Unusually Mouthwatering Vegan Shepherd’s Pie (Chilean Version)

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I have a rule with recipes – I look at the image, and if it makes me salivate and crave to have a bite of what’s pictured, even on a full stomach – then I know it will be a hit! This is exactly the type of recipe that not only gives me wild fantasies of how delicious it is – but makes me eager to try asap!

Simply put, this is a Chilean dish very similar to shepherd’s pie. Typically, this dish has big juicy chunks of beef, but we find eggplant is the best substitute as it doesn’t have much flavor of its own and carries all the flavors of the dish while still retaining its shape. This is fantastic served with a green salad dressed with our lemon and cumin vinaigrette.

So, to make the recipe you’ll need:


  • Olive oil
  • 1 large eggplant, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 9 ounces Button mushrooms, quartered
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 jalapeño, finely diced (seeds removed for a milder version)
  • 1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste (concentrated purée)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 4.5 ounces canned or fresh tomatoes, diced
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 7 ounces firm tofu, diced or crumbled
  • 4.5 ounces black olives, halved
  • 1 tablespoon sweet paprika
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce or tamari
  • 2 1/2 cups soy milk
  • 9 ounces vegan butter
  • 13 ounces creamed corn
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 8 ounces frozen corn kernels
  • 5.5 ounces fine polenta (cornmeal)
  • Sea salt flakes


  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon agave syrup
  • 1/2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

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