Our Top 10 Shepherd's Pie Recipes
These shepherd's pie recipes run the range from the traditional (featuring ground or minced lamb) to the modestly modified (ground beef instead of lamb) to the more modern and experimental (vegan or paleo shepherd's pies). You can't go wrong with any of these savory one-pot comfort-food casseroles, complete meals that also feature veggies, a savory gravy, and a mashed potato (or a surprise) topping. Along with the recipes, we'll also feature some top tips from the Allrecipes community for making the best shepherd's pies yet.
Sophie's Shepherds Pie
Let's start with a traditional take, made with lamb mince! "It's so cheap, quick, and easy to make. This is a 'larder cupboard' recipe, which means you can substitute for whatever you have handy in the cupboard," says SophieScott.
Chef John's Irish Shepherd's Pie
A shepherd's pie with just a wee touch of an Irish twist. This one's made the traditional way with ground lamb but features shredded Irish Cheddar cheese (like Dubliner by Kerrygold) mixed into the creamy mashed potato topping. To top the pie with mashed potatoes, Chef John recommends laying down several large spoonfuls of potatoes on the meat mixture, instead of placing one giant dollop of mashed potatoes in the center and spreading it out with a spatula.
A Scotsman's Shepherd Pie
Before we move on from the British Isles, let's give one last crack to a Scotsman: "Yes, shepherd's pie is predominantly thought of as Irish or British," says Larry Short. "But since I'm Scottish, I thought I'd give it a unique twist to suit my ancestral tastes. The use of lamb, the smoky, heather taste of Guinness Draught (Irish, I admit), and the topping of sharp Cheddar and smoked paprika give this version its unique, smoky-sweet flavor."
Moroccan Shepherd's Pie
And we're off to Northern Africa! This shepherd's pie features the traditional minced lamb, but from there the recipe takes things in a sweet-and-savory direction. "This is a Moroccan take on shepherd's pie," says Maryam. "With lamb and turmeric simmered with cinnamon, raisins, and sweet potato. This dish also looks pleasant and each happy eater gets their own ramekin!" You can also take a cue from reviewer KMax3050 who used a Moroccan spice mix called Ras al Hanout instead of the (very similar) spices this recipe calls for.
Zippy Shepherd's Pie
With this top-rated recipe, we're heading into ground beef territory. Things get kind of zippy with mild curry powder as an ingredient -- add more or less curry as you like. "The ground beef mixture can be made ahead and frozen," says LAURA BELA. "You can substitute instant potatoes for the real thing if you're in a hurry."
Shepherd's Pie VI
An easy ground beef-based shepherd's pie with veggies in homemade gravy, topped with Cheddar cheese mashed potatoes. "For something a little different, add cooked barley to the meat mixture," suggests Jacquie.
Paleo Shepherd's Pie
Vegan Shepherd's Pie with Sweet Potato
From lamb to beef to totally meatless. "This vegan shepherd's pie is comforting, healthy, delicious, and really easy to make," says MyNutriCounter. "You can also make it in batches to freeze and serve when you don't have much time to cook. We used lentils to make ours, but you could use chickpeas instead if you'd prefer. Serve with fresh cilantro if desired."
Instant Pot® Shepherd's Pie
"Shepherd's, cottage, meat and potato Pie — call it what you want, it’s really good! I added mushrooms and zucchini. Still don’t care what it’s called. It’s easy, a great use of the Instant Pot, and delicious," reviewer Vicki Page says.
Autumn Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie
Sweet potatoes, canned pumpkin, and cinnamon give this take on shepherd's pie its comforting fall flavor. "Was an absolute hit at my house tonight. Wanted to try something new and this was it! Super easy to make and absolutely delicious," reviewer chrisabruzzio says. "The flavors are terrific and compliment each other well. I will definitely be making this again a new fall favorite!"