Shepherd’s Pie with Cheesy Tater Tot Topping


Working the remnants of my refrigerator and freezer to get as many meals out of them as possible. We are getting down to the bottom of the meat freezer and have a bunch of single items in the regular freezer. I saw this idea on a blog post a week or so ago and thought it was just brilliant. Of course I didn’t save it and now cannot find the post. I want to give the person credit for the idea so if this was your post about using tater tots on top of the Shepherd’s Pie about a week ago please let me know!

This meal helped me finish some ground beef, 1/4 bag of frozen peas, 2/3 bag of frozen potato crowns, and 1/2 a bag of frozen corn. Add in a few staples from my fridge and refrigerator and we had a tasty dinner!

Verdict:

This was delicious and easy to make. My kids helped make dinner which was fun! One cooked the meat while the other baked the potato crowns to keep them crunchy, and then shredded the cheese for the topping.

It was fun for us all to cook together. Both kids loved this and we had two lunch servings leftover for the next day.

I served this with a salad to complete the meal.

Shepherd's Pie with Cheesy Tater Tot Crust

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs. ground beef
  • 2 packets brown gravy mix
  • 8 oz corn, thawed if frozen
  • 6 oz peas, thawed if frozen
  • 6 oz carrots, thawed if frozen
  • 24 oz. potato crowns, baked according to package instructions
  • 1/2 cup+ cheddar cheese, shredded (or more as desired)

Instructions:

  1. Cook the potato crowns according to package directions. Remove pan from oven and turn heat to 350 degrees.
  2. Cook ground beef in a skillet over medium heat. Break into small pieces as it cooks. Once the meat has cooked through remove the meat from the pan to a large bowl.
  3. Make the gravy according to package directions. Once gravy has thickened add to bowl with meat, vegetables, and gravy. Stir well.
  4. Pour into a 13″ x 9″ casserole dish. Place the potato crowns in rows on top of the beef mix. Sprinkle the top with cheese and bake for 25-30 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbly.
  5. Remove pan from oven and allow to rest 5 minutes before serving.

18 Comments Add yours

  1. Lacey says:

    What a fun twist

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you! It was!

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  2. I would have to run a 5K afterward. πŸ™‚

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Lol! Take a tiny bite. πŸ˜€

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  3. suesuzzz says:

    I am going to have to try this version of this…
    we make ours a lil different …but imma have to try this one out for sure gurl…
    ours is brown some hamburger drain the grease put a layer of that down on the oven safe dish …then can or frozen corn cooked make a layer of that on top of the hamburger as thick as you want it to be…then a layer on homemade mash potats on top of the corn …and shredded cheese on top of the homemade potats and put in oven until cheese is melted and heated all the way thru…
    Just thought I would tell ya how we do ours gurl…lol… but looking forward to trying your kind…
    Huggggs
    Suzette
    Oh you know what else would go good with either…can or frozen bag of mix veggies that way you get all veggies inside the dish…ohhhhhh…lolol

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      That sounds great! I love mashed potatoes but my texture aversion son not so much. He will eat them but they have never been a favorite. I would eat them every day.

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      1. suesuzzz says:

        we usually have mashed potats pretty often lol… they just go a long ways and an easy add on to many foods lol
        well at least he tries …most kids today wouldn’t try …

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  4. trkingmomoe says:

    Great idea. I need to dig around in my freezer too.

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      I try to so it at least once a quarter and then a full No Buy month twice a year, usually June and January. Whatever is left on the bottom 9f the freezer on those months goes out to start again. πŸ˜‰

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  5. mistimaan says:

    Such a lovely recipe by you πŸ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you for your kindness.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Erika Kind says:

    Looks great! I am sure this is another one my boys and I will love!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you, Erika! Your boys are good for my ego! πŸ™‚

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      1. Erika Kind says:

        LOL!!! I am happy to hear that!

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  7. This sounds different and good!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you, Lynn!

      Liked by 1 person

  8. Lauren K. says:

    Wow this looks great!!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you!

      Like

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