Best Shepherd's Pie Recipe
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Best Shepherd's Pie Recipe

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This economical dish comes from a friend who was a whiz at pinching pennies without sacrificing hearty flavor.—Valerie Merrill, Topeka, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:8-10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 8-10 servings


  • 2-1/2 pounds potatoes, peeled and cooked
  • 1 to 1-1/2 cups (8 to 12 ounces) sour cream
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
  • 1 can (16 ounces) whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Chopped fresh parsley, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 378 calories, 17g fat (9g saturated fat), 69mg cholesterol, 626mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 3g fiber), 21g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, mash potatoes with sour cream. Add salt and pepper; set aside. In a large skillet, cook beef with onion and red pepper until meat is no longer pink and vegetables are tender; drain. Stir garlic salt into meat mixture. Stir in the soup, corn and milk.
  2. Spread meat mixture into a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Top with mashed potatoes; drizzle with butter.
  3. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until heated through. For additional browning, place under broiler for a few minutes. Sprinkle with parsley if desired. Yield: 8-10 servings.
Originally published as Shepherd's Pie in Country Ground Beef 1993, p57

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swinny User ID: 1858482 246524
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2016

"I substituted Greek plain yogurt for the sour cream & also 1 lb of ground beef and 1 pound of ground turkey. Added 1 cup of frozen peas and carrots. Sprinkled top with parsley and Parmesan cheese. As other reviewer stated 1 T of worceshire sauce. Delish!!"

debpenns User ID: 5553562 233454
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2015

"OH MY!! for this shepherd's pie!! family loved it!! will cook again!!"

SarahKerr User ID: 8034178 18590
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2014

"I would recommend using less milk so that it does not become so soupy. The milk did not help thicken the soup. I even added additional vegetables like peas and carrots."

missylyons092911 User ID: 7990573 18978
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2014

"Loved it and so did my family

Thank you for this recipe"

cybrkitn User ID: 1087485 45135
Reviewed Apr. 11, 2014

"Great recipe! I made this for a small group study at church and it was almost gone before we knew it! They all loved it and went back for seconds and even thirds. I did tweak it a bit. I didn't have onions on hand so I substituted about a 1/2 teaspoon of onion powder and mixed that into the chopped meat. I omitted the red pepper and the can of corn and used a can of mixed vegetables instead. However, the recipe says this feeds 8-10. I would say that one batch would probably feed more like 4 people. I had to double it and I'm glad I did. I will definitely make this again!"

Cao48138 User ID: 7607404 47016
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2014

"Received several compliments at our senior apartment potluck. Have fixed this easy recipe several times. Added 1 T Worcestershire Sauce, 1 C frozen peas, 1 C or three diced carrots. Do not add corn."

walkercadillac User ID: 7529843 15108
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2014

"It wasn't terrible, It just TERRIBLY lacked flavor. It was very bland. Like eating unflavored ground beef with unflavored mashed potatoes and unflavored vegetables. I even added fresh garlic and mushrooms, but it helped nothing. I will not make this again. Waste of money for the ingredients. We wasted half the 9X13" pie."

cheriinil User ID: 6339649 40877
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2014

"This is a really good recipe. Made it for friends that came for dinner & they loved it. Will be making this again"

finalboss User ID: 4644582 74213
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2014

"We love the heck out of this recipe! It comes together quick, makes plenty for leftovers, & tastes AMAZING! We even add a bit of cheese on top for extra yummy-ness. This is a regular in our household."

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Reviewed Oct. 25, 2013


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