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Skillet Shepherd's Pie Recipe

Skillet Shepherd's Pie Recipe

This is the best shepherd's pie I've ever tasted. It's very quick to make, and I usually have most—if not all—of the ingredients already on hand. —Tirzah Sandt, San Diego, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cups frozen corn, thawed
  • 2 cups frozen peas, thawed
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon beef bouillon granules
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3-1/2 cups mashed potatoes (prepared with milk and butter)
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  • 1. In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the corn, peas, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce and garlic. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and cook for 5 minutes.
  • 2. Combine the cornstarch, bouillon and water until well blended; stir into beef mixture. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in sour cream and heat through (do not boil).
  • 3. Spread mashed potatoes over the top; sprinkle with cheese. Cover and cook until potatoes are heated through and cheese is melted.
    Freeze option: Prepare beef mixture as directed but do not add sour cream. Freeze cooled meat mixture in a freezer container. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a large skillet, stirring occasionally and adding a little water if necessary. Stir in sour cream and proceed as directed. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 448 calories, 20g fat (12g saturated fat), 80mg cholesterol, 781mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 7g fiber), 24g protein .

Reviews for Skillet Shepherd's Pie

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mom2lauren 254272
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2016

"Was a real hit with my family. I used carrots and beans from our garden in place of corn & peas and baked in the oven because my skillet wasn't big enough. I'm a volunteer Field Editor and enjoy testing out recipes. We loved the flavours in this dish!"

MY REVIEW 253771
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2016

"Jim and Dee likes. Better then other recipes that were tried"

sstetzel 253751
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2016

"Hi Temyli,

The freezing instructions are at the bottom of the recipe directions above."

temyli 253746
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2016

"Is this freezable? Planning on a fishing trip and don't want to be tied to the kitchen. To many fish to catch and if I could freeze would I need a tin touch-away pan?"

muffee93 245762
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2016

"My family loved this recipe! I added carrots rather than the peas. I also added Tony Chachere's seasoning to the hamburger mixture and paprika sprinkled on the mashed potatoes. Excellent!"

cindysunflower 244947
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2016

"This is very different from the traditional Shepherd's Pie recipe that I usually make and we enjoy so I wasn't sure about this recipe that has so many vegetables, sour cream, ketchup, etc. . I decided to give it a try based on the many positive comments and I am glad I did. I followed the recipe pretty closely, but added a bit more seasoning as others suggested and broiled it the last couple minutes. Delicious! I will definitely make this again."

PrplMonky5 244315
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2016

"I did a few things differently. First, I didn't put all of the veggies in because it looked like way too much. I also didn't put in as much onion and instead added some chopped celery. Because others stated it was a bit lacking in flavor, I added some parsley, basil, and steak rub seasoning. I also used store-bought mashed potatoes.

At the end I stuck it all in a dish, and put it in the oven at 350deg for about 15 minutes. Next time I will also broil it for a couple minutes too, like others suggested.
One thing I did notice was a distinct sweetness to it. I think it was a combination of the ketchup and the large amount of corn. Next time I will cut down on the corn and add in a different veggie (maybe broccoli). While the sour cream made the "sauce" taste good, I didn't really get a strong sour cream flavor (info for those who are on the fence about adding in the sour cream).
Overall, a good dish, and pretty quick when using leftover or store-bough mashed potatoes. We will make this again with a few changes."

