Easy Skillet Shepherds Pie

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4.80 from 40 votes
This skillet shepherds pie recipe is an easy, warm and comforting meal. The Irish Pub staple is so satisfying and easy to make it is truly one of the best ground beef recipes ever and I bet you have all the ingredients you need in your kitchen right now.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Shepards Pie in a dutch oven

This easy skillet shepherds pie recipe is an easy, warm and comforting meal. The Irish Pub staple is so satisfying and easy to make it is truly one of the best ground beef recipes ever and I bet you have all the ingredients you need in your kitchen right now.

Skillet shepards pie with a wooden spoon in it.

The skillet shepherds pie is a one pan marvel. Really, American Shepherds Pie is a Cottage Pie. It is made with a ground beef mixture. True Irish Shepherd’s pie is made with mutton or ground lamb and you can easily use it in my recipe alone or in addition to the ground beef.

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What We Love About This Easy Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

Super easy Shepherds Pie is made in one pot. You can add any vegetables you have on hand or add your kids favorite vegetables to make this ground beef casserole recipe your own.

  • 30 Minute Meal: Quick, comforting and irresistable.
  • Easy Ingredients: All found in pantry or fridge.
  • Family Friendly: Make this comfort food with their favorites and they will gobble it up.
  • Makes Great Leftovers: The casserole holds up well, consequently, it makes a great lunch the next day or freeze for a future meal.
Easy Shepherd's Pie Recipe

Ingredient Notes

  • Ground Beef: Any variety will do for this casserole.
  • Frozen Peas and Carrots: Yep. right from the freezer.
  • Herbs, Beef Broth and Worcestershire sauce: The fresh herbs, broth and sauce give it a rich flavor which will make it taste like it cooked all day.

Equipment Needed

How to Make Shepherd’s Pie with Cheese

These are the basic steps for making shepherd’s pie with cheese. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions.

Easy Shepherd's Pie Recipe bowning the beef and vegetables and adding the vegetables.

STEP 1: SKILLET

First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Second, heat vegetable oil in a skillet over medium high heat.Next, add ground beef, onion, garlic, House Seasoning Blend, (or salt and black pepper) thyme and Rosemary;

STEP 2: CHOP

Meanwhile, brown and chop the beef. I love this Ground Beef Chopper.  Then cook until beef is cooked through and tender then drain excess fat from the pan and sprinkle in flour. Then add tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce and beef broth.

STEP 3: TOP AND BAKE

Allow to thicken and then add the vegetables and then finally layer with mash potatoes and cheese and add butter if you like. Lastly, bake for 15 minutes or until potatoes are lightly browned, no need for a casserole dish or baking dish.

Easy Shepherd's Pie Recipe ading the mashed potatoes and cheese and baking.

Prep and Storage Tips for Easy Shepherds Pie Recipe

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

This shepherd’s pie with cheese recipe is a great make ahead meal. It will last in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

Store in fridge in an airtight container or wrapped tightly in foil.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE

Freeze in an airtight container or wrapped well in plastic wrap or foil.

HOW TO REHEAT THIS RECIPE

Allow frozen pie to thaw in the fridge and then reheat in a 350 oven for about a half hour.

Frequently Asked Questions about this Classic Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

WHAT ARE SHEPHERDS PIE ORIGINS?

This simple dish originated in Ireland around the 1700’s by housewives trying to use up their leftovers, find out more here.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE INSTANT MASHED POTATOES?

Of course, you can use leftover mashed potatoes, store bought prepared or make shepherd’s pie with instant potatoes.

RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

Indeed, you can even double this recipe and freeze one for later.

DOES SHEPHERDS PIE HAVE CHEESE ON TOP?

Truly, you can use your imagination with this meal. Specifically,this recipe includes cheese and really enhances the flavor.

Easy Shepherd's Pie Recipe on a white plate.

Expert Tips for Making This Easy Shepherds Pie Recipe

  • Add Some Guinness: Change the flavor by adding some Guinness beer to your sauce!
  • Make Individual Casseroles: Moreover, you can put the casserole in individual casserole dishes to make your presentation fancy. Make extra and freeze them!
  • Use Pre made Mashed Potatoes: If you don’t have any leftovers, don’t worry, there are some great pre-made frozen and boxed options in the refrigerator and freezer section , likewise, make an easy shepherd’s pie with instant mashed potatoes. Further, you can try using Tater Tots!
  • Try Cauliflower: Low Carb? Top with Mashed Cauliflower surrounding all that beefy goodness.
  • Change it up: any vegetables can work therefore try corn, green beans or a different meat, for example, ground turkey can be used.
  • Color: At last, if you are brave, use some green food coloring in your mashed potatoes to further make them a St. Patrick’s Day meal.

