Gluten-Free Mexican Style Shepherd’s Pie

I definitely tossed the cubed potatoes into the air fryer to shorten my cooking time. We were hungry, sue me.

I almost never make things that are gluten-free (hi, pasta!), and after having dinner with a dear friend that eats gluten-free as much as possible, I figured I needed to skip the pasta and bring back potatoes. This means that it’s not a low carb dish, but what can you do?

My husband informed me that this dish is heavy. By that he meant you should only serve this on days you don’t intend to move around much after eating. You may feel like a half casserole pan is too small, but I assure you, you really don’t need a full pan of this stuff. The Husband was right, we didn’t move from the couch for hours after eating.


  • 1 lb ground chuck, I used lean and avoided draining. Whatever will I do with my extra 1 minute?
  • 4 oz shredded “Mexican style” cheese
  • 2 medium sized baking potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1/4 of a yellow onion, minced not diced, otherwise your onion hating husband will complain.
  • 1 clove of minced garlic
  • 1 packet of McCormick gluten free taco seasoning
  • 1 cup of beef broth
  • S&P
  • Optional, chopped green onion and sour cream for topping

Scramble your ground chuck over medium heat until browned and then add the onion and garlic. If you do this is an oven safe pot, a casserole dish is unnecessary. Let your onion start to soften (5 minutes), and mix in your taco seasoning and beef broth.

I didn’t have any of those super handy frozen cubed hash browns on hand, so I used two baking potatoes and cheated with the air fryer to cut down cook time. Peeled, cubed, S&P, olive oil, and 400 degrees for 12 minutes. (If you use frozen potatoes cook the whole casserole for around 20 minutes before broiling.)

If you’re smart, you’ll have cooked up your ground beef mixture in an oven safe pot and you can directly add a layer of cheese, then potatoes, then the rest of the cheese and heave it into the oven. I, on the other hand, managed to get multiple pots and appliances dirty to make one small casserole. What can I say? It’s a gift. 400 degrees for around 12 minutes and then light that baby up with the broiler to brown your cheese.

Is there anything better than browned cheese? Survey says… there is not.

I did add some sour cream to my bowl and it really didn’t add anything to the dish for me. Next time I’ll thinly slice some green onions for texture.