Jensmith2 242486
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2016

"This was excellent! Had everything in my pantry except peas so I used green beans instead. Hubs said this is a keeper. Quick and easy!"

janetlutter 241789
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2016

"This gets 5 stars because both of my picky eater daughters loved meal and two kids liking, that rarely happens! Personally I needed to add some salt and pepper on my plate. Thank you for this great tween-friendly recipe!"

engprof 238510
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2015

"I'm giving this five stars, tho I did have to make some substitutions based on what I had on hand. I used some leftover beef roast, about 2/3 bag of frozen mixed veg medley, almost a whole jar of turkey gravy with some generous splashes of Worcestershire sauce, some leftover mash, and some crunched up tater tots (to make up for my small amount of mash). I layered on some processed cheese, you know, the kind that comes in a 2# loaf, and just left it to bubble away. My husband declared it "some really good comfort food", which was perfect after the crummy, rainy day we had. So, please forgive me, reviewer purists out there. For everyone else, I'll just say this recipe is very forgiving. It's hard to go too wrong with a combo of beef, veggies and potatoes, especially when you only have to wash one pan. Oh, and I didn't add the sour cream, because I knew, with only the two of us, there would be leftovers and I didn't know how that would hold up."

jeanedsall 238365
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2015

"EXCELLENT!! My husband ate ALL the I'll be making this again and again!"

MY REVIEW 238112
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2015

"I made this the night before Thanksgiving Day I when I was plenty tired and had had enough dishes to wash during the day! I was so glad it could be served in the same skillet used to cook it in and not have to transfer to the oven like other Shepherd's Pies. I always use Yukon Gold potatoes to make mashed potatoes with--it really ratchets up the flavor. I do think, as another reviewer stated, that the meat/veggie mixture needed some salt added before the potatoes were spread on top."

tsuop 238005
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2015

"I haven't tried this but I'm giving it 5 stars for the idea alone, it sounds amazing. Thanks!!

I don't use bullion, but will use beef broth in place of water . Can't wait till the leftover turkey is all gone to try this!!"

cbentz129 237264
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2015

"excellent and easy"

MY REVIEW 236890
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2015

"Good base recipe. Next time I will add seasoning. Needed salt, pepper, thyme and bay leaf. The sour cream made it very creamy. Next time I will stick with just the beef broth and put some sour cream in the potato. I did add celery and carrots."

slocook805 235908
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2015

"This is an exceptional Shepherd's Pie. The sour cream just adds a special richness and flavor almost like a Stroganoff. Never would I have ever thought to add sour cream to Shepherd's Pie filling. I add fresh thyme leaves to taste and as usual swap out the Worcestershire for steak sauce, no anchovies for me. As far as the veggies go I always use whatever I feel like, even Brussels sprouts once. I add a couple of bay leaves and fresh ground black pepper to my potato water when boiling and then when I mash them I add a packet of onion soup mix, butter and heavy cream are a must."

randcbruns 235190
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2015

"Really great, simple recipe. Like others have mention it needs more seasoning but I usually change seasoning to most recipes, so not an issue for me."

No_Time_To_Cook 233502
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2015

"This was really good... I did add extra seasoning (garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper)."

Bonnie.Mae 233469
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2015

"Easy weeknight dinner. The sauce needs a little extra seasoning."

ojc0806 225825
Reviewed May. 3, 2015

"good meal!"

treacher 225779
Reviewed May. 2, 2015

"Really enjoyed this recipe,and my family loved it. Thank's for sharing. LeeAnn Treacher"

lincop56 224975
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2015

"This is a great and easy recipe, my husband has me freeze what is left, so when he gets the urge defrost and heat, does this well."

KittieCatt 223239
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2015

"I have not yet prepared this dish, but just by reading the ingredients and the instructions, it sounds very easy to make, and also very tasty. It's now on my 'Must Try' list of recipes. I'll add in some saut?ed mushrooms, since my family and I like them. Otherwise, this dish sounds terrific to me, and I can't wait to make it."

stitching1 223132
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2015

"This was very easy to put together - from start to finish 35 minutes. Substitutions: Instead of frozen corn I used a can of yellow/white corn which I drained, omitted the peas as my boyfriend does not care for peas, browned the hamburger with the onion & garlic and used Johnny's seasoning salt on the meat. For the mashed potatoes I used a package of Idahoan Bacon with Cheese mashed potatoes adding about 1/4 c. extra water. Then right before serving I put it under the broiler to get the cheese browned. My boyfriend said "it's a keeper"."

kathleenheine 223102
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2015

"Good and made with things you would normally have on hand!"

slohooker 223060
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2015

"Excellent, easy, fast, and enough to freeze for another time. Just hubby and me."

