Best Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie (Paleo, Whole30)

by Katelyn | With Sweet Honey
sweet potato shepherd's pie in a casserole dish with a slice taken out

This Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie is what healthy comfort food is all about! It’s packed with delicious veggies, ground beef, herbs and topped with savory sweet potato mash. This hearty and flavorful dish will leave you wanting seconds and it’s even gluten free, paleo, and Whole30!

slice of sweet potato shepherd's pie on a plate with a fork

Comfort Food Classic

Shepherd’s Pie is such a classic that I knew I had to add it to the blog. Chances are if you think of comfort food, this dish is going to pop up in your mind more often than not (I also think of Roasted Tomato Basil Soup, but that’s beside the point ). There’s just something about warm potatoes, veggies, and meat that can’t be beat when it comes to dinner on cold winter nights.

mashed sweet potato topping with fresh thyme on top

Ingredients Needed:

Sweet Potato Topping:

  • Sweet potato
  • Ghee (or butter)
  • Milk (dairy free or regular)
  • Salt & Pepper

Meat Filling:

  • Ground beef 
  • Onion
  • Garlic Cloves
  • Peas
  • Carrot
  • Beef broth
  • Coconut aminos
  • Seasoning: thyme, parsley, ginger, salt & pepper
sweet potato shepherd's pie in a casserole dish with a slice taken out with a spoon

Step-by-Step Instructions:

1. Make the Sweet Potato Topping: Start by placing the cubed sweet potato in a large pot.  Fill with water until water is covering the potatoes. Bring to boil and cook until the potatoes are soft, about 12 minutes. Drain the water and add the ghee, milk, salt and pepper to the potatoes. Mash until potatoes are smooth, set aside.

sweet potato chunks in a stockpot with water
mashed sweet potato in a large pot with electric hand mixer

2. Make the Meat Filling: Cook the ground beef until browned. Transfer the cooked meat onto a separate plate, set aside. Drain any excess liquid from the same pan you cooked the meat in. Then heat 1 tbsp of olive oil and add the onion, garlic, peas and carrots. Sauté until softened (about 6-7 minutes). Add the cooked beef, beef broth, coconut aminos, thyme, parsley, ginger, salt and pepper. Let simmer for about 5 minutes then set aside.

uncooked ground beef in a skillet
cooked ground beef in a skillet
carrots, onions, peas and garlic in a skillet
shepherd's pie meat filling in a skillet

3. Preheat the oven: Preheat the oven to 400°F.

4. Assemble: Spread the meat filling on the bottom of a 9×9 casserole dish or large dutch oven. Then spoon the sweet potato mash on top of the meat filling. Spread evenly using a spatula or spoon.

shepherds pie filling in a white casserole dish with scoops of sweet potato on top
sweet potato shepherd's pie in a white casserole dish

5. Bake: Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Let cool for at least 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

mashed sweet potato topping with fresh thyme on top

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can I use another type of potato?

While I prefer this Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie recipe to be made with sweet potato, you can substitute them with russet potatoes instead if you wish. It will still taste delicious!

Can I customize it with other veggies?

In this shepherd’s pie recipe, we use peas and carrots in the meat filling but you could experiment with adding additional vegetables if you’d like. Some suggestions might be green beans, celery, corn or mushrooms. If you try any substitutions or additions, let me know in the comments below!

How to store Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

Store any leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3-5 days in the refrigerator.

slice of sweet potato shepherd's pie on a plate with a fork

How to serve Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

Here are a few serving suggestions:

More hearty meal ideas:

Let me know if you’ve tried this Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie and please consider leaving a rating below. Be sure to also tag @withsweethoney on Instagram!

sweet potato shepherd's pie in a casserole dish with a slice taken out

Best Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie (Whole30, Paleo)

This Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie is the perfect comfort food for your family meal or next holiday gathering. It’s packed with delicious veggies, ground beef, herbs and topped with savory sweet potato mash. It's also gluten free, paleo and Whole30!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: comfort food, paleo, whole30
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 6 people
375 Katelyn | With Sweet Honey

Equipment

  • Hand Mixer
  • Skillet
  • Stockpot

Ingredients

Sweet Potato Mash Topping:

  • 1-1/2 - 2 lbs sweet potato (about 2 large potatoes) peeled and cut into cubes
  • 2 tbsp ghee (or butter, if not paleo or whole30)
  • 3 tbsp dairy free milk (or regular milk, if not paleo or whole30)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper

Meat Filling

  • 1 lbs ground beef or ground turkey
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 cup peas (frozen or fresh)
  • 2 large carrots peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 3 tbsp coconut aminos
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Make the Sweet Potato Topping: Start by placing the cubed sweet potato in a large pot.  Fill with water until water is covering the potatoes. Bring to boil and cook until the potatoes are soft, about 12 minutes. Drain the water and add the ghee, milk, salt and pepper to the potatoes. Mash until potatoes are smooth, set aside.
  • Make the Meat Filling: Cook the ground beef until browned. Transfer the cooked meat onto a separate plate, set aside. Drain any excess liquid from the same pan you cooked the meat in. Then heat 1 tbsp of olive oil and add the onion, garlic, peas and carrots. Sauté until softened (about 6-7 minutes). Add the cooked beef, beef broth, coconut aminos, thyme, parsley, ginger, salt and pepper. Let simmer for about 5 minutes then set aside.
  • Preheat the oven: Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • Assemble: Spread the meat filling on the bottom of a 9x9 casserole dish or large dutch oven. Then spoon the sweet potato mash on top of the meat filling. Spread evenly using a spatula or spoon.
  • Bake: Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Let cool for at least 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy!
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Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 375kcal | Carbohydrates: 41.3g | Protein: 27.8g | Fat: 10.7g | Saturated Fat: 5.3g | Cholesterol: 78mg | Sodium: 667mg | Potassium: 1280mg | Fiber: 7.5g | Sugar: 13.3g | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 9mg

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