory gravy with veggies and herbs.  Creamy mashed potatoes sit on top with manchego, parmesan, and garlic. #dinnerideas #cottagepie #shepherdspie

Beef filling in pan for Cottage Pie recipe.  It has Spanish Chorizo and ground beef cooked in a rich and savory gravy with veggies and herbs.  Creamy mashed potatoes sit on top with manchego, parmesan, and garlic. #dinnerideas #cottagepie #shepherdspie

Spread the filling out into a 3-quart casserole dish and mix in the corn kernels.  Now start to spread the mashed potatoes around the top starting with the outside and working your way into the center.

Beef filling in pan for Cottage Pie recipe.  It has Spanish Chorizo and ground beef cooked in a rich and savory gravy with veggies and herbs.  Creamy mashed potatoes sit on top with manchego, parmesan, and garlic. #dinnerideas #cottagepie #shepherdspie

Covering filling with potatoes for Cottage Pie recipe.  It has Spanish Chorizo and ground beef cooked in a rich and savory gravy with veggies and herbs.  Creamy mashed potatoes sit on top with manchego, parmesan, and garlic. #dinnerideas #cottagepie #shepherdspie

Covering filling with potatoes for Cottage Pie recipe.  It has Spanish Chorizo and ground beef cooked in a rich and savory gravy with veggies and herbs.  Creamy mashed potatoes sit on top with manchego, parmesan, and garlic. #dinnerideas #cottagepie #shepherdspie

Covering filling with potatoes for Cottage Pie recipe.  It has Spanish Chorizo and ground beef cooked in a rich and savory gravy with veggies and herbs.  Creamy mashed potatoes sit on top with manchego, parmesan, and garlic. #dinnerideas #cottagepie #shepherdspieTIP!  IF you want those beautiful toasty parts on the potatoes, make sure you create peaks and valleys in the potatoes with your spoon.  If the potatoes are completely smoothed out, you won’t get those delicious browned points. 

At this point, you can store the casserole in the fridge or move on to baking it. 

COOK YOUR EASY COTTAGE PIE RECIPE

Bake the casserole in a 400 F degree oven on the center rack sitting in a large sheet pan.  The sheet pan is to protect your oven by catching any of the filling that may bubble over.Cottage Pie recipe cooking in oven.  It has Spanish Chorizo and ground beef cooked in a rich and savory gravy with veggies and herbs.  Creamy mashed potatoes sit on top with manchego, parmesan, and garlic. #dinnerideas #cottagepie #shepherdspie

When the top is starting to brown, take the Shepherd’s Pie out and let is rest for about 5-10 minutes. 

Cooked Cottage Pie recipe.  It has Spanish Chorizo and ground beef cooked in a rich and savory gravy with veggies and herbs.  Creamy mashed potatoes sit on top with manchego, parmesan, and garlic. #dinnerideas #cottagepie #shepherdspie

You can toss a quick side salad during this time. Serve and enjoy! 😍 Carrie

Piece of Cottage Pie on plate with dish in back. This recipe has Spanish Chorizo and ground beef cooked in a rich and savory gravy with veggies and herbs.  Creamy mashed potatoes sit on top with manchego, parmesan, and garlic. #dinnerideas #cottagepie #shepherdspie

Spatula in Cottage Pie in casserole dish. This recipe has Spanish Chorizo and ground beef cooked in a rich and savory gravy with veggies and herbs.  Creamy mashed potatoes sit on top with manchego, parmesan, and garlic. #dinnerideas #cottagepie #shepherdspie
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Easy Cottage Pie with Chorizo

This Easy Cottage Pie recipe is smokey, salty, slightly sweet and utterly delicious!  It's a mashup of English and Spanish flavors with Spanish Chorizo and traditional ground beef cooked in a rich and savory gravy filled with veggies and herbs.  On top of all this goodness are potatoes with manchego, parmesan, and garlic making them incredibly creamy, cheesy, and flavorful. #dinnerideas #cottagepie #shepherdspie #familydinner

Course Main Course
Cuisine English, Spanish
Keyword Beef, chorizo, one pot, potato, potatoes
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

Mashed Potatoes

  • lbs Russet Potatoes
  • 3 tbsp Salt 2 tbsp for water, remaining as needed
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 1 cup Manchego Cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese, grated
  • 1 tbsp Italian Flat leaf Parsley, chopped
  • 1 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Onion Powder

Beef Filling

  • 2 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3 Carrots, medium (about 1.5 cups diced)
  • 2 Celery Stalks (about 1 cup diced)
  • 2 Scallions, sliced
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 lb Lean Ground Beef, raised w/o antibiotics
  • 6 oz Spanish Chorizo
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Thyme, dried
  • 1 tbsp Tomato Paste
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 cup Chicken Broth
  • 2 tbsp Cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup Cold Water
  • 1 cup Corn kernels

Instructions

Prep-Ahead Steps

  1. Make the Mashed Potatoes: Peel the potatoes and keep them in cold water until all are peeled and cut. Cut them into small 1 inch size pieces so they cook faster. Put potatoes into a large pot of water (with an strainer insert if you have it). Add 2 tbsp of Salt to the water. Cover with a lid and bring to a boil (about 8-10 minutes). Boil for 5 minutes or until the potatoes are fork tender.

