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Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

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Fluffy mashed potatoes are layered on top of a saucy mixture of seasoned ground beef and vegetables to make this Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie.

Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie with White Ramekin

Can sweet potatoes make shepherd’s pie?

Yes, I can! Traditionally, shepherd’s pie is topped with mashed potatoes. However, in this recipe, the savory sweet potatoes create a pleasant depth of flavor for this dish.

While we’re talking about the traditional Shepherd’s Pie, let’s go ahead and note that the classic Shepherd’s Pie is made with ground meat compared to beef, which is more popular today. In cooking, ground beef is more easily accessible.

The beef here is seasoned with Italian seasonings and a splash of balsamic vinegar. Along with that, a little green chili is also mixed in. You can certainly skip the chili, but it does work well to enhance the flavor without bringing any heat at all.

Most people call this type of dish Shepherd’s Pie. Technically, when made with beef, this is a rancher pie or cottage pie. increase.)

In other words, you can’t please everyone. So call it whatever you like. Please be assured that you can eat as soon as you arrive at the table.

Appetizing isn’t the word I usually use to describe Shepherd’s pie or Cottage pie. This is man’s food, right? To be honest, I have never been a big fan of dishes with ground beef as the main ingredient.

I fell in love with the simple flavors and how you can add a few simple ingredients to create delicious and filling meals for your hungry crew. is not an easy task. In the process, ground beef became my best friend.

Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie Ground beef and seasonings in skillet

sweet potato shepherd’s pie

To make the filling, cook ground beef in a large skillet. Add lots of stuff. My favorite is this 12 inch frying panI’m sure I use it every day.

If possible, use 90/10 ground beef for this so you can skip the step of draining the grease.When the ground beef is still slightly pink, add the onions and carrots.

Sweet potato shepherd's pie with tomatoes and green chillies

Continue cooking and add minced garlic, parsley, thyme, basil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Cook for a further 2-3 minutes until the onions are softened.

The tomatoes, green chillies, and balsamic vinegar you add next will provide so much flavor. Continue cooking over medium heat until the liquid is slightly reduced. Stir in frozen peas, adjusting salt and pepper as needed.

Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie with Mashed Potatoes and Casserole in a Pot

Spoon everything into a casserole dish and let it sit for a few minutes while you mash the potatoes. (Sweet potatoes can be easily mashed by hand with this handheld fine masher.)

Season the potatoes with salt and pepper and add a few drops of milk if desired. Spoon potatoes over beef mixture.

Bake until hot and bubbly, about 25 minutes. Remove from oven and let rest for at least 10 minutes before serving.

There are several reasons to let it rest a bit before serving. First, this is steamy hot, so don’t burn yourself. Second, this will cause the material to harden a bit as it cools.

Sweet potato shepherd's pie in a white casserole dish

sweet potato shepherd’s pie

Don’t be intimidated by the rather long ingredient list. Shepard’s pie is easy to make!

  • sweet potato
  • Ground beef
  • yellow onion
  • garlic
  • carrot
  • diced tomato stew
  • chopped green chilli (optional, but highly recommended here)
  • balsamic vinegar
  • parsley
  • time
  • basil
  • Kosher
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • beans
Sweet potato shepherd's pie with a ramekin with white casserole in the background

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Serving: 6

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  • Peel the sweet potato and cut into 1-inch cubes. Place in a pot and sprinkle with water and salt. Cook until forks are tender. This will take her less than 15 minutes.

  • While the potatoes are cooking, cook the ground beef over medium heat to loosen it. Once browned, drain the oil and add the onions and carrots. Cook for 2-3 minutes, then add minced garlic, parsley, thyme, basil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Cook for a further 2-3 minutes until the onions are softened.

  • Add tomatoes, green chillies and balsamic vinegar. Cook until liquid is reduced, if necessary. Stir in peas; Taste, then season with salt and pepper. Adjust as needed. Remove from heat and set aside.

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Drain the potatoes and mash them lightly with a potato masher. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add a little milk and stir until the potatoes are smooth and fluffy.

  • Layer beef mix in baking dish and top with mashed potatoes. Bake in center of oven for 25 minutes or until hot and bubbly. fun!

calorie: 401kcal · carbohydrates: 26g · protein: twenty twog · obesity: twenty threeg · saturated fat: 9g · Polyunsaturated fat: 1g · Monounsaturated fat: Teng · Trans fat: 1g · cholesterol: 81mg · sodium: 688mg · potassium: 830mg · fiber: Fiveg · sugar: 8g · Vitamin A: 14483IU · Vitamin C: 17mg · calcium: 86mg · iron: Fourmg

{First published 2/1/12 – recipe notes and photos updated 2/15/23}

Adapted recipe from and thanks to gluten free goddess

Shepherd's pie topped with sweet potato

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