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Speedy Shepherd's Pie Recipe

Speedy Shepherd's Pie Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

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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!"

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."

A.Logan User ID: 4951556 145482
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2012

"I dont think I will be making this again. My kids thought it was to spicy and the food just tasted like taco meat with potatoes on top. I also think if anyone does make this dont put in the whole envelope of taco seasoning mix it is WAY to much.. maybe use half or less? I was a little dissapointed in this meal."

A.Logan User ID: 4951556 101780
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2012

"I dont think I will be making this again. My kids thought it was to spicy and the food just tasted like taco meat with potatoes on top. I also think if anyone does make this dont put in the whole envelope of taco seasoning mix it is WAY to much.. maybe use half or less? I was a little dissapointed in this meal."

nchantedangel User ID: 5121780 116364
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2011

"This was a good recipe. I added a can of sweet corn and used store bought/prepared mashed potatoes. It was a quick meal to make and it filled my boys' bellies! All kids love hamburger and mashed potatoes!"

Pattid2 User ID: 5207207 184714
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2010

"I think it called for a few more mashed potatoes then needed. I layered it in a 3 quart corning ware caserole before placing it under the broiler. Also since I had a little bit of Emeril's Garlic Sauce leftover in the fridge I added about 3/4 of a cup to the meat mixture. My husband isn't a big fan of Taco seasoning. Overall it was a big hit."

tlcd1961 User ID: 1395736 145481
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2010

"This was VERY easy to make and quite tasty. I also added some chopped green pepper in with the meat while cooking. Yummy!"

andrewsatre User ID: 5191442 173179
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2010 Edited Feb. 3, 2016

"Added a can on green chiles to the ground beef and it was great!"

jnjrok User ID: 1992251 185019
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2010

"It needs something else added to give it some flavor. I thought it was quite bland."

cheryl coen User ID: 3915051 173155
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2009

"Very good. Be sure to drain meat after browning."

shipu2002 User ID: 1738455 108023
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2009

"I was worried I was going to be disappointed with this since it was so basic, but it turned out to be great for my husband and I and our 2 young girls. I only used 1 lb. ground beef, and don't forget to drain it after browning since the recipe doesn't mention it. I mixed in 1/2 c. cheese with the potatoes and sprinkled 1/2 c. on top before broiling. Make sure your skillet is oven safe. This was great with a side of peas."

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