Shepherd's Pie

As an adult, I have come to realize that mom's Shepherd's Pie is not like all the others. I have tried some of the others. They don't even come close. Of course, I have modified it a bit and added my own fancy touches to it. But I credit my mom with the best meat and tater pie on the planet.

First, you gotta start with the meatloaf. I like it two different ways. Depending on my mood I will go with Mexican or Italian. 

Mexican Meatloaf
1-1/2 pounds ground beef (grassfed is best)
1-1/2 cups whole oats
1 tsp taco seasoning
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 cup salsa
2 eggs (from backyard hens is best)

Italian Meatloaf
1-1/2 pounds ground beef
1 1/2 cups whole wheat bread crumbs
1 T Italian Seasoning
1/2 cup diced onion
2 eggs
1 can tomato sauce

Combine all the ingredients and place in a 9X13 pan. Bake at 350 for 25 min until meat is no longer pink.

When meat is cooked, add 1 pound fresh cooked green beans on top. Here is a great recipe that we love to add. Or you could use unseasoned steamed beans.

While meat is cooking, peel and dice 8 medium potatoes. Boil until tender. Drain and mash the potatoes with a bit of butter and splash of cream. Season with salt and  pepper. Layer the mashed taters on top of the green beans.

Then top with cheddar cheese for the Mexican casserole and a blend of cheddar, mozzarella and parmesean for the Italian.


Return to the oven and bake at 350 for 20 more minutes until the cheese is melted and the whole dish is warm. Then turn on the broiler and toast the cheese for 3-5 min until golden bubbly.

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  1. Hi Janine! Shepherd's Pie is something I have never made. Your technique makes it seem nice and easy. I wouldn't have thought to make a Mexican version. You are so clever!

    1. That is the nicest thing anyone has called me today Christina. Thanks, I hope this makes it easy for you.

  2. I never heard of Shepherd's Pie! Looks like an easy way to get a hearty and healthy meal in! :)

    1. It has been a favorite of mine since I was a kid!

  3. Oooh!!! I've never thought to have it with Mexican seasonings! That sounds delicious! Thanks for linking up at Nomday Monday!

    1. It is delicious both ways! Hope you enjoy.

  4. I so agree there is nothing like Mom's Shepard's Pie! I LOVE yours though!! Great Seasoning ideas!!! Thanks so much for participating in the "Get Real Friday" Link Party! And Please feel free to submit this recipe to http://foodisloverecipes.com/submit-your-recipe.html We'd love to feature it!

    1. I submitted it. Thanks for the invite.

  5. I <3 Shepherd's Pie. It's a staple in my Irish/Scottish household. We've tinkered with quite a few recipes and I think I finally perfected it. That recipe will be posted on my non Blogger site - yumeating.com where I am doing all Irish recipe for the month of March. It's been a fun month so far. Your recipe is the first time I have seen a pie made in this manner. Very neat! My mom made her own pie growing up, although it ended up being more of a leftover pie because it seems like it was never made the same way twice.

    1. When I lived in England, that is how they did it too. We found every leftover from the week in that pie and none of use were to anxious to eat it.

  6. This sounds wonderful and I like your meatloaf versions to go with it! Thanks so much for sharing on the Four Seasons Blog Hop and we always look forward to your posts!