Slow Cooker Shepherds Pie Recipe

Amazing Slow Cooker Shepherds Pie Recipe with Guinness on ASpicyPerspective.com #irish #slowcooker #crockpotRich savory shepherds pie in the crockpot! Today’s Slow Cooker Shepherds Pie Recipe offers all the comfort of a classic shepherd pie recipe, yet can simmer all day while you are working away.

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To me, Saint Patrick’s Day signifies the beginning of spring. Here in the Blue Ridge, we usually see fresh green buds making their first appearance around that time… and I’ve worn short sleeves at least a time or two by March 17th as well.

Even though these are small accomplishments (if they can be called accomplishments at all) I always feel I have extra cause to celebrate on Saint Paddy’s Day.

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Lt. Dan and I have a standing lunch date on Saint Patrick’s Day at a local Irish Pub.

We’ve held our lunch date tradition for close to 20 years. We nibble on corned beef and cabbage and laugh about Saint Paddy’s Day memories from the past. Then we come home and cook a hearty Irish inspired dinner for the whole family.

Classic Slow Cooker Shepherds Pie Recipe with Guinness on ASpicyPerspective.com #irish #slowcooker #crockpot

Shepherds Pie is a classic Irish dish I can never get enough of.

I’ll admit, the traditional cooking method can seem daunting, because there are numerous steps and ingredients. However, our Slow Cooker Shepherds Pie Recipe cuts out quite a few steps, letting you “set and forget” dinner until much later in the day.

How to Make Slow Cooker Shepherds Pie Recipe

When making Slow Cooker Shepherds Pie Recipe, I combine all the “stew” ingredients in a crockpot. Substituting dark robust Guinness Beer for the wine or broth in most recipes, provides rich depth and Irish appeal.

I top the stew with pre-made mashed potatoes. Usually I reserve some mashed potatoes from a meal earlier in the week, so I don’t have to make them before layering the shepherds pie. Yet in a pinch, good quality store-bought mashed potatoes will do the trick.

The most important step in this Slow Cooker Shepherds Pie Recipe is to place a long sheet of paper towel over the slow cooker before covering with the lid. The paper towel absorbs most of the condensation from the lid and keeps the potatoes from getting runny.

The Best Slow Cooker Shepherds Pie Recipe

When we’re ready to eat, I sprinkle sharp cheddar or Dubliner cheese over the top of the potatoes, and let it melt.

Each hearty spoonful of our Slow Cooker Shepherds Pie Recipe is pure Irish bliss!

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Our Slow Cooker Shepherds Pie Recipe with Guinness is perfect to serve on Saint Patrick’s Day this year. I’d bet after trying it once, it will become a new tradition in your family!

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38 Responses to “Slow Cooker Shepherds Pie Recipe”

  1. Jenny Flakeposted February 23, 2015 at 7:42 am

    Loooving this Sommer! Great idea in the slow cooker!!

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  2. Julie @ Running in a Skirtposted February 23, 2015 at 8:10 am

    YUM! How lovely! I love the paper towel tip and they way you can make this dish look SO gorgeous on a plate.

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  3. Aggieposted February 23, 2015 at 8:27 am

    So much to love here! The slow cooker method and adding that paper towel is genius! And I’m really loving the addition of Guinness, yum!

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  4. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted February 23, 2015 at 8:32 am

    Yum! love this take on shepherds pie!

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  5. Meagan @ A Zesty Biteposted February 23, 2015 at 8:40 am

    This is definitely an easy and beautiful way to make Shepherd’s Pie. I love it.

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  6. Julie @ Table for Twoposted February 23, 2015 at 8:43 am

    Wow, I love this way to make shepherd’s pie!!

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  7. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountainposted February 23, 2015 at 9:40 am

    I am all over this slow cooker version!

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  8. Heather Christoposted February 23, 2015 at 9:46 am

    Holy cow Sommer- major comfort food!!

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  9. Naomiposted February 23, 2015 at 11:34 am

    Comfort food made easy – yes, please!

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  10. Sandy @ REposted February 23, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    Love this, Sommer. I’ve made a similar recipe – perfect for the Irish :) Even though Paul says he ate too many potatoes growing up! LOL XO

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  11. Mariaposted February 23, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    Slow Cookers are the best! This looks delish! !

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  12. Katieposted February 23, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    My slow cooker lid screws on (it doubles as a pressure cooker), how would I utilize the paper towel?

    Thanks!

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    • Sommer — February 23rd, 2015 @ 3:59 pm

      Hi Katie! Hmmm…. I’ve never seen one like that! Does it have to screw on, or could you just set the lid loosely on top? You could probably lay the paper towel over the slow cooker, then place a baking sheet over the top if needed.

