Slow Cooker Shepherds Pie Recipe

Amazing Slow Cooker Shepherds Pie Recipe with Guinness on #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.

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

Easy Slow Cooker Shepherds Pie Recipe with Guinness on #irish #slowcooker #crockpot

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 #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!

Authentic Slow Cooker Shepherds Pie Recipe with Guinness on #irish #slowcooker #crockpot

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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Slow Cooker Shepherds Pie Recipe

Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time:20 minutes

Cook Time:4+ hours

4.5 / 5 (8 Reviews)
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Easy Slow Cooker Shepherds Pie Recipe! This savory Shepherd’s Pie Recipe allows you to “set and forget” dinner while you are at work.


  • 1 1/2 – 2 pounds beef chuck roast or “stew meat”
  • 1 large onion, peeled and chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 3 large carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1/3 cup Guinness Beer
  • 3 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 2 teaspoons whole grain mustard
  • 1 teaspoon beef base
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 5 cups mashed potatoes (homemade or store-bought)
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar or Dubliner cheese


  1. Place the chopped onions in a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Soften for 5-6 minutes. Meanwhile cut the beef into small bite-size pieces.
  2. Pour the hot onions, beef, and all remaining ingredients, excluding the mashed potatoes and cheese, into a 6 quart slow cooker. Season with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and stir well. Wipe down the sides of the slow cooker with a dry paper towel. Then spread the mashed potatoes over the top of the beef mixture all the way to the edges of the crock to seal in the ingredients below.
  3. Place a long piece of paper towel over the slow cooker to absorb the steam, and cover with the lid. Turn on high for 4-5 hours, or low for 8-10 hours.
  4. When ready to serve, sprinkle the cheese over the top of the potatoes and place the lid back on for 5 minutes to melt the cheese. Serve hot and garnish with extra herbs if you have them.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 8 servings, Serving Size: 1/8th recipe

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 424 Calories
  • Total Fat: 14.5g
  • Saturated Fat: 5.9g
  • Cholesterol: 97mg
  • Sodium: 696mg
  • Carbohydrates: 39.3g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Sugar: 5.2g
  • Protein: 33.1g
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49 comments on “Slow Cooker Shepherds Pie Recipe

  1. Mary Parkerposted March 8, 2019 at 2:46 pm Reply

    This isn’t shepherds pie – Shepherd = Sheep, shepherds pie should be made with lamb, not beef. Never seen corn or peas in shepherds pie either!

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  4. Padraigposted November 17, 2018 at 4:09 pm Reply

    What on Earth is corn doing in a shepherd’s pie?!

  5. RHposted October 15, 2018 at 12:47 pm Reply

    This was so yummy! Forgot to buy peas and didn’t put corn in it. Instead, I used almost a full package of white mushrooms, sliced. These didn’t make the recipe too watery, as I feared. Husband raved about the dish. It was awesome! Thanks!!

    Rating: 5
  6. Mishaposted April 5, 2018 at 2:50 pm Reply

    Delicious recipe shared by you dear, it’s a must try one.

  7. NonSenseStuffposted March 29, 2018 at 2:35 am Reply

    it looks yummy, I will try to make exactly let see, what i will make

  8. NonSenseStuffposted March 29, 2018 at 2:34 am Reply

    it looks yummy, I will try to make exactly let see

    Rating: 5
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  10. Radhikaposted October 20, 2017 at 5:16 am Reply

    very nice article thanku for sharing with us

    Rating: 4.5
  11. Rajiv Dixitposted October 18, 2017 at 1:32 am Reply

    very nice tastey recipe thanku for sharing with us

    Rating: 5
  12. Philipposted March 19, 2017 at 8:06 pm Reply

    I followed this recipe to the letter. Although the taste was fantastic, and everyone loved it, the mashed potatoes kind of got absorbed somewhat in the stew below. I would try Josh’s suggestion of adding the potatoes later, or even finishing the stew in the slow cooker, then putting it in an oven dish with the mash on top to brown on broil and add the Dubliner (great touch, everyone loved that!) at the end. Thanks for a great recipe, Sommer!

    Rating: 4
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  16. Pattyposted January 18, 2016 at 11:49 am Reply

    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

    • Sommerposted January 22, 2016 at 1:06 pm Reply

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

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  18. Joshposted June 10, 2015 at 2:46 pm Reply

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

    • Sommerposted June 11, 2015 at 9:23 am Reply

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

      • Joshposted June 12, 2015 at 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.

  19. lizposted March 17, 2015 at 9:30 pm Reply

    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?

    • Sommerposted March 18, 2015 at 9:25 pm Reply

      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.

  20. graceposted March 17, 2015 at 7:50 pm Reply

    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?

    Rating: 2
    • Sommerposted March 18, 2015 at 9:28 pm Reply

      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?

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

    Has anyone tried this with cauliflower mash?

    • Heather Marieposted March 10, 2015 at 9:22 am Reply

      I made this over the weekend, and I did use cauli mash — it worked well! The cauliflower mash even browned on the sides. Thanks for sharing!

      Rating: 5
  22. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted February 26, 2015 at 10:28 pm Reply

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

  23. SteveOposted February 25, 2015 at 6:59 pm Reply

    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.

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

    This looks so yummy! I am craving this now!

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

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

  26. Gabyposted February 23, 2015 at 7:13 pm Reply

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

    • Julie Horneposted March 1, 2015 at 6:19 pm Reply

      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!

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

    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.

  28. Katieposted February 23, 2015 at 3:36 pm Reply

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


    • Sommerposted February 23, 2015 at 3:59 pm Reply

      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.

      • Katieposted February 23, 2015 at 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 Horneposted March 3, 2015 at 11:19 am Reply

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

  29. Mariaposted February 23, 2015 at 2:02 pm Reply

    Slow Cookers are the best! This looks delish! !

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

    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

  31. Naomiposted February 23, 2015 at 11:34 am Reply

    Comfort food made easy – yes, please!

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

    Holy cow Sommer- major comfort food!!

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

    I am all over this slow cooker version!

    Rating: 5
  34. Julie @ Table for Twoposted February 23, 2015 at 8:43 am Reply

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

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

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

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

    Yum! love this take on shepherds pie!

  37. Aggieposted February 23, 2015 at 8:27 am Reply

    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!

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

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

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

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