    Cutting raw potatoes for Cottage Pie recipe. It has Spanish Chorizo and ground beef cooked in a rich and savory gravy with veggies and herbs.  Creamy mashed potatoes sit on top with manchego, parmesan, and garlic. #dinnerideas #cottagepie #shepherdspie
  2. While the potatoes are cooking, chop the parsley, dice the carrots, dice the celery, slice the scallions.

    Diced carrots for Cottage Pie recipe. It has Spanish Chorizo and ground beef cooked in a rich and savory gravy with veggies and herbs.  Creamy mashed potatoes sit on top with manchego, parmesan, and garlic. #dinnerideas #cottagepie #shepherdspie
  3. You can also remove the casing from the chorizo and break it up into small rough pices with your hands, fork, or knife.

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  4. When the potatoes are soft and slide off the fork or break apart easily, drain the potatoes and add back to the pot for smashing. Add 1 cup of milk and smash with a potato masher. Add garlic powder, onion powder, ground black pepper, manchego cheese, and parmesan and stir to combine. Taste for seasoning and add a tsp of salt or more if needed. Finally stir in a tbsp of chopped parsley.

  5. Preheat a large (10-12 inch) skillet or saute pan. Add 2 tsp Olive Oil and the carrots and celery. Stir to coat in oil and then spread out into an even layer, cooking for about 4-5 minutes.

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  6. Add the scallions, garlic, beef, and broken up chorizo. Mix everything and cook the beef until it is all browned or cooked through (no longer pink).

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  7. While the beef is cooking, make the cornstarch slurry by mixing 2 tbsp of cornstarch with 1/4 cup cold water.

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  8. Add the salt, pepper, thyme, tomato paste, and Worcestershire Sauce. Mix to combine.

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  9. Add the chicken broth and the cornstarch slurry. Stir until it starts to thicken, then cover and simmer on low for 8-10 minutes.

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  10. Spread the filling out into a 3-quart casserole dish and mix in the corn kernels.

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  11. Now start to spread the mashed potatoes around the top starting with the outside, spreading the potatoes right up against the side of the dish to seal the edge. Work your way into the center.

    Covering filling with potatoes for Cottage Pie recipe. It has Spanish Chorizo and ground beef cooked in a rich and savory gravy with veggies and herbs.  Creamy mashed potatoes sit on top with manchego, parmesan, and garlic. #dinnerideas #cottagepie #shepherdspie
  12. At this point, you can store the casserole in the fridge or move on to baking it.

    Covering filling with potatoes for Cottage Pie recipe. It has Spanish Chorizo and ground beef cooked in a rich and savory gravy with veggies and herbs.  Creamy mashed potatoes sit on top with manchego, parmesan, and garlic. #dinnerideas #cottagepie #shepherdspie

Cook

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F degrees.

  2. Bake the casserole on the center rack sitting in a large sheet pan that can catch any of the goodness that may bubble over.

    Cottage Pie recipe cooking in oven. It has Spanish Chorizo and ground beef cooked in a rich and savory gravy with veggies and herbs.  Creamy mashed potatoes sit on top with manchego, parmesan, and garlic. #dinnerideas #cottagepie #shepherdspie
  3. When the top is starting to brown, take the Shepherd's Pie out and let is rest for about 5-10 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

    Cooked Cottage Pie recipe. It has Spanish Chorizo and ground beef cooked in a rich and savory gravy with veggies and herbs.  Creamy mashed potatoes sit on top with manchego, parmesan, and garlic. #dinnerideas #cottagepie #shepherdspie

Recipe Notes

Reheating - reheat this in the oven with the cover off so that it stays crispy on top, not soggy.

Freezing - You can split this recipe into 2 smaller casseroles and freeze one for cooking later.  You will want to cook it from the frozen state, starting with a cover for 20 minutes (400F degrees) and then removing the cover for another 40 minutes or until the center is warmed through.

Replacing beef and chorizo - you can definitely replace with ground chicken or turkey.