Lunch Club: Paleo Shepher; Take Two

There is a previous shepherd’s pie recipe on here by Sarah which you can check out, so I’m naming this “take two.”

I love Shepherd’s Pie because it’s filling, hearty, warming, and delicious. I trade the nightshade potato for sweet potatos, the GMO corn for peas, and spice up the meat with Mexican seasonings and salsa. Warning! This makes a LOT of Sheppard’s Pie! It feeds 6-8 people, so if you’re just one or two, have some awesome leftovers or freeze it for a day you can’t cook.


  • One ___ baking tray or pyrex dish
  • Coconut or olive oil
  • 1kg lean or extra lean ground beef
  • 1/2 jar salsa sauce
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 2 small onions finely chopped (I like sweet)
  • 2-4 cloves garlic crushed
  • Bag of frozen peas
  • 4 sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • Can of coconut milk
  • Mexican Spice blend:
  • 1 TBSP chili powder
  • 1/4 TSP garlic powder
  • 1/4 TSP onion powder
  • 1/4 TSP crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 TSP dried oregano
  • 1/2 TSP paprika
  • 1 1/2 TSP ground cumin
  • 1 TSP salt
  • 1 TSP black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 350 celsius
  2. Put sweet potatoes in pot with enough water to cover. Bring to boil, let boil for 15 minutes, remove
  3. Mash sweet potatoes with enough coconut milk to blend smoothly. Set aside.
  4. Saute onions and garlic in oil on medium heat until translucent
  5. Add in beef, cook throughout, drain excess fat
  6. Add tomato paste, salsa, and Mexican spice blend, cook for another few minutes, mixing well
  7. Remove from heat, pack ground beef mixture into pan or pyrex dish.
  8. Add a layer of frozen peas on top, sprinkling until the beef is covered
  9. Finally, take large dollops of the sweet potato mash and dollop onto the pea layer. Do this until the entire mash mix is in the pan, then using a spoon, spread it out smoothly. If you try to smooth it out in the beginning, it will take the pea and beef mixture with it. Don’t go there.
  10. Bake in the oven at 350 for 30 minutes, then 10 minutes on broil if you want to make the top crispy.


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