Irish Shepherd’s Pie with Guinness

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Irish Shepherd’s Pie with Guinness

My Irish Shepherd’s Pie with Guinness is perfect for celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day next week, and also great for pie day too!


Hi everyone, I wanted to share a little Irish recipe for the month of March, for Saint Patrick Day and it can even be a great savory pie day recipe too! My Irish Shepherd’s Pie with Guinness, is an easy weeknight dinner that can be made with either beef or if you are going more health conscious you can substitute ground turkey or chicken too. I have tried both and it delicious either way! Irishman Shepherd's Pie with Guinness JENRON DESIGNSTo make my recipe you will want to start with 3 cups of pre-made mashed potatoes. You can make them from scratch, which we prefer, or if you are short of time you can use an instant potato mix too, which is acceptable as well for this type of recipe and would be a time saver. It is also a great way to use up left overs if you made to many potatoes from the night before, which is traditionally how this recipe came about in the good old days.

Blind Baking Pie Crust JENRON DESIGNSAlso be sure to blind bake your pie crust, whether it is store bought or homemade, so you are ready to go, this will cut down on a soggy bottom.If you are no familiar with blind baking a pie crust, this is when you bake it ahead of time, usually with pie baking stones inside to keep the crust from rising. This technique seals the base of your crust to hold in juices from pies and keeps the bottom from getting soggy. A common statemnt made in cooking shows like the British Baking Challenge.

Making the Filling JENRON DESIGNSThe next step is to make the filling; I use a large dutch oven to create the rich savory filling, but this could also be converted to the Instant Pot recipe as well if you are fan. This filling could even be used as a hearty beef stew as a secondary dish, if you double this recipe. It freezes great and can be served up with a nice piece of crusty bread for dipping.Spoon in Filling JENRON DESIGNSOnce you have your pie shell filled add your mashed potatoes to the top. I use a a ice cream scoop for pretty and even distribution, or a piping bag also works well. It is up to you whether you decided to spread the potato topping or not. At this point, you can add a fresh herb topping or a cheese topping. Then you will want to bake the entire pie for 10-15 minutes in a 400 degree oven just to brown the top of the potatoes.

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5 from 10 votes

Irish Shepherd's Pie With Guinness

Course Main Course
Cuisine Irish
Keyword Pie
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6


  • 3 cups mashed potatoes (pre-made)
  • 1 pie crust
  • 1 lb Eye of Round
  • 1 onion medium
  • 10 oz carrots sliced
  • 2 Tbls garlic
  • 8 oz portabello mushrooms sliced
  • 4 oz Guinness Beer
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil (Wild Mushroom & Sage recommended)
  • 1 envelope Lipton onion soup mix
  • 1 envelope McCormick Beef Gravy mix
  • 1 Tbsp Poultry Seasoning


  • Be sure to blind bake your pie crust and pre-make your mashed potatoes so you are ready to go. 
  • Saute onion and garlic in the wild mushroom; cook until softened, about 4 minutes.
  • Cook beef, until no longer pink and you get a nice brown crust, 4 to 5 minutes
  • Add carrots and mushrooms, beer and soup packet, stir until combined, bring to a boil. Cook until vegetables are fork tender approx. 10 minutes
  •  Add gravy mix bring to a boil, then reduce heat mixture should thicken. 
  • Spoon beef mixture into pie shell
  • Add potatoes using an ice cream scoop to get even coverage 
  • Spread evenly over beef; using a spatula, you can decorate potatoes with lines or peaks. 
  • I top my potatoes with a poultry season blend to add a herbed look to the top and extra flavor. 
  •  Bake until potatoes are lightly browned, 10 to 15 minutes at 400 degrees.
  • Serve with a pie server in wedges, or just scoop out casserole style. 

Allow the pie to cool for 10 minutes and serve for you Saint Patrick’s Day feast or and day of the week. Honestly this is such a tasty treat you may just want to add it into your regular dining rotation full time. It is also perfect for meal trains and pre-made weeknight freezer meals. Irishman Shepherd's Pie JENRON DESIGNSSee more Irish recipes at my Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day post filled with great ideas for your holiday celebration!

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  1. 5 stars
    I would say that these are definitely the recipes that I like both to try and make, but above all to taste! Love it!

  2. Karletta

    5 stars
    Yum. This pie is too good to wait for St Paddy’s. Love mashed potatoes, love Irish stew …my mouth is watering now – off to the kitchen!

  3. Digitaldaybook

    Oh my goodness this looks divine! Going to give a try!

  4. This looks delicious, and a great idea to include an Irish recipe to the St.Paddy’s Day celebrations!

  5. taffy

    wow this looks so good. will try it for my family sunday dinner

  6. Wow, it looks so delicious! You give me a great idea of what to do in the coming weekend.

  7. I’m not s huge shepherd’s pie fan, but filling sounds delicious for a stew!

  8. Wow this looks delicious! I definitely need to give it a go before it gets too warm

  9. 5 stars
    Oh wow, it looks so tasty! I definitely need to make it.

  10. Amber Myers

    5 stars
    I would love this so much! It looks delicious. What a fun twist to a shepherds pie.

  11. 5 stars
    It’s been too long since I’ve had shepherds pie. I’d love to try this recipe.

  12. Monica Simpson

    5 stars
    This is a major upgraded Shepherds Pie than what I was raised on. Can’t wait to try this!

  13. Tisha

    5 stars
    Love this version of Sheperds pie so yummy!

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    5 stars
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    What’s up? Love me some Shepherd’s Pie any day of the week! Such a good recipe too!

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