This family favorite shepherd’s pie is made with spicy ground beef, green beans, and a super easy buttery potato crust.
What is Shepherd’s Pie?
Shepherd’s pie is technically a savory meat pie made with ground lamb simmered in a gravy or broth. Vegetables are often layered under the meat or mixed with the meat. Most always, the pie is topped with potatoes, mashed and spread over the dish to form a crust. Some folks use cauliflower mash to top the pie rather than potatoes.
What is Cottage Pie?
Cottage pie is the same thing as Shepherd’s Pie EXCEPT it uses ground beef instead of ground lamb. But you’ll find many folks referring to cottage pie as Shepherd’s pie, a more widely used and understood term for this meat pie that is popular in Irish fare, especially in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.
How do you season the meat for shepherd’s pie?
Some recipes call for simmering the ground meat in a beef or vegetable broth. Other recipes use a tomato based gravy type broth. My recipe is spicy, as I like my meat well seasoned. I use lots of special ingredients like dry onion soup mix, Worcestershire sauce, and a few others that give it flavor and kick. My meat for Shepherd’s pie is adapted from this Spicy Hamburger Vegetable Soup recipe. If you like this soup recipe, you’ll probably like this Shepherd’s pie recipe as well!
What vegetables do you use in Shepherd’s Pie?
I brown my meat almost completely, then I add chopped celery and chopped onion~cooking until meat is fully brown and vegetables are tender. I also start my dish with a layer of green beans. You’ll find recipes that call for several different vegetables for the ground beef layer and also different ones for the vegetable layer. A mixture of peas, carrots, onions and corn is popular in many recipes.
What topping is best for Shepherd’s pie?
Most recipes for shepherd’s pie call for a mashed potato topping that is baked to a golden brown. Some recipes top Shepherd’s pie with cauliflower mash. My recipe uses the easiest potato topping ever (but also super delicious). I use refrigerator case mashed potatoes that I heat, spread over the dish, spray with buttery olive oil spray, and bake to golden perfection.
What do you serve with Shepherd’s pie?
Shepherd’s pie (cottage pie) is a meal in itself really, but I like to serve a salad with it. My favorite one is featured in the video below, but if you want the full recipe, you’ll find it on my blog post for Easy Peasy Baby Blue Salad. It is SO delicious; everyone loves this salad.
Watch my video with tips for making Shepherd’s Pie
While making the Shepherd’s pie, I took a few very basic, unprofessional videos to show what I was doing for those who like visuals. The first portion of videos was filmed horizontally for the blog; the last ones were vertical for instagram. But both show the meat being browned, some special seasonings being added, and the fabulous easy potato crust that I used. And the last one shows my husband giving HIS opinion of the Shepherd’s pie lol.
If you make this Shepherd’s pie, I’d love to hear from you! If you leave comments below, we can all hear your take on this recipe (or your tips for making it better). As always, thanks so much for stopping by. Be blessed, and stay savvy!!!
- 1 1/2 lbs ground chuck
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2-3 ribs celery, diced
- 1 envelope dry onion soup mix (Lipton)
- 1-2 TB Worcestershire sauce
- 1 can Rotel tomatoes, undrained
- 1 can Campbell's tomato soup
- 1/2 cup beef broth (if needed to thin mixture)
- 2 cans green beans
- 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan
- 1 carton mashed potatoes *see notes
- red pepper
- salt & pepper to taste
- Brown ground beef until most of pink is gone (drain grease as needed).
- Add celery & onion to beef; brown until meat is done and vegetables are tender and translucent.
- Season meat with dry soup mix after draining meat and during the final browning.
- Season meat with Worcestershire (salt & pepper if desired).
- Add Rotel tomatoes and tomato soup; mix well.
- If mixture is too thick, add beef broth.
- Simmer mixture at least 30 minutes. **see note
- Drain green beans; spread on bottom of baking dish.
- Spread all meat mixture atop beans.
- Sprinkle meat with parmesan cheese.
- Microwave potatoes per directions on box.
- Stir potatoes until smooth; spread evenly over meat layer.
- Spray potato layer with butter/olive oil spray.
- Sprinkle potato layer with paprika and red pepper if desired.
- Bake uncoverd for 30-45 minutes until bubbly and golden on top.
*I use Simply Potatoes Sour Cream & Chive mashed potatoes
**Slow cooking on low for 4-6 hours will be ideal!
Serving Size1 cup
Amount Per Serving Calories 228Total Fat 12gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 54mgSodium 568mgCarbohydrates 12gFiber 1gSugar 4gProtein 18g