This Whole30 Shepherd’s Pie is total comfort food! This classic dish just got a healthy makeover. A hearty and savory meat and vegetable mixture is topped with smooth creamy sweet potatoes. Say hello to this new and improved Shepherd’s Pie!

A cast iron skillet filled with Whole30 Shepherd's Pie.

Why This Recipe Works

This Whole30 Shepherd’s Pie is like a hug in a skillet! This is why it is so great for any night of the week:

  • This recipe uses mostly pantry ingredients.
  • It is great for meal prep since it reheats well.
  • The sweet and savory flavors complement each other really well.
  • It is made with wholesome and healthy ingredients.

Recipe Steps

Step 1

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Wrap each sweet potato in aluminum foil and pierce several times with a fork.

Step 2

Next, place wrapped sweet potatoes on a parchment lined baking sheet.  Bake for about an hour, until soft and tender.

Step 3

Meanwhile in a cast iron skillet, add ground beef, onion, green pepper, ghee and carrots.  Cook until beef is browned.

Step 4

Discard excess grease.  Then, add remaining ingredients and bring to a light boil.  Continue stirring. Reduce heat and let simmer for 20 minutes.  Then, set aside.

Step 5

Once sweet potatoes are done, carefully remove from oven.  Remove skins and add flesh to a large mixing bowl.  Stir in ghee and coconut cream and mix until smooth and creamy.  Alternatively, place sweet potatoes, ghee and coconut cream in a blender and blend until smooth.

Step 6

Finally, top meat mixture with sweet potatoes and bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes or until edges are bubbly.

Step 7

Lastly, serve Whole30 Shepherd’s Pie!

Whole30 Shepherd's Pie in a cast iron skillet.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is Shepherd’s Pie?

Shepherd’s Pie is a ground meat pie topped with potatoes. Then, the pie is baked. This Shepherd’s Pie is Whole30 approved.

Can I use white potatoes instead of sweet potatoes?

Yes! White potatoes can be directly substituted for the sweet potatoes.

Can I use ground turkey or ground chicken?

Definitely. I suggest using a ground turkey or ground chicken that isn’t too lean.

How do I store leftovers?

Store leftover Shepherd’s Pie in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.

How do I reheat leftovers?

To reheat, either microwave or heat in oven at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for about 10 minutes.

Shepherd's Pie on a white plate.

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A cast iron skillet filled with Whole30 Shepherd's Pie.

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This Whole30 Shepherd's Pie is comfort food at its best! The meat and veggie mixture is hearty and savory. The sweet potato topping is smooth and creamy!
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Ingredients

Pie Filling

Sweet Potato Topping

Instructions 

  • First, preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Wrap each sweet potato in aluminum foil and pierce several times with a fork. Place each wrapped sweet potato on baking sheet.
  • Bake for an hour, or until potatoes are soft and tender.
  • Meanwhile, add ground beef, onion, green pepper, ghee and carrots to a cast iron skillet. Cook on medium heat until beef is brown and crumbly, breaking up with a spatula.
  • Then, discard excess grease from skillet. Add remaining pie filling ingredients to the skillet.
  • Bring to a light boil and continue stirring. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Then remove from heat and set aside.
  • Once sweet potatoes are done, carefully remove from oven. Remove skins and add potato flesh to a large mixing bowl. Stir in ghee and coconut cream until smooth and creamy.
  • Top meat mixture with sweet potato mixture. Place skillet in oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes or until edges are bubbly.
  • Finally, remove from oven and serve.

Notes

  • Cook ground beef until browned and crumbly.  Use a spatula to break apart beef.
  • Roast sweet potatoes until soft and tender.  Add more baking time if needed!
  • To make sweet potato layer extra smooth and creamy, add sweet potatoes, ghee and coconut cream to a blender.  Top meat mixture with blended sweet potatoes.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
  • To reheat, either microwave or heat in oven at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for about 10 minutes.
Calories: 484kcal, Carbohydrates: 23g, Protein: 22g, Fat: 34g, Saturated Fat: 17g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 95mg, Sodium: 363mg, Potassium: 786mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 14661IU, Vitamin C: 11mg, Calcium: 61mg, Iron: 3mg

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