Monday, September 26, 2016

Southwestern Mashed Potato Bowls

So my little one (my baby) wanted all her favorite flavors combined into one she says.  Now my little one is in college mind you, so when she is home, I am usually limited on time frames to make these "so called favorite meals" of hers.  

One of her favorite dishes is mashed potatoes.  You know, "mom's mashed potatoes", or as she says; "the best mashed potatoes ever"! They can be found  here:  MAKE AHEAD MASHED POTATOES
Then we have "chili", she loves meaty chili.   She also absolutely loves corn in her chili.  Now the rest of the family does not so I usually provide her with a  small dish of corn to add into her chili.  Then she says; "cheesy".  Now her idea of cheesy is literally "gooey" smothered in stringy (think pizza) cheesy goodness. 
That being said, my little one was asking all of this from me while I was working all day and wanted her "mama" to make them for her. 

So mom being mom, went about to deliver!  However, I cheated just a smidgen, well a lot to be honest.  I bought store bought mashed potatoes, and to be totally honest with you?  They rocked.  Seriously, who knew?  I mean these mashed potatoes resembled mine so much, the familia never suspected...
Bob Evans Original Mashed Potatoes

So the result of these bowls?  Were absolutely out of this world delicious! They not only rocked her world, they rocked mine!  I know!  

The bowls were creamy, bursting with southwestern flavor and the cheese topping?  Well let the amateur pictures speak the words...
See below.

Ready for the recipe?  Here we go;

Prep time:  30 minutes
Bake time:  45-50 minutes
Yield:  4 individual bowls

1lb ground beef
1 can (14.5 oz) canned corn, rinsed and drained
1 green pepper, diced
6 green onions, diced (or 1 medium onion diced)
2 Tbsp tomato paste
2 tbsp onion powder
1 tbsp garlic powder
1-1/2 tsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp Chipotle pepper powder 
1 tsp salt
8 oz (1 pkg) shredded cheddar cheese
8 slices Muenster cheese, sliced into 4ths
1 cup Mozzarella cheese, grated
2 pkg of pre-made Bob Evans Mashed Potatoes (24oz each)
Or can certainly use your own mashed potatoes, or mine, see above link.  

- Dice green onions and green pepper, set aside.

-Open can of corn, rinse and drain, set aside. 

-Using a large saute pan, brown ground beef.  Once ground beef is browned, add in the tomato paste.  Cook for 2 minutes.  Add in the green onion and after a couple of minutes add in the diced green pepper. Now we add in the spices.  Onion powder, garlic powder, cumin, Chipotle pepper powder, and salt.  Saute for just a couple of minutes till the green peppers are almost starting to soften, turn off heat and set aside.

-Now it's time to layer.  Start off with about 1/2 cup of mashed potatoes between the 4 oven proof mugs/bowls.  

-Sprinkle in about 2 tbsp of corn immediately after and then about  1-1/2 tbsp of cheddar cheese.  

-Now add in about 1/2 cup of the ground beef mixture.

-Repeat layers finishing with the ground beef.

-Add 2 tbsp of Mozzarella cheese over the ground beef and then add about 6 strips of Muenster strips into a pattern over the Mozzarella cheese.  Finally, finish off with another 2 tbsp of Mozzarella cheese over the Muenster pattern strips.  
*You are going to ask me; "Didi, why in the world are we pattering the cheese strips"?  "Aha" - See when you take a couple of more moments to pattern the cheese, it literally melts into what you want it to melt into rather than going over and dripping onto things you cannot eat.*

-Bake at 350F for 45-50 minutes till everything has been warmed thru and the cheese has melted nicely and is golden and crispy.

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So my friends, can I say this was one of the best meals like ever? Yes, yes it was!  It was comfort, it was easy, it was bursting with Southwestern flavor, but most of all...

Excuse the first attempt at a tripod for me - I tried, I really did, it's not the best, but you get my drift.  Cheesy, gooey goodness!!

I know your family will love you, mine did!

Till next time! 

Dishin with Didi


  1. Yum!! Sounds like a perfect comfort dish for fall :)

    1. Monica so very, very easy my friend as you can see. And those Bob Evans mashed potatoes? Seriously good stuff, couldn't believe it!!

  2. OMG, this is just BRILLIANT!!! :D LOVE it, Didi!!! :D <3

    1. Thank you Kelly, it was so simple to put together, who knew the mugs were going to make it just right!!