Let’s get down to basics, in the tastiest way possible! Simple Shepherd’s Pie makes the English treat a breeze, with a layer of juicy ground beef or lamb in a tangy, savory sauce with constellations of green peas and verdant spinach mixed in. A smooth mash of sweet potato provides the delightful topping to this streamlined dinner delight, adding wonderful contrast to the depth of the savory flavor in the filling. Simple Shepherd’s Pie is a hot bubbling meal that is sure to fill your stomach and your soul with warm cheer!

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  • 3 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 2 pounds ground beef or ground lamb
  • 5 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 large carrots, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons liquid aminos
  • 1/3 cup water or beef broth
  • 1 cup green peas
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
  • 2 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes, boiled, skinned, and mashed


Step 1 –Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Step 2 –Add the avocado oil to a large non-stick skillet and place the skillet over medium heat.

Step 3 –Add the chopped onion and sauté, stirring occasionally, until the onion begins to brown, about 5-8 minutes.

Step 4 –Move the onions to one side of the skillet and add the ground meat to the other side. Do not break it up yet.

Step 5 –Allow the beef to brown on one side, for about 2-3 minutes.

Step 6 –Flip the beef and brown on the other side, about 2-3 minutes.

Step 7 –Use a spatula to break up the beef and stir it into the onions.

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Step 8 –Add the garlic, the carrots, the vinegar, the liquid aminos, and the water.

Step 9 –Cover the skillet with a lid and allow the flavors to meld, about 2-3 minutes.

Step 10 –Remove the lid and stir in the peas, the spinach, and the salt.

Step 11 –Cook uncovered until the sauce starts to thicken slightly, about 2-3 minutes.

Step 12 –Transfer the meat and the vegetable mixture to a large casserole dish.

Step 13 –Spread the sweet potatoes over the meat mixture.

Step 14 –Bake until everything is hot and bubbly, about 30 minutes.

Step 15 –Serve.