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Paleo Shepherd’s Pie


I love cooking & baking and it forces me to attempt so many dishes.  One of those dishes was something that I always turned my nose up at when I was a kid, Shepherd’s Pie.  I was a picky eater and I still am.  I’m one of those people who forbid my food touching other food on a plate.  For example, at Thanksgiving my cranberry sauce cannot touch the turkey, instead the turkey must be dipped into the cranberry sauce.  I would love a set of dishes with those t.v. dinner grooves in them that prevent each food group from touching.  Eating paleo shepherd’s pie is a huge leap for me.  So many textures intermingle it’s overwhelming.  You have the potato top touching the meat and the vegetables mixed in with the meat.  It’s gross. I decided to be brave and make a paleofied, seventh shade of paleo shepherd’s pie with a secret ingredient.  Regularly shepherd’s pie would contain Worcestershire sauce.  Worcestershire sauce isn’t gluten free.  Worcestershire sauce provides that depth of flavour that is needed so I replaced it with barbecue sauce.  *Note – most barbecue sauces contain Worcestershire sauce so you need to pick one with as many “clean” ingredients as you can find and devoid of the gluten filled sauce.


Yield: 2-4 servings



  • 1 lb. ground beef, raw
  • 1 cup carrot, finely chopped (about 1 carrot)
  • 1 cup onion, finely diced
  • ½ cup celery, finely diced
  • 1 clove of garlic, finely diced
  • ½ cup of beef broth
  • 1 tsp barbecue sauce, (replaces Worcestershire sauce)
  • Generous amounts of Salt & pepper


  • 1 sweet potato, peeled & diced


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Filling:
  3. On medium heat, in a frying pan, sauté carrots, onions and celery. Cook until the onions are translucent.
  4. Add the ground beef, garlic and sprinkle generous amounts of salt and pepper.
  5. Cook until the beef is cooked.
  6. Add the broth and barbecue sauce. Cook on low for 10 minutes.
  7. Place everything in a 6 x8 oven proof dish.
  8. Topping:
  9. Place the sweet potato in a pot of salted water. Turn to a boil and cook until tender. *You can easily put a fork through the sweet potato.
  10. Drain and mash the sweet potato.
  11. Drop spoonfuls of the sweet potato over the beef mixture. Then spread it all over. *I used a fork to create an artistic swirl in the topping.
  12. Bake for 30 minutes. Broil on high for 5 minutes.
  13. Serve warm.






22 Responses to Paleo Shepherd’s Pie

  1. Suz February 3 at 8:26 pm #

    That looks great – such a good comfort food too!
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    • CAROLditchthewheat February 4 at 12:03 pm #

      Yummmm comfort food 🙂

    • Stella Veach July 29 at 9:05 pm #

      Hi Carol,
      Thanks for the Shepherds Pie recipe! But mostly thanks for sharing that you are still a picky eater, like me, and that you hate for your foods to touch, like me…I feel so free now! Looking forward to more of your creations! ~Stella

  2. Alex March 14 at 10:42 am #

    Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce is gluten free thankfully.

  3. Crystal April 25 at 7:21 am #

    I tried this recipe last night! What a hit! My boyfriend said it was the best Shepherd’s pie he every had. Thank you!!!!!

    • CAROLditchthewheat April 29 at 4:00 pm #


  4. Ericka May 24 at 5:40 pm #

    Bake at what temp?

    • CAROLditchthewheat May 27 at 5:03 pm #

      400 degrees F.

  5. G July 26 at 2:46 pm #

    Thanks for your website and all you do. For anyone willing to make their own Worcestershire sauce, here is a link to a site I ran across. This homemade Worcestershire sauce recipe takes very little labor to make, but it does take a few hours of simmering. The comments on that post are helpful also.

  6. Stephanie October 1 at 9:30 am #

    My Worcestershire is GF, but since I’m on the AIP I can’t have nightshades and would therefore need to make my own BBQ sauce, so…I’ll just use Worcestershire. I’ll be making this later this week. I’ll let you know how it goes 🙂

  7. Liz October 12 at 7:24 pm #

    Lea & Perrin’s Worcestershire sauce is gluten free and is labeled as such on the bottle. 🙂

  8. Janet Fazio November 6 at 9:05 pm #

    It never would have occurred to me in a million years to make Shepherd’s Pie with mashed sweet potatoes. I can’t wait to try it!
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  9. Lynne December 3 at 12:06 am #

    Made this tonight. Absolutely delicious. Even had seconds!

  10. Allysa December 10 at 5:17 pm #

    Recently made this recipe and we loved it! If you were to make this individual ramekins would you bake at the same time and temp?

    • Carol Lovett April 12 at 2:11 am #

      hmmmm maybe less time?

  11. Gina January 20 at 8:36 am #

    So yummy! Any idea what the nutrition info is??

  12. Penny February 15 at 10:33 am #


  13. Kathryn March 21 at 8:47 pm #

    Verdict: NEW FAVORITE!! I doubled it, and added 1 tsp. each dried thyme and rosemary, with a dash of mace. I didn’t have any AIP-safe BBQ sauce, so I quickly whipped up this recipe with an applesauce base ( which I have to recommend, because it is outstanding! Thanks so much for posting this recipe, Carol!

    • Carol Lovett April 12 at 1:22 am #

      Interesting additions!

      • Kathryn December 2 at 4:23 pm #

        I’ve probably made this a dozen times now, and those herbs really seem to complete it — even without BBQ sauce or a sub! I’m off to make it again right now!

  14. Cassidy @ Cassidy's Craveable Creations September 22 at 9:26 am #

    This was fantastic! I doubled the recipe and added some non-dairy milk, butter, salt, and pepper to the sweet potato topping. My hubby said it was the best shepherd’s pie he’s ever had!!!! I shared on facebook 🙂 Thanks so much for the recipe!
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  15. Kelley October 15 at 5:49 am #

    Instead of sweet potato for the topping I usually use butternut squash. Sometimes the aweet potato is too sweet for the dish and when I have company, the butternut squash is a hit!!