Spicy Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

Serves 6

Take traditional shepherd’s pie to a whole new level! This homey and hearty Spicy Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie comes together with little fuss and is sure to tantalize everyone’s taste buds.


  • BASE
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 yellow pepper, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained, optional
  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt, divided
  • 3 tablespoons salted butter
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper


Preheat oven to 375° F.

For the topping, in a large pot, bring 6 cups water, potatoes and ½ teaspoon sea salt to a rolling boil.

Boil for 10 minutes or until potatoes are fork-tender.

Drain potatoes and use an electric mixer to combine potatoes, butter, milk, remaining ½ teaspoon sea salt and pepper.

Meanwhile, in an oven-safe pot, cook and chop ground beef until browned.* Drain excess fat from pan, if needed.

Add onion, peppers, garlic and spices. Continue cooking until vegetables begin to soften, about 3 minutes.

Stir in tomato paste, canned tomatoes and beans, if using, and simmer, 3 minutes.

Spoon or pipe topping onto base and bake for 15 minutes, or until topping begins to brown.

*If you’re not concerned about keeping the dishes to a minimum, you can make the base in a stockpot and transfer to an oven-safe serving dish before topping with sweet potato mixture and baking.

Nutrition Analysis: 260 cal, 8 g fat, 50 mg chol, 710 mg sodium, 22 g carbs, 8 g fiber, 4 g sugar, 21 g protein

Recipe and photo courtesy of Angela Sackett.

Angela Sackett is a photographer at Legacy Seven Studios and writer at saletlux.com and dancingwithmyfather.net, where she shares recipes and hospitality tips.