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Shepherd's Pie Recipe
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Shepherd's Pie Recipe

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Instead of using a pastry crust, this recipe creates a savory crust with mashed potatoes. The bacon flavor in the filling is fabulous! Just add a tossed salad or green vegetable and dessert, and you'll have a complete meal that's sure to please your family.—Chris Eschweiler, Dallas, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 3 bacon strips, diced
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 can (11 ounces) Mexicorn, drained
  • 5-1/2 cups hot mashed potatoes (prepared without milk and butter)
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Additional butter, melted

Nutritional Facts

1 piece equals 299 calories, 12 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 98 mg cholesterol, 514 mg sodium, 29 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 16 g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain and set aside. In the same skillet, cook the bacon, onion and oregano until bacon is crisp. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the tomato sauce, corn and reserved beef. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, combine the mashed potatoes, eggs, butter, parsley and salt. Spread half of potato mixture onto the bottom and up the sides of a greased 9-in. pie plate. Top with beef mixture and remaining potato mixture.
  3. Bake at 375° for 20 minutes. Brush with butter. Bake 10 minutes longer or until top is golden brown. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Shepherd's Pie in Homestyle Classics 2008 2008, p11

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Reviewed Apr. 8, 2016

"I made this as part of my St. Patrick's Day menu and it was well received. I omitted the oregano and substituted 2 cups diced peas and carrots for the Mexicorn because I wanted something more authentic. After brushing the top with butter, I topped the pie with shredded white cheddar for the last ten minutes of baking. The result was very tasty! I will be making this again."

Reviewed Nov. 9, 2014

"This recipe was also submitted through taste of home, but it used a package of taco seasoning and a small can of chopped olives, along with chopped saut?ed onion, can of Mexicorn. Basically it is the same shepherds pie but with a ton of flavor. I also use the whole box (two envelopes) of instant mashed potatoes on top. I use a 8x8 Pyrex dish. Grated cheese between meat mixture and mashed potatoes and cheese on top. Delicious!! Everyone loves it!!"

Reviewed May. 27, 2014

"A great supper! My boys love it and now that one is married his wife has asked for the recipe!!"

Reviewed Jan. 27, 2014

"Great. Everybody loves it. Have made multiple times. Used just regular corn because of picky eaters; used canned diced tomatoes for the tomato sauce and put grated cheddar - 50/50 white and yellow in the potatoes. I too sneak other fresh veggies in the mix if I have them. My non- veggie crew don't even know they are eating zucchini!!!"

Reviewed Dec. 18, 2012

"this dish was okay. my husband really liked it, but I didn't like the flavor that the mexicorn and bacon gave it. Good, but not my fav."

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