Shepherd’s pie recipe made easy for weeknight dinners! This barbecue shepherd’s pie is shepards pie meets barbecue burgers topped with simple homemade cheesy mashed potatoes.
This family-friendly casserole dinner is a great ground beef recipe!
Casseroles aren’t the prettiest of foods, but they make yummy dinners! This casserole is one that my family really likes, and it’s on our regular dinner rotation whenever ground beef is on sale.
Tips for making Barbecue Shepherd’s Pie
- I use a potato masher to make the mashed potato portion. It helps to keep the potatoes from getting overworked and gummy.
- Use a barbecue sauce that you like. We like hickory or brown sugar barbecue sauces. Sometimes we use homemade barbecue sauce. Just use one that you like because it will provide a lot of the flavor for this casserole.
- There’s no need to thaw the corn before use.
- This casserole reheats well, and we like to have leftovers the next day for lunch.
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Barbecue Shepherd's Pie
Barbecue beef topped with cheesy mashed potatoes
- 1 1/2 pounds Russet potatoes peeled and cut into pieces
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese divided
- 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
- 8-10 ounce package frozen whole kernel yellow corn
- 1/2 cup chopped white or yellow onion
- 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes
- 1 cup barbecue sauce
- 1 teaspoon mesquite or barbecue seasoning blend optional*
- 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- In a large saucepan cook potatoes in enough lightly salted boiling water to cover for 15-20 minutes, or until tender; drain.
- Mash with a potato masher.
- Add sour cream, milk, salt, and pepper, and mash to combine.
- Stir in 1/2 cup cheese.
- Meanwhile, in a large skillet cook ground beef until browned.
- Drain grease, and return meat to skillet.
- Stir in tomatoes with juice, barbecue sauce, spice mixture, and liquid smoke.
- Bring to boil.
- Reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes.
- Spoon beef mixture into a 2.5-quart baking dish.
- Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup cheese over beef mixture.
- Spoon mashed potatoes in 6 mounds over beef mixture.
- Bake about 20 minutes, or until heated through and cheese melts.
*If you have a seasoning mix that you like to use on burgers, you can use that.
**Nutrition values are estimates.