Taco Bell’s 8th Friendsgiving: Crunchy Taco Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

Welcome to the world of culinary delights, where we bring to you a recipe that is sure to tantalise your taste buds and leave you wanting for more! If you are a fan of tacos and shepherd’s pie, then you are in for a treat. In this blog post, we are going to take you through the steps of making the Crunchy Taco Shepherd’s Pie from Taco Bell’s 8th Annual Friendsgiving.

Taco Bell has been a household name for over 50 years and has been serving delicious Mexican-style cuisine to its customers. Every year, they celebrate Thanksgiving with their loyal customers by introducing new and exciting menu items. This year, they added a twist to the classic shepherd’s pie and created the Crunchy Taco Shepherd’s Pie, which has become a fan favorite.

So grab your aprons, sharpen your cooking skills, and let’s get started with the recipe. Whether you are cooking for your friends and family or just for yourself, this recipe is sure to impress everyone. Get ready to taste the flavours of Mexico and make the Crunchy Taco Shepherd’s Pie in the comfort of your own home.

But before we go through the step-by-step process for making the recipe, let’s take a look at the ingredients for Cruchy Taco Shepherd’s Pie.


To make Crunchy Taco Shepherd’s Pie, you need the following items from different places:

From your local Taco Bell

  • 2 Crunchy Tacos; remove lettuce and cheese
  • 4 Sauce Packets – at your preferred spice level

Mashed Sauce Packet & Cheddar Potatoes

  • 4 russet potatoes, peeled
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup of whole milk
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened

Kitchen Equipment and Cookware

  • 9″ pie baking dish
  • Large pot, with lid
  • Small saucepan, with lid
  • Medium saute pan
  • Strainer
  • Patato masher/ricer

Sauteed Vegetables (The Filling)

  • 1 white onion (small), diced
  • 1 carrot, diced (optional)
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced (optional)
  • 1 cup corn kernels, stripped from the cob or frozen (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil

Now that you have collected all the ingredients mentioned above in one place, let’s start making our tasty dish.

Step-by-step Receipe

The process of making “Crunchy Taco Shepherd’s Pie” involves three different steps, as listed and explained below.

STEP 1: Sauté Vegetables and Make Filling:

  1. Add vegetable oil to the sauté pan on medium-high heat.
  2. Allow the pan to warm before adding the diced vegetables and a pinch of salt.
  3. Sauté until soft and lightly browned.
  4. Remove the pan from the heat and allow the vegetables to cool.

STEP 2: Make Mashed Sauce Packet 8 Cheddar Potatoes:

  1. In a large pot, cover peeled potatoes with water and add a generous pinch of salt.
  2. Cook at a gentle boil for 20 minutes, or until potatoes are soft (test with a fork).
  3. While potatoes cook, warm milk and butter in a saucepan until the butter is melted (do not boil!).
  4. Return the potatoes to the cooking pot after draining.
  5. Mash potatoes until very smooth.
  6. Slowly pour in melted butter/milk then stir well.
  7. Slowly stir in the shredded cheddar cheese until it is melted and creamy.
  8. Season generously with salt and pepper; add sauce packets and stir.

STEP 3: Combine and Bake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spread 1/2 of the Mashed Sauce Packet 8 Cheddar Potatoes evenly, covering entire bottom of pie baking dish.
  3. Carefully spoon in sauteed vegetables on top of the seasoned beef in the Crunchy Taco shells.
  4. Lay each taco sideways (base to base) into the pie baking dish, resting on Mashed Sauce Packet & Cheddar Potatoes.
  5. Spread the other 1/2 of the Mashed Sauce Packet 8 Cheddar Potatoes evenly over the Crunchy Tacos, covering the entire pie dish.
  6. Bake your pie in the oven for 30–40 minutes, or until golden brown on top.
  7. Cool for 15 minutes, then enjoy!

So, without further ado, here is the quickest and easiest recipe for a tasty Crunchy Taco Shepherd’s Pie.

Crunchy Taco Shepherd's Pie Recipe

If you are vegetarian or want to make it vegetarian, remove the seasoned beef and add black beans when ordering your Crunchy Tacos.

We hope you had the chance to try out our recipe during this year’s Friendsgiving celebration. If so, we would love for you to share your experience with us and others by using the hashtag #TacoBellFriendsgiving on your social media platforms. This way, you can be a part of the wider community of food lovers and showcase your culinary skills to the world!

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1. Get Your Hands on Taco Bell’s Grande Crunchwrap [Return of the Triple Double]
2. Touchless drive-through: The Fast Food Industry’s Future
3. Taco Bell’s $2 Burrito Receives Negative Customer Feedback


In conclusion, Taco Bell’s 8th Annual Friendsgiving is a great way to celebrate the holiday season with friends and family. With the recipe for Crunchy Taco Shepherd’s Pie, you can bring a taste of your favourite fast food to your dinner table. The recipe is easy to follow and is sure to impress your guests.

If you have any questions or need clarification, please feel free to ask in the comment section below. We would love to hear from you! Don’t forget to share this post with your friends and family who love Taco Bell. Let’s spread the love for this delicious recipe and make this Friendsgiving one to remember.

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