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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JMartinelli13 User ID: 92779 261342
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2017

"I use mild seasoning because that's what my family prefers. If you aren't a fan of the prepackaged stuff, Taste of Home has a recipe for homemade that is fantastic. I also used 2 tablespoons of minced dried onion instead of fresh. My son gave this two thumbs up, my husband went back for seconds. Leftovers reheated well the next day. It would be easy to make up the meat mixture and freeze it for a future meal as well."

JanieDG User ID: 8581779 257303
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2016

"My family absolutely loved this! Could use ground lamb for a more traditional pie but this was awesome! Will make it over and over."

daddyspunkin_n_mommaspuddin User ID: 1404437 248106
Reviewed May. 11, 2016

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

annecooks User ID: 8360491 243090
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."

Angel182009 User ID: 6228642 230625
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."

ditouch User ID: 6133612 186697
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."

rachelmohler User ID: 7680310 211247
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!"

USA_Brit User ID: 1530631 187798
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2013

"This is actually Cottage pie. Shepherds pie is made with Lamb."

leannmi User ID: 3443220 186693
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2013

"easy to make and fast! Very good tasting. I think next time though I might add a can of corn to it before the potatoes go on it."

Eris Song User ID: 5443368 168748
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2012

"I made this the other night, but made just a few tweeks. Instead of adding taco seasoning to the meat, I made my own spices, using Johnny salt, garlic, and rosemary. I made real mashed potates with garlic. I spread the hamburger (and cheese) mix on the bottom of a 9x9 baking pan, and put the potatoes (and cheese) on top, then topped with more cheese. It came out pretty good, and is a good, quick stand-by recipe to go to. I will make it again."

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