Barbecue Shepherd's Pie Recipe
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Barbecue Shepherd's Pie Recipe

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Have a wholesome meal even on hectic nights. I like to add leftover veggies, like green beans, sweet potatoes or corn, and zip it up with chipotle powder. —Angela Buchanan, Longmont, Colorado
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup honey barbecue sauce
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1 package (24 ounces) refrigerated mashed potatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika

Nutritional Facts

1 serving equals 405 calories, 21 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 63 mg cholesterol, 870 mg sodium, 39 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 16 g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add turkey and onion; cook 6-8 minutes or until turkey is no longer pink, breaking up turkey into crumbles; drain. Stir in carrots, peas, barbecue sauce and ketchup.
  2. Transfer to a greased 1-1/2-qt. baking dish. Spread mashed potatoes over top; sprinkle with paprika. Bake, uncovered, 30-35 minutes or until filling is bubbly.
    Freeze Option: Cool unbaked casserole; cover and freeze. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake casserole as directed, increasing time as necessary to heat through and for a thermometer inserted in center to read 165°.
    Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Barbecue Shepherd's Pie in Simple & Delicious December/January 2014

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Reviewed Nov. 9, 2015

"This recipe was pleasantly surprising. I'm used to "traditional shepherd's pie" but I liked this BBQ version - and my husband loved it more! I made homemade mashed potatoes and threw a bit of cheddar cheese on top. As others have said, you could easily use other ingredients to try new varieties!"

Reviewed Mar. 17, 2015

"This was good as written. So many things to try with it. rebelwithoutaclue, your user name says it all. How about try this recipe & rate or don't try it & find something else to complain about! Like many others I am tired of those that complain about a recipe & they haven't even tried it! Notice in most cases the rest of the reviews are good too very good. Says a lot doesn't it?"

Reviewed Mar. 5, 2015

"Try using a small can of tomato paste with 1 cup of water. It reduces the sweet flavor. Also adds a little bit more moisture. I also added cheese bacon and scallions on the top. Was very good. !"

Reviewed Feb. 14, 2015

"This was so good, I can't wait to make it again. We used fresh carrots instead of frozen peas and carrots only because we didn't have them. We used reg barbecue sauce instead of honey barbecue sauce. Can't wait to make this for my father."

Reviewed Jan. 17, 2015

"I made mashed potatoes rather than buying them. I also put cheese on top. It seemed a little dry but still good."

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