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Barbecue Shepherd’s Pie

Have a wholesome meal even on hectic nights. I like to add leftover veggies, like green beans, sweet potatoes or corn, and zip it up with chipotle powder. —Angela Buchanan, Longmont, Colorado
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup honey barbecue sauce
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1 package (24 ounces) refrigerated mashed potatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add turkey and onion; cook 6-8 minutes or until turkey is no longer pink, breaking up turkey into crumbles; drain. Stir in carrots, peas, barbecue sauce and ketchup.
  • Transfer to a greased 1-1/2-qt. baking dish. Spread mashed potatoes over top; sprinkle with paprika. Bake, uncovered, 30-35 minutes or until filling is bubbly.
    Freeze Option: Cool unbaked casserole; cover and freeze. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake casserole as directed, increasing time as necessary to heat through and for a thermometer inserted in center to read 165°.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 405 calories, 21g fat (10g saturated fat), 63mg cholesterol, 870mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 4g fiber), 16g protein.

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  • gremaux
    Jul 31, 2020

    EXCELLENT. We liked this a lot. Will definitely have again

  • bicktasw
    Mar 6, 2020

    This is a refreshing twist on the usual Shepherd's Pie. I used ground beef instead of turkey and used frozen mixed vegetables instead of the carrots and peas. Lastly, I used instant mashed potatoes on top. My husband absolutely loved it!!!! I'll surely be making this again!

  • JL
    Dec 23, 2019

    gmh1944, rebelwithoutaclue actually HAS a clue. Shepherds pie IS traditionally made with lamb. If it's not lamb, it's not a real Shepherds Pie. The entire USA seems to have confused Cottage Pie with Shepherds Pie.

  • mythyagain
    Nov 20, 2017

    Quick and tasty. I will try adding cheese to the top of the potatoes next time.

  • LPHJKitchen
    Nov 9, 2015

    This recipe was pleasantly surprising. I'm used to "traditional shepherd's pie" but I liked this BBQ version - and my husband loved it more! I made homemade mashed potatoes and threw a bit of cheddar cheese on top. As others have said, you could easily use other ingredients to try new varieties!

  • gmh1944
    Mar 17, 2015

    This was good as written. So many things to try with it. rebelwithoutaclue, your user name says it all. How about try this recipe & rate or don't try it & find something else to complain about! Like many others I am tired of those that complain about a recipe & they haven't even tried it! Notice in most cases the rest of the reviews are good too very good. Says a lot doesn't it?

  • gucci65
    Mar 5, 2015

    Try using a small can of tomato paste with 1 cup of water. It reduces the sweet flavor. Also adds a little bit more moisture. I also added cheese bacon and scallions on the top. Was very good. !

  • mspat2034
    Feb 14, 2015

    This was so good, I can't wait to make it again. We used fresh carrots instead of frozen peas and carrots only because we didn't have them. We used reg barbecue sauce instead of honey barbecue sauce. Can't wait to make this for my father.

  • abashu
    Jan 17, 2015

    I made mashed potatoes rather than buying them. I also put cheese on top. It seemed a little dry but still good.

  • fregeau
    Jan 5, 2015

    Awesome take on traditional Shepherd's Pie! My husband loved it. I did use instant mashed potatoes though instead of refrigerated. It turned out wonderful and I had it on hand.