Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie Recipe (Family Favorite)

Sweet Potato Shepherds Pie Recipe

This is a similar recipe to my Meatloaf Cupcakes, but with more vegetables…

My kids absolutely love sweet potatoes and will eat them any way I fix them, so this is a good way to add in the extra veggies. This recipe also freezes and re-heats well so it can be prepared ahead for busy nights.

Sweet Potato Shepards Pie
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Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie Recipe

I love this healthier take on shepherd's pie with a creamy sweet potato topping. This is a family favorite at our house and my kids love helping make the layers.
Course Main
Cuisine Irish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8 people
Calories 245kcal
Author Katie Wells



  • In a large skillet, brown the meat.
  • Mix in 1 teaspoon of the salt and all remaining seasonings and transfer to a large bowl.
  • Dice the onions and tear the kale into small pieces.
  • Saute the onion and kale in the skillet until slightly soft and add to the meat.
  • Pour the mixed vegetables into the skillet and heat on low heat. 
  • While the vegetables are heating, mash the cooked sweet potatoes with butter and the remaining salt until smooth. 
  • Add the mixed vegetables and the egg to the meat and stir to combine. 
  • Pour the meat/vegetable mixture into a 9x13 baking dish and spread the mashed sweet potatoes over the top.
  • Bake at 350°F for approximately 30 minutes.
  • When done, top with a small dollop of cream cheese if desired and enjoy.


  • For sweet potatoes: either bake ahead for about an hour or until soft, or boil about 10 minutes in large pot of water until soft. Drain before using if boiled. I usually make extra when making a previous meal then just re-heat the night I make this.
  • This recipe makes a 9x13 pan -- you can divide it and freeze part for another meal or double it to make a large one for the freezer!


Serving: 1(4x3inch) square | Calories: 245kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 106mg | Sodium: 647mg | Potassium: 499mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 42.2% | Vitamin C: 5.9% | Calcium: 2.7% | Iron: 17.9%

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Possible variation: Bake in pint-sized mason jars for easy packable lunches!

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