Shepherd’s Pie (Slow Cooker Version)

If you’ve been following my cooking posts, you know that I try to break my Crock-Pot out at least twice a week. I’m always looking for new recipes for one-pot meals. It’s been years since I had Shepherd’s Pie, so I can’t say that this recipe is authentic, but I found it quite tasty and will be making it again.

The Shepherd’s Pie recipe takes a little more work than my usual slow-cooker meals, but wasn’t too bad at all. I’d say the most time-consuming part was peeling and mashing the potatoes.

I tweaked the recipe slightly, cause that’s what I do. 🙂 Seriously though, I do like to use what I have on hand.

My Ingredients:

  • 4 potatoes
  • 1/3 cup cream
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • salt & pepper (to taste)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 small bag frozen mixed vegetables

To begin, I pierced each potato several times with a fork before I popped them in the microwave. I turned the potatoes over after about 8 minutes and cooked them for 15 minutes total.

In the meantime, I chopped the onion up and sautéed them in olive oil in a frying pan on the stove top. After they became translucent, I added the garlic and let them cook for about 30 more seconds.

Onions for slow-cooker shepherd's pie on My Life: A Work in Progress

Next, I added the ground beef and chopped it up as it cooked and browned. When the meat is cooked through, stir in the tomato paste, Worcestershire, thyme, and about 1/2 tsp. of salt and pepper.

Mix 1 tbsp of cornstarch in a cup of water, then add to the pan. Keep stirring and let the mixture thicken a little. Then remove from heat.

Ground beef for slow-cooker shepherd's pie on My Life: A Work in Progress

In the meantime, my potatoes had cooled, so I peeled them and mashed them with the cream and butter. Next, I added salt and pepper to taste.

Spoon the meat/sauce mixture into the bottom of the slow cooker. Then layer the frozen veggies on top. The original recipe only called for 1 cup of frozen veggies, but this didn’t seem enough to me. If I’m making a one-pot meal, I want there to be plenty of veggies to make it healthier. I added an entire small bag.

Frozen veggies for slow-cooker Shepherd's Pie on My Life: A Work in Progress

Finally, layer the mashed potatoes on top.

Slow-cooker shepherd's pie on My Life: A Work in Progress

My Crock-Pot gets to a high temperature very quickly, so I set mine for about 2.5 hours on low.

The first time I made this, I followed the original recipe and set my Crock-Pot on low for three hours. When I turned the cooker off, the potatoes were getting crusty on the edges and sticking to the pot. Another way to solve this possibly would be to spray the inside of the cooker with Pam or another non-stick spray, before adding the food. (Or smearing butter…butter’s always tasty.)

The result:

Slow-cooker shepherd's pie on My Life: A Work in Progress

Slow-cooker shepherd's pie on My Life: A Work in Progress

It was simple and inexpensive! It could be made even healthier too, by using skim milk instead of cream and leaner ground beef. It was a hit with hubby, so I’ll be making this again. You can view the original recipe here.

What are your favorite Shepherd’s Pie recipes?

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  1. This post reminded me that we haven’t had shepherd’s pie in a long time. Maybe Wednesday as we have plans for Tuesday’s dinner.
    I fry up hamburger (sometimes with onion or minced onion), mix in a can of tomato soup, then I stir in some canned veggies (it varies with what we have, but we prefer some carrots, corn and green beans. Usually not the whole can of each, maybe half a can of each,not sure). I didn’t used to add spices, but the last few times I made it we added garlic powder, seasoning salt and pepper. Then we add mashed potatoes (we use the boxed kind unless I have extra time to prepare the “real” things). And I top it with shredded cheddar cheese.
    Definitely need to try your recipe.
    Thanks for sharing

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