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Paleo Shepherd's Pie

Rated as 4.32 out of 5 Stars

"Shepherd's pie using cauliflower mash in lieu of potatoes. Make the filling early in the day and refrigerate it so that all the spices soak into the beef."
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1 h 4 m servings 308
Original recipe yields 10 servings (10 bowls)


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  1. Melt 1 tablespoon coconut oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add carrots and onion; season with salt and pepper. Cook and stir until onion is translucent and carrots begin to soften, about 5 minutes.
  2. Stir peas, garlic, curry powder, garlic powder, turmeric, paprika, oregano, and cumin into the pot; cook until combined, about 2 minutes. Add extra coconut oil as needed. Stir in ground beef; cook until browned, about 5 minutes. Add tomato paste and stir until fully incorporated, about 2 minutes.
  3. Place a steamer insert into a saucepan and fill with water to just below the bottom of the steamer. Bring water to a boil. Add cauliflower, cover, and steam until tender, 5 to 7 minutes. Drain and pat dry with paper towels.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  5. Combine drained cauliflower, butter, and cream cheese in a large bowl. Mash with an immersion blender until smooth.
  6. Spread beef mixture evenly in a large casserole dish. Cover with mashed cauliflower. Brush beaten egg lightly on top.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven until hot, about 10 minutes. Turn on oven broiler; cook until top is browned in places, about 5 minutes.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • I used grass-fed ground beef.
  • Substitute ghee for the butter if desired.
  • Substitute your favorite oil for the coconut oil if preferred.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 308 calories; 20.3 13.2 18.9 87 189 Full nutrition

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Turned out great! Made it true to the recipe (except I did half ground turkey, half beef) only thing I would do differently is brown the beef ahead in order to drain out the grease. I made the m...

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Not for me. A lot of work. Made a huge mess in the kitchen. The result was a “meh”. Ok but not worth the trouble.

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Turned out great! Made it true to the recipe (except I did half ground turkey, half beef) only thing I would do differently is brown the beef ahead in order to drain out the grease. I made the m...

Definitely, 5 stars for flavor and eye appeal. This was delicious, and so satisfying to a casserole lover, like me! Casseroles don't usually make the cut for Paleo followers, or Whole30 folks....

I made it lower in carbs by substituting the peas and carrots with a bag of kale, spinach, broccoli stalk and cabbage, which I added once the beef was browned, increased the tomato paste to 1/4 ...

I made it (minus the peas and cream cheese - not paleo) and it was good. I have yet to get my cauliflower mash to be a good substitute for potatoes, but otherwise the recipe was a good way to s...

This is a WOW dish! I was looking for something that resembled our old shepherds pie that I used to make, but without the potatoes (since we are low carb). My husband and I didn't expect this re...

It was good! Very surprised how good the cauliflower topping was because I do not like cauliflower mash, but in this dish it works.

I made it vegetarian but substituting crumbles for beef. This made it a bit I added siracha ketchup, garam masala and a tablespoon of tamari which added a lot of flavor.

This was absolutely amazing. I had a feeling it would be delicious since I’ve made the cauliflower mash on its own several times as a side. I used sour cream instead of cream cheese for the mas...

I use half as much onion as the recipe calls for added extra carrots and omitted the peas. Also I added a little bit of old cheddar chees on top. The family loved it and I will be making this ag...