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Roasted Green Chile Pastel de Papa (Shepherd's Pie)

Roasted Green Chile Pastel de Papa is a Whole30, hearty meal with creamy, buttery mashed potatoes layered on top of a delicious ground beef and green chile mixture. 
Course Main Course
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Author Gemma from Everyday Latina


  • 3-4 medium russet potatoes
  • 2 tbsp clarified butter or ghee
  • 1 cup almond milk (see notes)
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/4 diced white onion
  • 2 diced garlic cloves
  • 2 diced carrots
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt (plus more for taste)
  • 3/4 tsp black pepper (plus more to taste)
  • 3-4 roasted and peeled green chiles (Anaheim, Pueblo or Hatch)
  • 1 diced jalapeño (optional, see notes)


Mashed Potatoes

  • Wash, peel, and quarter 3-4 medium russet potatoes. Place in a large pot of cold water and bring to a boil.
  • Simmer the potatoes until they are fork-tender, about 20-25 minutes.  Drain the water and place the potatoes in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add the ghee, 1/2 cup of almond milk, 1 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper to the potatoes. Mash the potatoes with a potato masher (or immersion blender for extra creamy mashed potatoes). Continue to add as much of the other half cup of almond milk until you have a smooth and creamy consistency.

Ground Beef Filling

  • Preheat your oven to 375°F.
  • Return the same pot used to boil the potatoes to the stove and place on medium heat. 
  • Add in one pound of ground beef. Brown the meat and break it up as it cooks using a wooden spoon.
  • When the meat is still slightly pink, add the diced onion, garlic, and carrots. Season with a 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper (or season to your liking). Continue to cook for another 8 minutes.
  • Dice the peeled roasted green chiles. (See notes.)
  • Cook for another 4-5 minutes until meat is cooked through and carrots are slightly tender. Taste for seasoning and adjust salt and pepper as needed.
  • Add the meat mixture to a medium baking dish (about 2.5 quarts) and spread evenly throughout the bottom. Spoon the mashed potatoes all over the top and carefully spread until all the meat mixture is covered.
  • Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes. You can turn the broil on during the last 3-4 minutes to let the top brown slightly.
  • Cut into slices and serve.


  • You may also use regular butter and milk if you are not following Whole30.
  • For a less spicier dish, remove the seeds and veins from the chiles when dicing them.
  • For an even spicier version, don't remove the seeds and veins plus add a diced jalapeño.