A layered casserole with a jalapeno-spiced ground beef filling topped by a cheddar mashed sweet potato crust. This packs a great blend of southwest flavors to help elevate the classic to a whole new level of deliciousness.
I don’t know how or why it happened but I’ve come to truly love sweet potatoes far more than their white cousins. They add a mildly sweet note that is nicely balanced against the savory filling.
Mixing sharp cheddar cheese, butter and heavy cream into them makes them super rich, soft and creamy so they all but melt in your mouth.
The filling can be made with the traditional ground lamb or beef and includes tomatoes, jalapenos, chili powder, oregano and cumin. The mild heat of the jalapenos can easily be kicked up a notch if you’re looking for something spicier.
There’s an extra layer of cheese in between the filling and potatoes because southwest food, to me, means gooey, cheesy goodness. It’s not too much. I swear.
This is comfort food dressed to the nines.