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Crockpot Shepherd’s Pie Dinner for Two

Crockpot Shepherd's Pie with a spoon scooping some out

This Crockpot Shepherd’s Pie is made in your slow cooker and is an easy way to enjoy a classic comfort food casserole.

Ground beef is simmered with a tomato paste sauce, mushrooms, peas and carrots topped with cheesy mashed potatoes.

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What is the difference between shepherd’s pie and cottage pie?

Shepherd’s pie should only contain lamb, and cottage pie usually applies to one made with beef. So this recipe should probably be named cottage pie since it does not contain lamb. For more fun facts about shepherd’s pie read this article by Jamie Oliver called 10 things you didn’t know about shepherd’s pie.

Try this recipe with a refreshing glass of this Peach Sangria. Need a dessert to go with it? Try this Fruity Brownie Pizza or this Strawberry Cobbler.

How to make Crockpot Shepherd’s Pie:

Place the uncooked beef in an even layer in the bottom of a 4 quart slow cooker.   Click here for a 4 quart crockpot.

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Top the beef with the minced garlic and mushrooms.

ground beef, mushrooms, and garlic in a crockpot

In a medium bowl, whisk together the beef broth, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, oregano, garlic powder, and onion powder.

beef broth, tomato paste, worchestershire sauce, oregano, garlic powder, and onion powder mixed in a bowl

Pour the broth mixture over the contents of the slow cooker and stir to combine.

tomato sauce mixture stirred into ground beef mixture

Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 4 hours or on high for 2 hours, until the beef is cooked through.

To make the mashed potatoes, peel and cut them into 2 inch pieces.

potato cut into cubes

Place the potatoes in a medium saucepan and cover them with 2 inches of water and a sprinkle of salt. Bring the potatoes to a boil over high heat and cook for about 15 minutes until fork tender.

potatoes boiling in a sauce pan

Drain the potatoes and place them in a bowl.

Add the milk, butter, salt and pepper to taste.

Gently mash the potatoes with a handheld potato masher or mixer.

mashed potatoes in a bowl

In a small bowl, mix the flour and water until smooth.

flour and water mixture whisked in a bowl

Slowly stir the flour mixture into the slow cooker.

flour mixture mixed into the ground beef and tomato sauce mixture

Stir in the peas and carrots.

peas and carrots added to the shepherd's pie

Mix the cheddar into the mashed potatoes and spread in an even layer over the top of the beef and vegetables.

mashed potatoes on top of the shepherd's pie in a crockpot

Cover the slow cooker and cook on high for 30 minutes, until the gravy has thickened and the mashed potatoes are heated through.

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Yield: Serves 2

Crockpot Shepherd's Pie for Two

Crockpot Shepherd's Pie with a spoon scooping some out

This Crockpot Shepherd's Pie is made in your slow cooker and is an easy way to enjoy a classic comfort food casserole. Ground beef is simmered with a tomato paste sauce, mushrooms, peas and carrots topped with cheesy mashed potatoes.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 40 minutes

Ingredients

For the Beef:

  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1 tsp minced garlic from a jar
  • 1 can sliced mushrooms (drained)
  • 1/4 cup beef broth
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder

For the Mashed Potatoes:

  • 1 large russet potato
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter (melted)
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste)

To finish:

  • 1 Tbsp all purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 1 cup frozen peas and carrots (thawed)

Instructions

  1. Place the uncooked beef in an even layer in the bottom of a 4 quart slow cooker. Top with the minced garlic and mushrooms. Click for a 4 quart crockpot.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the beef broth, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, oregano, garlic powder, and onion powder.
  3. Pour the broth mixture over the contents of the slow cooker and stir to combine.
  4. Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 4 hours or on high for 2 hours, until the beef is cooked through.
  5. To make the mashed potatoes, peel and cut the potatoes into 2 inch cubes.
  6. Place the potatoes in a medium saucepan and cover them with 2 inches of water and a sprinkle of salt. Bring the potatoes to a boil over high heat for about 15 minutes until fork tender.
  7. Drain the potatoes and place them in a bowl.
  8. Add the milk, butter, salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Gently mash the potatoes with a handheld potato masher or mixer.
  10. In a small bowl, mix the flour and water until smooth, then slowly stir the mixture into the slow cooker.
  11. Add the peas and carrots.
  12. Mix the cheddar into the mashed potatoes and spread in an even layer over the top of the beef and vegetables.
  13. Cover the slow cooker and cook on high for 30 minutes, until the gravy has thickened and the mashed potatoes are heated through.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 769Total Fat: 42gSaturated Fat: 21gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 162mgSodium: 770mgCarbohydrates: 52gFiber: 7gSugar: 8gProtein: 47g

Nutrition information is a guideline only, is calculated automatically by third party software, and absolute accuracy is not guaranteed.

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Tammy

Sunday 16th of July 2017

This looks good! I have all the ingredients on hand, too!

Zona

Sunday 16th of July 2017

Thanks Tammy! Let me know if you liked it.

pm

Saturday 15th of July 2017

Do you brown the ground beef before adding to the crock?

Alma Davis

Saturday 2nd of May 2020

I saw that in the ingredients it called for minced garlic in jar but it didn't say when to add-just garlic powder. Also , if I cant eat mushrooms is there something I should do different like add more paste etc? Thank you.

Zona

Saturday 15th of July 2017

Hi pm, no I don't. It turns out great. Thanks for asking :)

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