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      • Katie — February 23rd, 2015 @ 4:10 pm

        Thanks for getting back to me! I’ll try that, I also might try screwing it on with the paper towel in place as instructed. Excited to try this, sounds great!!

    • Julie Horne — March 3rd, 2015 @ 11:19 am

      The size is there. I missed it before. Sorry to bother you, my mistake

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  13. Carol at Wild Goose Teaposted February 23, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    Shepherd pie is one of my all time favorite comfort food. And the slow cooker is my very good friend. This is a wonderful recipe.

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  14. Gabyposted February 23, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    You took a fantastic classic comfort food recipe and made it super easy! I LOVE this!

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    • Julie Horne — March 1st, 2015 @ 6:19 pm

      What size slow cooker are you using for this recipe? I need to make as much as possible without overloading my slow cooker. Thank you!

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  15. Annalise @ Completely Deliciousposted February 23, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    This is SO great! Can’t wait to give it a try.

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  16. Amandaposted February 24, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    This looks so yummy! I am craving this now!

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  17. SteveOposted February 25, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    Thanks for posting this with plenty of reaction time before 3/17.

    I’m betting we’re wearing either flip-flops or Sorels on St Pat’s this year. No in-between. That’s the kind of winter we’re having.

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  18. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted February 26, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    This is my kind of comfort food, especially the ease of cooking it in the slow cooker!

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  19. Julie Horneposted March 1, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    What size s!ow cooker are you using? I need to make as much as possible without overloading my slow cooker. Thank you!

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  20. Heather Marieposted March 5, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    Has anyone tried this with cauliflower mash?

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    • Heather Marie — March 10th, 2015 @ 9:22 am

      I made this over the weekend, and I did use cauli mash — it worked well! The cauliflower mash even browned on the sides. I think I might omit the tomato paste if I make this again because this was really sweet tasting, with a strong ketchup taste. Thanks for sharing!

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  21. Ohsusannahoposted March 5, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    You cook the already cooked mashed potatoes for 4 to 5 hours on high ? Or 8 to
    10 on low? Could’t or shouldn’t you add them later just to heat up? You do say
    reserve the potatoes and cheese for later but then go ahead and add them in right
    away.

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  22. graceposted March 17, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    I just made this crock pot recipe and it came out terrible for some reason, it burned like crazy I did 8-10 hours on low and there was not enough liquid. I did 2lbs of meat I don’t know if that was an issue?

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    • Sommer — March 18th, 2015 @ 9:28 pm

      Hi Grace – Oh no! So sorry about that! Hmmm… I wonder if your slow cooker runs a little on the hot side. (They all vary. I have three slow cookers and try to base recipes on the most moderate.) Have you noticed other dishes cooking faster than suggested?

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  23. lizposted March 17, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    Can i use ground beef instead of stew meat for this recipe and can i put the ground beef in the slow cooker raw and mix with the rest of the ingredients? Would you adjust the cook time for low?

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    • Sommer — March 18th, 2015 @ 9:25 pm

      Hi Liz, I wouldn’t go with ground beef… it would clump while cooking because usually no one is around to stir while slow cooking. Small chunks of beef work much better.

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  24. Joshposted June 10, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    should I mix all the ingredients or layer them in the order specified?

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    • Sommer — June 11th, 2015 @ 9:23 am

      Hi Josh! Just mix up everything in the slow cooker, withholding the potatoes for later. :)

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      • Josh — June 12th, 2015 @ 3:32 pm

        Thank you Sommer. That is what I ended up doing and your recipe was a huge hit with our family.

        I actually ended up adding the mashed potatoes only once the rest of the recipe was finished and it still turned out wonderful, in case anyone else is thinking of doing the same.

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  26. Kariposted January 12, 2016 at 11:25 am

    This looks delicious! I hope you’re still following the thread because I have a question. This may be a silly question, but I’m not a cook and new to crock pots, so please no judgement ;) I do not have beef base but I have beef bouillon cubes. Are they essentially the same thing? Also, if I were to use a cube, can I just toss it in as is, or should I dissolve it in water and pour the whole mix in? Can’t wait to try this!

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  27. Pattyposted January 18, 2016 at 11:49 am

    Just found this recipe… A little confused do you actually just put the small beef chunks in the crackpot without cooking them first?

    All other recipes I seecyoy have to precook the meat. Thanks- Patty

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    • Sommer — January 22nd, 2016 @ 1:06 pm

      Hi Patty! I do it that way… If it looks long enough it will soften regardless. Happy Cooking!

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