Weems Grnadma 223049
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2015

"Easy to fix and delicious. It freezes well and my son often takes a container to his home for dinner. He enjoys shopping for dinner via the freezer. Use beef froth rather than water and cube which is convenient. Very satisfying dinner. Thank you for teaching an old dog a few new tricks."

Leo_Smith 221147
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2015

"I just made this. As a matter of fact, I have my empty bowl sitting in front of me. Still more on the stove. Well, anyway, I made the mashed potatoes from instant. I could have easily doubled the amount called for in the recipe. Probably not if you use real potatoes. I used canned veggies to skip the thawing. Any way you make this dish it will turn out great! Gotta go, seconds are calling my name..."

Amy the Midwife 220666
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2015

"Nothing fancy, but fine for a simple meal."

SouthernMaster 220127
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2015

"Pretty good, but make sure to use a 12" skillet. I also recommend changing the last step. I used a cast iron skillet, & after adding the cheese, I put it under the broiler for a couple of minutes."

katecrid47 219804
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2015

"This was quick and easy. I also didn't realize the vegi's had to be thawed and threw them in frozen, still came out great. Everyone loved it! I will definitely be making this again!"

MrsCianfarani 218763
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2015

"OMG !!! I have tried various recipes, for Shepherd's Pie.... It never came out to be very tasteful .... This recipe is by far the best. This is the way I will forever make it now. I changed it up just a little bit.....used canned corn instead, no peas ...because I don't like them."

knollbrookcook 218627
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2015

"Made this last night pretty much as it says. I used plain yogurt instead of sour cream.

Turned out really good. Nice flavour. I will be making this again especially in the summer when you don't want to turn your oven on but you need a hot meal."

pab1963 218577
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2015

"OMG this is really good and quick! Love being able to make it all in one skillet! I changed a few things up... I used beef stock instead of water. Added some carrots too! I used instant mashed taters and doctored them up with butter! 5 stars"

grandmagogof8 218565
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2015

"First time making Shepherd's Pie and was a little leery if my husband would like it, since he's not big on mashed potatoes. I did make a change and used frozen mixed vegetables since they were needing to be used up and did not use as much onions. Other wise followed the recipe as follows. It was "DELICIOUS" and we will enjoy the leftovers as well. Thanks for sharing the's a keeper!"

MY REVIEW 218488
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2015

"I don't agree with the majority of these reviews. I followed the recipe exactly with the exception of adding extra onions and an additional 1/4 cup of sharp cheddar cheese on top--neither of which should detract from the flavor, quite the opposite in fact. I found it rather bland and neither of my two men asked for seconds. Right now my husband is eating a peanut butter & jelly sandwich instead. My son described it as "OK." For me it's not to be repeated. Hope I can get someone to eat the leftovers."

Grandonna 218474
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2015

"My husband and I absolutely love this recipe!! We are cutting back on carbs now so I tried mashed cauliflower instead of potatoes on top. Still came out yummy!!"

pottaway 217031
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2015

"My family and I enjoyed this. It was pretty easy and I always have these ingredients on hand. We will do this again."

ohiocooking 97155
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2014

"This was a quick and delicious recipe! The flavors blended well. We loved it, and will definately make it again!"

KarenKeefe 206939
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2014

"I read the reviews and had to try it myself! Easy and super delicious! Only used 1/2 c. peas and 1/2 c. corn. As a matter of fact, my son and daughter-in-law insisted on taking home the leftovers! Will definitely make again!"

