Speedy Shepherd's Pie Recipe
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Speedy Shepherd's Pie Recipe

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Turn mashed potatoes and a few pantry staples into cozy comfort food. This recipe is really flexible, so if you have extra veggies on hand, stir them into the beef mixture for even more goodness. —Sharon Tipton, Winter Garden, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 3 cups leftover or refrigerated mashed potatoes, warmed

Nutritional Facts

1 serving: 782 calories, 45g fat (24g saturated fat), 206mg cholesterol, 1756mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 3g fiber), 52g protein


  1. Preheat broiler. In a large ovenproof skillet, cook beef, onion and garlic over medium heat until beef is no longer pink, breaking up beef into crumbles; drain. Stir in water and taco seasoning; heat through. Stir in 1 cup cheese. Remove from heat.
  2. In a bowl, mix mashed potatoes and remaining cheese; spread over beef mixture. Broil 4-6 in. from heat 5-6 minutes or until top is golden brown. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Skillet Shepherd's Pie in Taste of Home October/November 2009, p46

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Reviewed May. 11, 2016

"This was so easy and delicious. Will definitely make this one again."

Reviewed Feb. 2, 2016

"I'm not a real fan of ground beef unless it's a burger, but this was a great dish for those that do like ground beef in recipes. Husband liked this a lot. I used leftover stuffed cabbage mixture instead of taco seasoning and it turned out very good. Will be making this again."

Reviewed Aug. 3, 2015

"My two-year-old son who is very picky at dinner had to helpings of this! It was delicious and full of flavor. Next time I think I will add corn into the beef mixture. I used garlic powder instead of fresh garlic."

Reviewed Nov. 21, 2014

"LOL and what are left over mashed potatoes? I never have those as left overs.

But this is good anyway even if I have to make the mashed potatoes."

Reviewed Jun. 3, 2014

"This is a wonderful recipe! I made it for my family to help my mom and I did not need any help. I have made it 2 times now and the second time I added one bag of microwavable mixed veggies. I also used instant mashed potatoes. Also, the broiling is optional if you don't care about it looking professional. I used 2 lbs. of beef to make it feed 6 instead of four and used garlic powder instead of cloves. It was a great, quick dish for a teen to make after a busy day!"

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