Shepherd’s Pie (In the Crock Pot)

Let me start by saying that while I say “In the Crock Pot,” the shepherd’s pie is made the same as you would make it if cooking it in the oven but I throw everything in the crock pot and let it cook slowly so it comes out tasty and piping hot.

I made mine on Wednesday so that when I got back from my weekly Dr’s appointment, all I had to do was put the bowl back in the crock pot and turn it on and all my dinner prep work was done and I could nap lol!

My shepherd’s pie never comes out “pretty” when I serve it because Chris loves extra “gravy” in the meat layer and lots of creamed corn and mixed veggies in his!

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Sandie

These are my ingredients. I used a “batch” of my Garlic Smashed Potatoes for this, just because of the added flavour, but you can use your own favourite mashed potato recipe, or even leftover potatoes from a previous night!

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Prepare your mashed potatoes using your favourite recipe.

Then I start browning the ground beef in the microwave until it is fully cooked and then drain it.

I add the garlic, chopped green onions, beef broth and corn starch to the cooked ground beef.

I return the bowl to the microwave on high heat, cooking it until the “gravy” has thickened, about 5 minutes… stirring every 90 seconds or so.

Note: You can also just use packaged gravy mix if you prefer.

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In a medium bowl, I mixed together the creamed corn and the drained can of mixed veggies.

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I poured the meat mixture into the bottom of my crock pot bowl.

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Next comes the layer of creamed corn and mixed veggies…..

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Then I add the layer of mashed potatoes and sprinkle the top with grated cheese.

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And then I cook it on low for 4 – 6 hours. (You can see the extra “gravy” working it’s way to the top lol…. but shepherd’s pie is supposed to be a messy comfort food!}

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And then scoop it out and serve it.

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Recipe

Shepherd’s Pie (In the Crock Pot)

Preparation Time: 30 minutes Cooking Time: 4 – 6 hours Servings: 4 – 6

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 extra lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 2 tsp. minced garlic
  • 4 -5 cups prepared mashed potatoes, I used Garlic Mashed Potatoes
  • 2 small cans creamed corn
  • 1 small can mixed vegetables
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 3 tbsp. corn starch
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1 cup grated cheese

Directions

  1. Prepare mashed potatoes.
  2. In large microwave safe bowl, brown ground beef on high heat until fully cooked and then drain.
  3. Mix corn starch with water until smooth.
  4. Add broth, corn starch, green onion and minced garlic to browned beef.
  5. Mix to combine and then return to microwave.
  6. Cook on high heat until gravy has thickened.
  7. In a medium bowl, mix together the creamed corn and mixed vegetables.
  8. In bowl of crock pot, pour ground beef mixture evenly in bottom.
  9. Spread creamed corn mixture evenly over beef mixture.
  10. Top with mashed potatoes and grated cheese.
  11. Cook on low heat for 4 – 6 hours until heated through.
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13 thoughts on “Shepherd’s Pie (In the Crock Pot)

  1. This is a very creative version of this classic. I had never thought of using creamed corn. I’m going to try that out! I also like the “messiness” of it. When it’s done in the oven I love how the potatoes get a crunchy outer crust but I could also enjoy the comfort of it being all soft and warm, too.

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    • I have always used cream corn. What do you use when you make it? The crispy potatoes are very delicious, I do cook it that way sometimes too but I really like being able to just turn the crock pot on and know they will have a nice hot “comfort” food dinner with little effort on my part… especially on my therapy days lol!

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      • I totally understand what you’re saying and I can see this idea for the crock pot fitting into my life on particular days, especially when I can’t be bothered with keeping track of the oven (preheating, etc). Whenever I’ve made this, I’ve stuck with the basic classic recipe: Worcesteshire, onion, peas, carrots, meat topped with mashed potatoes. There are so many wonderful variations on this dish and I like your idea of the creamed corn. My mom used to use corn in hers and I thought that was fine. I don’t use it usually because I never have any lying around and because it really doesn’t matter to me. NOW creamed corn is something truly special that I love. I would have to make my own, but I want to make some and create a batch of shepherd’s pie with it mixed in because I can just imagine the flavor and texture of the meat filling as really special.

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      • There are so many variations. I keep wanting to try it with sweet potatoes but I always forget until I’m actually in the middle of making it 😔. Maybe one of these days!
        I found a recipe for cream corn with cream cheese in it I’ve been meaning to try as well…another one of those “one of these days ” things!

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      • HOWEVER I saw a flavored cream cheese today with herbs de provence that I think would be really nice. Also, I’ve thought about Mexican spices or making it more “Italian” style. By the way, who needs hamburger helper with so many pie possibilities!

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      • I can’t believe there is someone out there that doesn’t like dill! 😮 My kids literally teethed on cold dill pickles!
        Lol. That is hilarious! I have been trying to think of how to go about making a Mexican version! I’ve considered Mexican rice instead of the potatoes, taco seasoning in the beef of course, and maybe tomatoes, onion and peppers in a spicy cheese sauce in the middle?

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      • I like dill and LOVE dill for pickles and fish (especially salmon) as well as poultry and for salad dressing, but for some reason not hamburger. However, I like a pickle on a hamburger. Weird.

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