Recipe: Shepherd’s Pie with Sweet Potato Topping

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This healthy recipe for shepherd’s pie with sweet potato topping is so tasty, it’s almost too good to be true. This easy paleo recipe is delicious and packed with tons of protein and nutrition. We love the sweet potato topping and prefer it over the mashed potato topping that is used in the original recipe. If you don’t eat beef, you can easily sub ground turkey or chicken and this recipe will still taste amazing. This shepherd’s pie freezes really well, and makes the perfect weeknight meal when you don’t feel like cooking.  This mouthwatering casserole is also whole 30 friendly, gluten-free and dairy-free!


  • Pie Filling
  • 1 lb grass-fed ground beef
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 small green pepper, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 cup mushrooms, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 ounces tomato paste (about 6 tablespoons.) (such as Muir Glen)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Sweet Potato Topping
  • 2 large sweet potatoes peeled and cubed (3 1/2 -4 cups cubed)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil or butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

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on November 15, 2019 at 7:07 PM Reply

Just made for dinner tonight. Very delicious!

on March 8, 2019 at 3:16 PM Reply

I’m good prepping for after our new baby comes has anyone tried freezing this?

on July 17, 2018 at 9:31 PM Reply

I've bake the sweet potatoes in the oven at 375 for 20 mins and they are still hard. How long should it take?

    on July 20, 2018 at 8:11 AM Reply

    Hi Nakala - typically sweet potatoes take about 45-60 minutes in the oven!

on September 18, 2017 at 9:57 PM Reply

Is it ground or whole flax meal?

    on September 19, 2017 at 9:14 AM Reply

    Hi Abby - we always use ground - however the creators of the recipe have even updated it to remove the flax entirely as they found that the egg white/flax gel is not necessary which means one less ingredient! You can definitely still keep it for the health benefits if you'd like though!

on June 18, 2017 at 11:08 AM Reply

What is the purpose of the flax seed meal? If it has something to do work paleo diet, i apologize. I don't know what paleo is, but I know it has something to do with gluten free.

    on June 19, 2017 at 9:40 AM Reply

    Hi Tiffany - the flax seed meal helps to hold everything together. Flax works as a great substitute for eggs because when mixed with water it creates a gel like substance. Feel free to omit the flax or egg white altogether. The Pie will still turn out delicious!

on January 24, 2017 at 5:56 PM Reply

Chris, I made the Shepherd's pie today and it came out fabulous!!!! I just substituted the ground beef for ground turkey and my kids (who are not too fond of sweet potatoes) had seconds. They simply loved it! Thanks for the recipe. Next time, I shall try it with the ground beef.

    on January 25, 2017 at 2:27 PM Reply

    Happy to hear that, Rosa! So glad you enjoyed :)

      on June 16, 2017 at 7:06 PM Reply

      I'm not able to click the green circle for the instructions how to make. Help Chris?

        on June 19, 2017 at 9:27 AM Reply

        Hi Tina - I just re-loaded the link. Why don't you try again? I believe it should be working now. Sorry about that and let me know if you have any more issues. Enjoy the recipe - it's a good one!

on November 12, 2016 at 6:53 AM Reply

Love this recipe! It's a really good! We are making it again this week for lunches :)

on August 4, 2016 at 5:02 PM Reply

Hi Chris! I am trying to make this tonight but the website is down. Any chance you could send me the recipe? Please!!! Thank you!! :)

on August 3, 2016 at 10:27 AM Reply

I can't get through to the recipe, the green circle link does not work and if I use the Url above it will not allow me to enter the site Help please!!

    on August 3, 2016 at 4:43 PM Reply

    Hi Eden - sorry to hear that! I'm not sure why it's not working for you, as I just clicked on it and it worked for me, but here's the direct link in case you can get it from here: Thanks!

on June 15, 2016 at 10:58 PM Reply

This recipe was delicious! I've made the sweet potato meatloaf previously, but I liked this twist on the standard shepards pie and the sweet potatoes paired very well with the savory sautéed meat and veggie combo.

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