My husband loves Shepherd’s Pie, and when we’re out to eat and it’s on the menu he always gives it careful consideration. So he was excited when Crock Pot Shepherd’s Pie was our Crock Pot Thursday pick. I was excited too, because I had a ton of leftover mashed potatoes to use up, and shepherd’s pie calls for mashed taters. For me, mashed potatoes are like pasta, in that I can never make the appropriate amount. I either make way too little, or more often than not, I make enough mashed potatoes to feed the neighborhood. When that happens, I make shepherd’s pie.
I know a true shepherd’s pie calls for lamb, but I used beef because I like it better. You could be a real rebel and even use ground turkey if you wanted! This dish with beef is supposed to be called cottage pie, which I am obviously not doing, and I have no idea what it would be called if ground poultry was used.
Now, I used a bag of frozen mixed veggies that had corn, carrots, peas, and green beans in it, but you can use whatever frozen vegetables you like, or if you’re like me, whichever vegetables your kids will eat.
Crock Pot Shepherd’s Pie
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp ground pepper
- 6 oz can tomato paste
- 2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 3 cups frozen mixed vegetables
- 4 cups mashed potatoes
- 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
- In a skillet, brown ground beef with onion, garlic, salt, and pepper, until no longer pink. Drain grease.
- Add tomato paste and Worcestershire sauce to meat mixture, and stir until combined.
- Spray slow cooker liner with cooking spray, and layer ground beef mixture in the bottom.
- Next, layer frozen vegetables on top of meat.
- Spread mashed potatoes on top of frozen vegetables.
- Cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours.
- Sprinkle cheese on top of potatoes. Cover again and cook until cheese is melted, about 15 minutes.
Have I told you how much I love my casserole-sized Crock Pot? It’s perfect for dishes like this. I’ve been slow cooking way more casseroles since getting this bad boy. If you don’t have a casserole slow cooker, a trusty oval-shaped one will be just fine for this Crock Pot Shepherd’s Pie, but if you’re a slow cooker fan, you should pick one of these up.
This made a great, hearty, and “comfort food” type dinner. I used my casserole crock pot, so it was not so deep, and the layers were just right. Loved the flavor, and it was very attractive. This made a lot of shepherd’s pie, and every bit of the leftovers were great.
Our family enjoyed this easy version of shepherd’s pie. I made extra mashed potatoes a few days before and just put them on top. I thought the recipe I was great. I didn’t have a bag of mixed vegetables and they were about $10.00 at our local grocer so I opted to make my own with a cup of peas, corn, and green beans. It worked great. My only change for next time would be to spice up the beef a little more… I like a flavorful meat base.
Everyone in my family ate this right up, and the kids even ate some of the vegetables! We were able to serve it for dinner two nights, because it’s a pretty hefty recipe.