Shepherd’s Pie Recipe – 2 Ways

Shepherd's Pie Recipe

One of my favourite dishes growing up, and still to this day, is shepherd’s pie. I have made it with my Mom since I was little and it has always been a family favourite. Although the original shepherd’s pie recipe is from the United Kingdom, us French Canadians make it slightly differently, and call it pâté chinois.

Today, I am going to show you a classic shepherd’s pie recipe, as well as the version called pâté chinois. Funny enough, either of these pie recipes actually require a pie crust, and they are both made with the same ingredients!

For This Pâté Chinois / Shepherd’s Pie Recipe, you will need:

  • Minced Meat (I like to use lean ground beef)
  • Potatoes (And ingredients to make mash, like butter/milk)
  • Carrots
  • Salt, Pepper & Spices (I love using taco seasoning)
  • (Optional: Corn, Onion, Celery)
  • (Optional topping: Ketchup)

Shepherd's Pie Recipe

Keep in mind that my family has always made this shepherd’s pie recipe with carrots rather than corn, because I have a corn sensitivity. If you can eat corn, I highly recommend adding it as a layer to this recipe as well!


  • Peel, Wash and Chop your potatoes and carrots
  • Put them each in a separate pot to boil for about 15-20 minutes
  • While those are cooking, brown your minced meat in a pan
  • Drain the grease from the meat and add your seasonings
  • Mash your potatoes and add butter, milk, or whatever you like in your mash

Shepherd's Pie Recipe

Now here is where the “2 Ways” of the Shepherd’s Pie Recipe happens:

#1. For Pâté Chinois:

In an oven-safe glass dish, layer your ingredients. Start with a layer of minced meat. If you want, next you can add a thin layer of ketchup to moisten the recipe, this is optional. Next, add your veggies, like carrots and/or corn. The final layer will be mash potatoes.

If you would like to have it immediately, bake it in the oven until the top is golden and crisp. Otherwise, you can do like I did and store it in the freezer to bake at another date.

Tip: Grate cheese on top before baking for extra goodness!

#2. For Shepherd’s Pie:

Shepherd's Pie Recipe


Combine the carrots (and corn/peas) with your beef. Next, add water (I used some beef stock instead) to make a nice gravy. Remember, the beef is pre-seasoned with the taco seasoning.

Put a heaping pile of delicious mashed potatoes on your plate, and top it with your beef & veggie gravy. Voila! Your Shepherd’s Pie Recipe is complete!

I love this meal because it is simple and such comfort food for me. Leftovers store very well in the fridge for 2 or 3 days afterwards, but to be honest, this shepherd’s pie recipe is so good it usually doesn’t last that long!

Have you heard shepherd’s pie called pâté chinois before? Chances are, if you live in a french speaking part of Canada, you definitely have!

Which way do you like your shepherd’s pie? Let me know in the comments below if you have any variations! I would love to try them sometime.

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