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Speedy Shepherd’s Pie

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.
  • Makes
    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 shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 3 cups leftover or refrigerated mashed potatoes, warmed


  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition 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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  • Kimosaabe
    Sep 5, 2020

    Ian has self appointed himself the Nomenclature Police. Obviously his screed is important to himself only.

  • cynandtom
    Apr 17, 2020

    I added corn, and turned it into a Make One- Freeze One! Simple and delicious. A definite keeper!

  • fhquilting
    Oct 20, 2018

    Ian, take a deep breath!! This is a very good recipe and I will call it anything I want.

  • Cynthia
    Oct 6, 2018

    Ian, get a life.

  • Ian
    Mar 13, 2018

    This should not be called a Shepherds Pie ... a Shepherds Pie is made with Lamb ... hence the name SHEPHERD This is sacrilege & an insult to the Irish

  • Karen
    Mar 12, 2018

    Super simple to make. I added extra vegetables, and didn't broil. Will definitely make again.

  • USA_Brit
    Jan 9, 2018

    Shepherds Pie is made with Lamb hence the name Shepherd. Cottage pie is made withBeef. I’m sure this “Cottage Pie” is good

  • JMartinelli13
    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
    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
    May 11, 2016

    This was so easy and delicious. Will definitely make this one again.