Cheesy Sloppy Joe Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

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How to make a deliciously cheesy sloppy joe shepherd’s pie recipe with ground beef, corn, mashed potatoes, and shredded cheese. Easy kid favorite recipe!

sloppy joe shepherd's pie recipe made in a cast iron skillet, sprinkled with parsley

This sloppy joe shepherd’s pie recipe is one meal that can be enjoyed any time of year, but I especially love to make it around St. Patrick’s Day.

The homemade sloppy joes meat mixture gives this casserole a slightly different twist than classic shepherd’s pie. That and the fact that it’s made with ground beef and not lamb.

My kids love it when I make this, so it’s a win win, family loved, dinnertime comfort food. And it’s a fairly easy recipe, especially if you plan ahead and use leftover mashed potatoes.

Quick Tip: Don’t knock an easy shepherd’s pie with instant mashed potatoes. If you just don’t have the time to actually make mashed potatoes, go with instant!

Another easy dinnertime favorite you may enjoy includes this classic tater tot casserole.

shepherd's pie with ground beef, covered with melted cheese, in a cast iron skillet with a large spoon

WHERE CAN I FIND THE SLOPPY JOE SHEPHERD’S PIE RECIPE?

If you’d rather skip all of my cooking tips, important cooking info for this recipe, and similar recipe ideas – and get straight to the delicious shepherd’s pie recipe – just scroll down to the bottom, where you’ll find a printable recipe card.

What Is Shepherd’s Pie?

First things first, in case you’ve never had shepherd’s pie…

Traditional shepherd’s pie, or cottage pie as some call it, is a casserole made with lamb, vegetables, and mashed potatoes. Sometimes it’s made with a crust instead of mashed potatoes.

Some say that shepherd’s pie is made with lamb, while cottage pie is made with beef. My family has always called it shepherd’s pie, even when it’s made with beef, so it’s just something I’ve carried on with my own family.

sloppy joe meat mixture in cast iron skillet for shepherd's pie recipe

Where Is Shepherd’s Pie from? Is Shepherd’s Pie Irish?

According to The Irish Nobleman, shepherd’s pie is a beloved Irish dish. And no two shepherd pies are alike.

Some say it originated in the United Kingdom. Others say Ireland. But there seem to be variations of shepherd’s pie all over the world.

Jamie Oliver shares 10 really interesting things you didn’t know about shepherd’s pie. I know I learned a thing or two.

Shepherd’s Pie Ingredients

To make shepherd’s pie with ground beef and that tangy sloppy joe flavor, I use the following ingredients, all really simple ingredients:

Tips for How to Make Shepherd’s Pie

Start by cooking the ground beef and transforming it into sloppy joe meat.

I do recommend using bacon grease for added flavor to the meat mixture. But if you don’t have bacon grease, no worries; you can also use butter or olive oil.

  1. Sauté the garlic and onion, and cook until tender, in a large skillet.
  2. Then add the meat and mix together with the garlic and onion.
  3. Cook the mixture well, draining off any excess oil.
  4. Once you add the sauce ingredients, just let the whole mixture simmer for a good 5 minutes.
making sloppy joe meat mixture for shepherd's pie in cast iron skillet on stove

How to Layer Shepherd’s Pie

You can use a 9×13-inch casserole dish or baking dish; or you can even use a large cast iron skillet.

If you use a cast iron skillet, you can pretty much go through the entire cooking process with that one skillet, making it a one skillet meal.

  • Start with a layer of the cooked meat (your sloppy joe meat mixture) in the bottom of the pan.
layer of ground beef sloppy joe meat mixture in bottom of large cast iron skillet for shepherd's pie recipe
  • Next add a layer of either whole corn or creamed corn. Either one is delicious.
layer of frozen corn on top of sloppy joe meat mixture in cast iron skillet
  • Now add a good thick layer of mashed potatoes.
layer of mashed potatoes over corn in cast iron skillet for shepherd's pie recipe
  • Finally, add the shredded cheese as your top layer.
layer of shredded cheddar cheese and Monterey Jack cheese on top of shepherd's pie in cast iron skillet

Then just stick it in the oven for a bit (follow instructions on the recipe card below), and soon you’ll have the most delicious casserole ever.

What Goes with Shepherd’s Pie?

We’ll usually have another vegetable or a salad with it. A few ideas come to mind…

Can Shepherd’s Pie Be Frozen?

Yes, it can. You can make it ahead of time, allow it to cool, cover it well, and freeze it for a later time, probably no more than a month or two.

FoodSafety.gov gives recommended freezer storage times.

When you’re ready to eat it, just remove it from the freezer ahead of time, place it in the fridge to thaw, and then re-heat with a foil cover so the cheese doesn’t brown.

sloppy joe shepherd's pie in a cast iron skillet with a large spoon

Kitchen Tools You’ll Need to Make Shepherd’s Pie:

Large Skillet and/or Casserole Dish

Hamburger Chopper – This handy dandy tool makes it easier to chop up the meat into a much looser mixture.

Wooden Spatula

Cheese Grater

Ninja Food Chopper Express or Cutting Board and Chef’s Knife

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Yield: 10 servings

Cheesy Sloppy Joe Shepherd's Pie

Cheesy Sloppy Joe Shepherd's Pie

How to make a deliciously cheesy sloppy joe shepherd's pie recipe with ground beef, corn, mashed potatoes, and shredded cheese. Easy kid favorite recipe!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon bacon grease, *
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, minced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 2 cups frozen corn
  • 4 cups mashed potatoes
  • 3/4 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 3/4 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Heat the bacon grease in a large skillet until hot.
  3. Then add in the garlic and sauté for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add the onion in with the garlic and sauté for another 2-3 minutes.
  5. Add the ground beef into the skillet, stirring the onions and garlic into the meat. Cook on medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the meat is well cooked.
  6. Drain off any excess oil when the meat has finished cooking.
  7. Mix the ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and brown sugar into the meat, stirring until combined.
  8. Let the sloppy joe mixture simmer for at least 5 minutes.
  9. Start with a layer of the cooked meat (sloppy joe meat mixture) in the bottom of the skillet or a 9x13-inch baking dish.
  10. Next add a layer of corn.**
  11. Now add a good thick layer of mashed potatoes.
  12. Finally, add the shredded cheese as your top layer.
  13. Bake your casserole at 350°F for 20 to 30 minutes, or until the mixture is heated through and bubbly, and the cheese is melted.

Notes

*I recommend using bacon grease for the added flavor it will give to the meat mixture. But if you don't have bacon grease, no worries; you can also use butter or olive oil.

**You can use frozen corn, canned corn, or creamed corn. Either one is delicious, but depending which one you use, it may change the nutritional counts for this recipe.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

10 servings

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 352 Saturated Fat: 10g Cholesterol: 64mg Sodium: 410mg Carbohydrates: 25g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 2g Protein: 16g

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