What to Serve with Skillet Shepherds Pie

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Shepards Pie in a dutch oven
4.80 from 40 votes

Easy Shepherds Pie Recipe

Yield: 4 people
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
This skillet shepherds pie recipe is an easy, warm and comforting meal. The Irish Pub staple is so satisfying and easy to make it is truly one of the best ground beef recipes ever and I bet you have all the ingredients you need in your kitchen right now.
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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon House Seasoning Blend
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried Rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 cup frozen peas and carrots
  • 4 cups mashed potatoes, prepared
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Heat vegetable oil in a skillet over medium high heat.
  • Add ground beef, onion, garlic, House Seasoning Blend, thyme and Rosemary; cook until beef is cooked through.
  • Drain excess fat from the pan.
  • Stir in flour.
  • Add tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce and beef broth.
  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Stir peas and carrots into the beef mixture.
  • Add cheddar cheese to prepared mashed potatoes.
  • Spread potatoes on top of beef mixture.
  • Bake for 15 minutes or until potatoes are lightly browned.

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Expert Tips

  • Add Some Guinness: Change the flavor by adding some Guinness beer to your sauce!
  • Make Individual Casseroles: Put the casserole in individual casserole dishes to make your presentation fancy. Make extra and freeze them!
  • Use Pre made Mashed Potatoes: If you don’t have any leftovers, don’t worry, there are some great pre-made frozen and boxed options in the refrigerator and freezer section make an easy shepherd’s pie with instant mashed potatoes Or try using Tater Tots!
  • Try Cauliflower: Low Carb? Top with Mashed Cauliflower.
  • Change it up: Corn, green beans or ground turkey can be used.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 702kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 110mg | Sodium: 1220mg | Potassium: 1216mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 3670IU | Vitamin C: 56.7mg | Calcium: 273mg | Iron: 4.5mg
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: irish
Keyword: 30 minute recipe, one pot recipe, shepherds pie

This recipe is my personal adaption of an ethnic inspired recipe. It is not intended to be an authentic recipe.  I’ve recreated this recipe because I enjoy the flavors and I want to encourage my readers to expand their tastes and try new flavor combinations. The recipe, ingredients and processes may have been adapted to make the recipe accessible for the average American. I have provided links to authentic versions of the recipe in the post above. I encourage you to visit these pages and learn more about the traditional version(s) of this recipe.

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25 thoughts on “Easy Skillet Shepherds Pie”

  1. 5 stars
    I have made this 2 times. Blew me
    away how great this is. The first time I cooked it I needed to sub something for beef broth and I chose a can or 1 cup of French onion soup. That version, using FO soup was my family favorite. I did use instant mash potatoes, frozen veg medley cooked 3/4 the time in the microwave, and was amazed by the flavor 👍🏻 Sharing this recipe to my family.

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  2. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for sharing this amazing recipe! Will surely have this again! It’s really easy to make and it tasted so delicious! Highly recommended!

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  3. 5 stars
    Tasted really good and delicious! Thank you so much for sharing this amazing shepherds pie recipe! Will surely have this again! Loved it!

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  4. 5 stars
    I thought this recipe was great! Only thing I’m curious about is what size casserole dish you used. You never discussed transferring the beef mixture to a baking dish. I had several to choose from, but went with the 9×13. I’d wished I’d used the small one.

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  5. 5 stars
    So tasty! And easy to make, too! I love your tip to use pre-made mashed potatoes, that really streamlined the prep for me. Thanks!

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  6. 5 stars
    Love, love, love Shepherd’s Pie and this is a delicious and easy recipe we all loved! I’d give it 10 stars if I could! It’s that good!

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  7. 5 stars
    I just make this and put in the freezer for an easy dinner for my family while I’m out of town. Comfort food is always a hit in our house!

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  8. 5 stars
    This was amazing – I must admit though the second time I made it I switched out the Ground Beef for Minced Lamb and it tasted as good if not more like the pub shepherd’s pies I’ve had before.

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  9. 5 stars
    This shepherd’s pie recipe is amazing! It was mouthwateringly delicious. It’s not only a great comfort food recipe for the fall and winter months, but it’s absolutely perfect for St. Patrick’s Day!

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  10. 5 stars
    This was delicious! I have never been a Shepard’s Pie kinda girl, even though my husband LOVES it because I am not a big dough eater. However, this has a thin top layer, so it was perfect for my tastes and my husband loved it, too! Yum! Thanks for sharing!!

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  11. 5 stars
    I could eat Shepherds Pie any day of the week and I especially love that this one only takes 30 minutes! Perfect for an easy weeknight meal 🙂

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  12. 5 stars
    My kids love shepherds pie. Although in England shepherd pie is always made with ground lamb (hence shepherd in the name) and cottage pie is made with ground beef.

    So funny how languages change country to country 😀

    I love the inclusion of cheese over the mash :.

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    • I had no idea there was a different name for the beef version. I noted in the post that you’re supposed to use lamb but my family prefers beef. And, cheese makes everything better in my book 🙂

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