Sandi333 206938
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2014

"This was VERY good! My husband loved it. Used two cans of mixed veggies that I had on hand and added extra beef broth to make a bit more sauce. Absolutely outstanding. This will be my go-to meal for families that need a meal from church. Other reviews have said it freezes well, so I'm hoping to make up several and have them on hand! Thank you."

slubich 66451
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2014

"Excellent fall comfort food. Because I was in a hurry I used store bought mashed potatoes. I definitely will make this again."

teachna 151138
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2014

"I made this recipe exactly as written and it was delicious. Very simple too. I served with warm French bread and a salad. Yummy dinner."

andij1202 57752
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2014

"If you add an egg to the potatoes, they wil get crispy golden brown on the top. French fries onion rings during the last 5 minutes. YUMMY."

Mommymolly 146485
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2014

"Oh my goodness!! This was sooo delicious! It came together really fast, even including the time it took to make the mashed potatoes. I did make double the water/ bullion/ cornstarch mixture and was heavy handed with the worcestershire because I like the filling saucy, and it turned out fabulous! My new favorite shepherds pie recipe!"

Firefly 3044 151137
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2014

"Excellent and easy!"

adkhkr 129649
Reviewed May. 14, 2014

"I made this tonight for my Mom. She loved it! Whenever she says "it's a 5-star keeper", I know she loves it. She even asked for seconds, which is most unusual. Because I didn't have any leftover mashed potatoes, I prepared a full bag of Ore-Ida Steam and Mash Russet potatoes. I used 2 packets of low-sodium beef broth because she's on a low-sodium diet. I used a tad less Worcester sauce, and increased the amount of low-sodium ketchup. but the flavor was still GREAT! Oh, BTW, I loved it too! We will definitely have this again."

gillettcookie 57751
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2014

"Love love love it!!! Very easy, and I had all ingredients for it... Kids ate it up with minimal talking at the dinner table... A sure sign they enjoyed it! Anything with ketchup and Worcestershire sauce is a hit!"

Sylvia Beschman 65315
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2014

"Excellent flavors. I made this in advance, covered with foil, refrigerated until time for dinner. Warmed up at 350 for 15 minutes, uncovered, continued warming for 10 more minutes. I will allow a little longer to warm up next time, but it is still delicious. I think the ketchup gives it just a hint of sweetness. My hubby LOVED it and so did I."

MY REVIEW 151015
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2014

"The best thing is the flavor. The second best thing is how fast it is to make! I like how the minimal cooking allowed the frozen vegetables to keep their integrity and flavor. I used mixed vegetables instead of corn and peas only. I also upped the ketchup, W. sauce, and beef bullion granules by half again as much to give it an extra punch of flavor. A keeper!"

Meesing 66441
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2014

"I lightened this up with ground turkey, nonfat greek yogurt and then added a cup of green bell pepper, a little crushed red pepper flakes, a good amount of ground black pepper, 2 tsp beef bullion powder, and no worcestershire sauce. It was VERY good and I'll make it again!! GREAT comfort food while not being too damaging!! :)"

puppypal81 150017
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2013 Edited Dec. 8, 2014

"Yummy! This is such a great way to use up leftover mashed potatoes."

puppypal81 129647
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2013 Edited Dec. 8, 2014

"Yummy! This is such a great way to use up leftover mashed potatoes."

puppypal81 150959
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2013 Edited Dec. 8, 2014

"Yummy! This is such a great way to use up leftover mashed potatoes."

dollargirl 65314
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2013

"This was quick and easy, but if you like your food a little more 'zesty', like I do, then certainly don't omit using the Worcestershire sauce. I also added a generous dash of salt and black pepper. I didn't take the extra steps of mixing the beef broth and sour cream, so I used a can of mushroom soup instead."

lberry222 130068
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2013

"Super easy to make and very hearty on a cold day. Huge hit for the entire family! From youngest to oldest."

territeter 129645
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2012

"This was a wonderful and quick meal! Other than reducing the onion to 1/2 to suit my families tastes I followed the recipe and it turned out great. I'll certainly be making this one again."

workinmomTX 130065
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2012

"I thought it was delicious, didn't change a thing, and followed the recipe as written. It is a keeper!"

