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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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!!"

Reviewed Sep. 25, 2015

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

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."

Reviewed Sep. 15, 2014

"Loved it and so did my family

Thank you for this recipe"

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!"

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