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Family Pleasin’ Shepherd's Pie

This comforting pie is made with creamy mashed potatoes, gooey cheddar cheese, juicy ground beef, and plenty of veggies!
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword best shepherds pie, how to make a shepherds pie, pie shepherd
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 42 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 2 minutes
Servings 8 servings


For the Mashed Potato Topping:

  • 4 lbs peeled cubed potatoes
  • ½ cup butter 1 stick
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin
  • ¾ cup warm milk
  • 1 ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon garlic salt Lawry’s
  • ½ teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper

For the Meat and Vegetable Layer:

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic salt Lawry’s
  • 1 15 oz can green beans drained
  • 1 15 oz can mixed veggies drained
  • 26 oz can Muir Glen Fire Roasted Tomatoes pureed in food processor or blender
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese


  • Place potatoes in a large pot of water and boil for 10-12 minutes or until fork tender. Drain then place into a stand or electric mixer. Beat until well mashed then add remaining potato ingredients until well combined. Set aside.
  • Heat olive oil into a large skillet over medium heat. Saute onion until softened, about 5 minutes. Add ground beef, salt, pepper and garlic salt; cook until browned and crumbled. Stir in beans, vegetables and pureed tomatoes. Pour meat mixture into a 9x13 inch baking dish or individual size baking dishes. Top with mashed potatoes then sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until cheese is melted. For crispy cheese topping bake uncovered, for oozing cheese, cover with foil after 15 minutes of baking. Enjoy!