YummyFoodSeeker 66251
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2012

"This is a quick and delicious dinner all in one pot! Love that! I made a few changes to the recipe to suit my family's tastes and this was a meal they really raved about!!! I substituted a package of frozen mixed veggies (thawed) for the corn and peas. I saw other reviewers substitute beef broth for the granules and boiling water and I did the same. I also only used 1 1/2 tsp. worchestshire, based on reviews. Lastly, I added 1 can of diced tomatoes (drained) to add a bit more was delicious, kids and hubby all want it again!"

erinmarie78 63963
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2012

"I can't quite put my finger on why this wasn't my favorite, but I think I would skip the worcestershire sauce and ketchup and just make a beef broth type gravy to mix in - and also I would probably omit the peas, or put in fewer and add in some carrots. It wasn't bad, but not something I would make again, unless I adjusted it more to my tastes."

bellaambru 206937
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2012

"I've had different kinds of shephards pie this one was so easy to make and was very tasty had great flavor, the only thing I would change is instead of hamburger meat use corn beef and no onions, this was a great recipe though and will keep it on the list to make again!"

leiaruff 65313
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2012

"This is a go-to for my family. It's quick, easy, I usually have the ingredients on hand and my kids enjoy it."

intlanne 206936
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2012

"I liked how the whole dish was cooked on the stovetop rather than a mix of stovetop and oven; it was more convenient. I changed a few things: I used beef broth instead of water and bouillon, and I didn't have Worcestershire sauce so I replaced it with BBQ and hot sauce. Past Shepherd's Pie recipes have been extremely bland so I think the BBQ sauce and hot sauce actually made the recipe more enjoyable for us."

jordie89 130063
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2012

"Delicious! My husband loves this dish."

katlaydee3 129643
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2012

"This is really good and simple to make. I served it with a good crusty bread."

Tingzen 130019
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2011

"I love cooking this recipe, and my husband loves eating it! I much prefer this stovetop version to my old standby which called for putting it in the oven. The first time I made it was good, but it was missing a little something. I always added a bit of dried tarragon to my old recipe, and so I did with this one as well. Perfect!"

Katielabonte 57749
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2011

"Very good recipe. Would make again."

cookbookmom 66244
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2011

"I do agree with another poster that I might cut the Worcestershire sauce down a bit."

carriey351 97153
Reviewed May. 3, 2011

"Wonderful recipe! Everyone I serve it to absolutely loves it!"

dverzic 61390
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2011

"This was just okay. It's a little bland. I think if I make it again I'll add some tomato paste or something to flavor it up."

jchaberkorn 78122
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2011

"I've made this recipe so many times that I've lost track. The only thing I do different is I use vegetable or beef stock instead of the boullion and boiling water. This one is one of my favorite go-to's!"

skipperstrucking 57748
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2010

"This was a very easy and great tasting recipe. I didn't have frozen vegetables so I used canned corn and green beans. It turned out great. I like it even better the next day."

ashhelmsrnbsn 130058
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2010

"Husband asks me to make this recipe again and again!!"

richtercory 154828
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2010

"This was such an easy and delicious recipe! I would decrease the amount of Worcestershire sauce. I made the topping with half of the pie with the white potatoes and the other half I used mashed sweet potatoes (just salt, pepper, little butter and milk). The sweet potato side went faster than the traditional potato side. Thank you for this recipe!"

tkarinas 154827
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2010

"Shepherd's pie is one of the simplest, easiest meals to make in a hurry and this one is excellent. My family loves it and we'll be making it many more times. It's a keeper, for sure."

donna914 150958
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2010

"We really enjoy this comfort food in my home. It is easy to make & cooks up fast. Great one-dish meal that I will make again & again."

BrendainPa 150016
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2008

"Use a deep (3") skillet for this recipe-otherwise it may overflow! Very tasty comfort food."

psrfamily 206935
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2008

"My family LOVES this recipe!!!"

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