This crock pot shepherd’s pie recipe is an easy meal that our family really enjoys. It combines ground beef and lamb with vegetables and gravy, then is topped off with creamy mashed potatoes. It’s basically a meat and potatoes with lots of delicious gravy. It is easy to see why this is a family favorite.
After a long day, you want to unwind from your day and enjoy the company of friends and family. Traditional Irish pub food is hearty and delicious. Take these – Shepherd’s Pie, Fish and Chips, Boxty, Colcannon, Corned Beef and Cabbage, etc. These traditional Irish dishes all contains many of the common Irish cooking staples; potatoes, meat or seafood, and stews. When you want to make classic comfort food like these, why not pull out your slow cooker. This crock pot shepherd’s pie is one slow cooker recipe you will make again and again! Trust me.
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Easy Shepherd’s Pie Recipe
This easy crock pot Shepherd’s pie is perfect for family dinner but it’s also really good for large crowds or potlucks. This slow cooker recipe makes enough for 8-10 people because that’s the capacity of my 3.5 Quart Crock Casserole Slow Cooker.
If you’re not feeding a crowd, you can either make half the recipe or freeze the leftovers. My family actually enjoys this dish the second day because they flavors get all happy and mesh together over night.
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How to Make Shepherd’s Pie
It is really easy to cook shepherd’s pie in a crock pot. I generally have cooked ground beef and lamb in the freeze as well as frozen peas. I combine those with a few other veggies like carrots, celery, and onions, then add beef stock and herbs. Finally I top it off with mashed potatoes. If you made mashed potatoes for dinner the night before we can use leftovers or just make a fresh batch. You could always use instant, but homemade tastes soooo much better. Turn the slow cooker on and let it do its thing.
Crock Pot Shepherd’s Pie
Easy Shepherd’s Pie Recipe
Follow the recipe below and your family will fall in love with this Irish Shepherd’s pie with beef and lamb. We buy grass fed beef and lamb that we get from a local farm and it’s amazing. If you haven’t had lamb before, this is a perfect way to try it. Not a lamb fan, just substitute another pound of ground beef, but you can also use ground turkey if you like.
Irish Shepherd’s pie with beef
This crock pot shepherd’s pie is cooked all day on low or for 4-5 hours on high. In the end you get a creamy beef and lamb filling topped with mashed potatoes. Serve it with a side salad or some Irish soda bread.
Easy crock pot shepherd's pie made with beef and lamb. It's classic comfort made in the convenience of a slow cooker.
15 minPrep Time
4 hrCook Time
4 hr, 15 Total Time
4 cups of peeled potatoes, rough chopped (about 1.5 lbs)
1 teaspoon minced garlic, optional
1/4 cup of milk
4 Tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon teaspoon salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 pound crumbled ground beef
1 pound crumbled ground lamb
12 ounces frozen peas
1 onion, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
3 cups of beef stock with 3 tablespoon of flour whisked in
1.5 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons pepper
2 teaspoons dried thyme
1 tablespoon dried parsley
2 teaspoons garlic powder
- Place potatoes, minced garlic, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt in a large saucepan.
- Cover potatoes with water and boil until potatoes are soft.
- Strain water from the potatoes in a colander.
- Return drained potatoes back to saucepan and mash with a potato masher .
- Add milk, butter, remaining salt, and pepper. Combine well and set aside.
- Cook ground beef and lamb in a skillet until brown.
- Add cooked meat to the bottom of the slow cooker .
- Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine.
- Spread mashed potatoes evenly over the beef and lamb filling.
- Cover with slow cooker lid and cook on high for 4-5 hours or on low for 7-8 hours.
Oven Version – Shepherd’s Pie with Lamb
If you are looking for a traditional baked shepherd’s pie with lamb recipe, you can prepare all the ingredients ahead of time. When you are ready, pop the shepherd’s pie it in a cold oven and bring up the temperature to 400 degrees F. Cook for 25 to 28 minutes. (Note: Place casserole dish in a cold oven to prevent the dish for breaking from rapid temperature change)
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