It’s November now, so comforting hot meals is what’s on the menu almost daily! This Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie is a recipe I’ve been making for years. I do love a good white potato version every once in a while, but sweet potatoes are DELICIOUS, and are even better in a shepherd’s pie.
I add spices that fit to my liking, and they make the meat portion so much more flavourful! They are mild so should be enjoyed by all, including kids! I do want to quickly mention that I prefer to make this recipe with a white meat, so either ground turkey or ground chicken. I have nothing against red meat and I do eat it (grass fed only), but it’s just my preference for a shepherd’s pie! Please feel free to substitute with ground beef id that’s what you prefer.
Let’s get right into it!!
note: not all ingredients are shown in above photo
Recipe – Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie
All ingredients are organic
1lb ground chicken or turkey
3 large sweet potatoes
1 jar tomato sauce (I use marinara)
1 sweet bell pepper (any colour is fine)
½ yellow onion
2 or 3 garlic cloves
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp thyme
½ tsp cumin
1 tbsp virgin coconut oil
- Preheat oven to 400F.
- Rinse sweet potatoes, dry with paper towel and cover each one individually with tin foil. Make sure it’s tight.
- Bake sweet potatoes for an hour (may be more depending on oven). Sweet potatoes should be completely soft and mushy when done. *Side note: you can boil the sweet potatoes instead and then mash them, however it gets rid of some of the flavor and nutrients, so I prefer to bake them.
- Using a dutch oven or sauté pan, turn on stove to medium-low heat. While it’s warming up, dice the onions, bell pepper and mince the garlic cloves.
- Once pan is warm, add the onions and fry until semi-transparent. (3-5 mins) Then add the minced garlic and fry for another minute.
- Add the bell pepper and fry for another 3 mins.
- Add the ground turkey or chicken, and fry until cooked through.
- Add the full jar of tomato sauce and stir to combine all ingredients
- Once combined, add all the seasonings including chilli powder, garlic powder, oregano, thyme, and cumin. Turn the stove down a notch or two and let simmer for at least 5 minutes. Turn off stove.
- When potatoes are done (do not turn off oven yet), take off tin foil (be careful it will be VERY hot!), cut open each potato and spoon out the mash into a bowl. Mix all 3 potatoes until well mashed and combined.
- Pour meat sauce into an 8” square pan, and then spread the mashed sweet potatoes on top.
- Bake for 10 mins. If you like the top to be nice and crispy, you can also broil for another 3 or so minutes to your liking.
- Remove and let cool. Enjoy!