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Simple Shepherd’s Pie

This Simple Shepherd's Pie features a unique spin on the classic version and is ready in less than 20 minutes. Loaded with zesty ground beef, cheddar cheese, mixed veggies, and topped with creamy, cheesy mashed potatoes, this is the ultimate comfort dish for everyone to enjoy!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: main dish recipe, shepherds pie recipe
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 538kcal


  • pounds ground beef
  • 2 teaspoons dried minced onion
  • ½ teaspoon minced garlic
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning
  • 1 cup frozen mixed vegetables
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese , divided
  • 3 cups refrigerated leftover mashed potatoes (see note)


  • Preheat broiler to medium heat.
  • In a large, ovenproof skillet, cook and crumble ground beef, minced onion, and garlic over medium heat until beef is no longer pink. Drain mixture and return to skillet.
  • Stir in water, taco seasoning, and mixed vegetables and warm over medium heat for 3-4 minutes, or until vegetables are tender. Add 1 cup of cheese and stir. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, mix mashed potatoes and remaining cheese. Spread in an even layer over ground beef mixture.
  • Broil for 4-6 minutes, or until potatoes are slightly golden.
  • Serve immediately.


Mashed potatoes: If using the refrigerated, store-bought kind, you'll need a 24-ounce container.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 538kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 110mg | Sodium: 326mg | Potassium: 760mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2617IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 244mg | Iron: 3mg