Asian Inspired Shepherd’s Pie Recipe With Ground Beef

As a busy mom it is important that I take time to come up with easy meal ideas that taste great and work well for the weeknight rush.  In the Little Miss Kate household I like to try to infuse our menu with international flavours now and again to help us keep out of the “Meat and Potatoes” rut.  Classic Shepherds pie is an easy freezer meal idea as it still includes the meat and potatoes but brings a little something more to the table.   One of my favorite products to go to for a little inspiration is VH Sauces.  They offer a great line of internationally inspired sauces that are guaranteed to help make getting dinner on the table a little easier and add great flavour at the same time.  This recipe for Asian Inspired Shepherd’s Pie Recipe made with ground beef is one that the whole family enjoys.

Asian Inspired Shepherd’s Pie Recipe With Ground Beef

When browsing the VH Sauces website I was intrigued by the Asian 5 Spice Shepherd’s Pie.  We make Shepherd’s Pie in our house fairly often as it is a hearty and filling meal, that tastes as good the next day as it does fresh out of the oven.  This comfort food recipe included one of the VH Asian Inspired Sauces – Asian 5 Spice Stir Fry Sauce, and I put it to the test against Hubby’s “I don’t like change” taste buds.Asian Inspired Shepherd's Pie Recipe with Ground Beef

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While it might seem odd to venture out from the classic shepherd’s pie recipe, there are lots of different shepherds pie recipes out there to try.  Don’t get stuck on just one.  If you have ever heard someone talking about a cottage pie recipe, they are likely referring to shepherd pie.

Homemade Shepherd’s Pie Recipe With Ground Beef

Asian Inspired Shepherd's Pie Recipe

Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8 servings
Calories 586kcal


  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 3 stalks of celery finely chopped
  • 2.5 lb ground beef
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 3 tbsp VH® Soya Sauce
  • 1 bottle (355mL) VH® Asian 5 Spice Stir-Fry Sauce
  • 1 cup Tomato Sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 can Peas drained
  • 1 can Corn drained
  • 2 1/2 lb potatoes peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 tbsp butter


  • In a large frying pan cook oil, onions and celery over medium heat for 5 minutes. Add in ground beef, cook until fully browned.
  • In the meantime, place potatoes in a large pot of boiling water. Boil until cooked through, and then drain. Add in butter and milk, mash.
  • Once meat is browned, drain any excess fat. Add flour, stir until well mixed. Add Soya Sauce, VH® Asian 5 Spice Stir-Fry Sauce, Tomato Sauce and 1 cup water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes, partially covered, until slightly thickened.
  • Spray 9"x13" baking dish with oil. Spread meat mixture in dish. Layer with peas and corn. Top evenly with mashed potatoes.
  • Bake covered with foil at 350°F oven until heated through and bubbling around edges, about 25 minutes. Remove foil, and bake for an additional 5-10 mins to brown the top if desired.

Easy Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

Ingredients needed to make homemade Shepard’s Pie with a twist.  You probably have most of these in your fridge or freeze already.  We buy the family packs of ground beef when they go on sale and then freeze them to take them out when we need them.  It helps with keeping our grocery budget in line, and we always have something in the freezer to pull out to cook.

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Cook the sheppard’s pie in 9×13 glass baking dish, or if aluminum containers that come with lids which are perfect for storing as a freezer meal.
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Variations of Shepherd’s Pie

You could also use sweet potatoes instead of  white potatoes if you prefer.  There are so many different variations of Shepherd’s Pie you can adjust this recipe to fit your preferences and diet.  Want a lower calorie option?  Use ground chicken instead of ground turkey, or a mix of both if you don’t want only ground turkey.  This is an easy Shepherd’s Pie Recipe that you can adapt to include veggies that your family loves.  If you kids are crazy for carrots added a peas/carrots mix or chop up cooked carrots to add to the middle layer. Asian Inspired Shepherd's Pie Recipe With Ground Beef via

How to Make Shepherds Pie Asian Inspired Shepherd's Pie Recipe With Ground Beef via

The end result: We LOVED it (even hubby)!  I was not sure how the Asian 5 spice sauce would work with the tomato sauce to create the meat base, but the combination is perfect – just a little sweet with a great combination of spices.  The leftovers are perfect for me to take to work for lunch.  I know this will be a recipe that we will be making again.
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This Asian Inspired Shepherd’s Pie Recipe With Ground Beef Recipe makes a GREAT freezer meal.  Prepare in glass baking dishes with lids or pick up [easyazon_link keywords=”9 x 13 aluminum containers with lids” locale=”CA” tag=”litmiskat-20″]aluminum containers with lids[/easyazon_link] for easy prep.  These are also great if you are giving the freezer meals away to friends or family.  We have lots of other freezer meal ideas on Little Miss Kate, check them out below.
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Originally Posted August 2012

27 thoughts on “Asian Inspired Shepherd’s Pie Recipe With Ground Beef”

  1. This looks delicious! Thank you for the new recipe! Going to try this on the weekend, I will make two…one to freeze for the future and one to eat right away since fill nights are upon us 🙂

  2. I make Shepherd’s Pie quite often and I’d love to try making it this way, it would be a nice change from the regular old Shepherd’s Pie! Thanks for the recipe! 🙂

  3. My shameful admission : I’ve never made shepards pie in my life. Thank you for the recipe, something to look into.

  4. Darlene Schuller

    Oh I love a good Shepards Pie and this looks so yummy! Thank you for sharing, gonna be dinner one night next week!

  5. I have cooked for many years but have not made many Shepherd’s Pie very often. This is odd, because I really like it.
    I read your recipe and I really like it as well. I will get the VH Sauces so that It will really have a different flavor. Thank you so much for this recipe.

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