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Shepherd's Pie Recipe

Shepherd's Pie Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

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.

Reviews for Shepherd's Pie

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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."

Reviewed Dec. 28, 2011

"My family loved it! I made this in a casserole dish to accommodate my family's size/appetite and there was none left! They all agreed that I should make this recipe often!"

Reviewed Dec. 11, 2011

"My family loved this recipe. My daughter's especially loved that the crust was also potatoes, rather than most shepherd's pies, where the potatoes are on top. I've made this countless times and there are never any leftovers!"

Reviewed Nov. 9, 2011

"Bacon gives it a great taste!!! Will definitely make it again. Easy to make and my husband loved it, who is very picky eater. Best shepards pie we ever had."

Reviewed Jul. 9, 2011

"I really enjoyed this BUT I added seasoning which it needed and I also added a drained can of diced tomatoes. For the potato, I used Betty Crocker garlic potato (2 pouches) and that made the work go faster. Don't be afraid to add your own ingredients when cooking."

Reviewed Mar. 17, 2011

"bacon gave it a great smoky flavor, one of my favs now, will do again"

Reviewed Mar. 3, 2011

"yes, I will make this recipe again, my kids liked it, and it is easy."

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