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Skillet Shepherd’s Pie

This is the best shepherd's pie recipe 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.
  • Makes
    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


  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.

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  • Ground lamb is another classic choice for shepherd's pie.
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  • Nutrition Facts
    1 serving: 448 calories, 20g fat (12g saturated fat), 80mg cholesterol, 781mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 7g fiber), 24g protein.


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    • Sara
      Oct 27, 2020

      I agree with Chris. I can’t even make this recipe because there are so many ads popping up or covering things. Very disappointing.

    • Katy's mom
      Oct 25, 2020

      I made Cottage Pie for dinner just two nights ago. Used carrots, onions, fresh string beans, and mushrooms (all sauteed in butter until tender). For grownup flavor, I added a goodly splash of red wine, beef broth, and tomato paste (versus ketchup). Skipped the cheese topping. Perhaps not quite traditional, but very delicious and the family loved it.

    • Chris
      Oct 20, 2020

      I’m sure the recipe is great, but the add, obviously ok’d by Taste of Home is cutting off the last 3 ingredients on the list. Really, really poor planning Taste of Home!!

    • Trisha
      Oct 2, 2020


    • Kathleen
      Oct 1, 2020

      I just made the shepards pie. This is the first time I've made it, and in fact the first time I've eaten it. I didn't have peas, so I used twice the amount of corn. I really liked it. This is something that I will make again. Thank you for this recipe as well as all the others you have provided.

    • brandhorstb
      Sep 5, 2020

      My husband and sons are very picky eaters—one of my sons is a chef. They all loved this dish. I made it exactly according to the recipe except that I topped it with some green onions (on top of the cheddar at the end.) I love that I can make this with ingredients I regularly keep around the house. Very flavorful. Thanks for this one. It’s a keeper!

    • joycerm53
      Jul 22, 2020

      This is a great recipe. True “comfort food”! The only change I make- I use frozen mixed vegetables in place of the peas and corn. I have also made it with pork. Joyce Moynihan, Volunteer Field Editor

    • Richard
      May 21, 2020

      Hate to be a pain, but this is a cottage pie. Shepherd's pie is made with lamb.

    • JaneDough24
      Apr 15, 2020

      My husband loves shepherd's pie, so I had to make this when I saw the recipe (he loves corn, too); and I have to say this is the best tasting shepherd's pie. Easy to make - with a yum-yum factor that has him raving. Thank you TOH!

    • Kristy
      Mar 30, 2020

      This recipe was super easy to make and my whole family loved it, including my picky 4 and 6 year old girls. Glad I found this. Will definitely add to my rotation of meals. I typically have all these ingredients on hand.