by Olena

Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

by Olena

Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie Recipe with ground turkey, beans, peas, no dairy and sweet potatoes with skin on for a delicious healthy crust. |

Well, my sweet potato Shepherd’s pie is kicked up a notch in nutrition using beans and less meat, sweet potatoes with skin on instead of white potatoes, and no dairy products. English people might raise their eyebrows but we are stepping outside the box. Truth is you could use white potatoes, parsnips or cauliflower mash on top (which I did a few years later=> cauliflower Shepherd’s pie). I felt like sweet potatoes because we had french fries the night before. You could also add some butter or cheese to the crust so it browns a bit but I didn’t feel like it.

This easy Shepherd’s pie was delicious! With saucy meaty filling – pure comfort food a healthy way!

Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie Recipe with ground turkey, beans, peas, no dairy and sweet potatoes with skin on for a delicious healthy crust. |

My kids do not like sweet potatoes but they loved them in this recipe! Well, my 4 year old doesn’t like anything right now, so it took him 40 minutes to finish his plate but he did => 5 ways to make kids eat healthy. My oldest said he doesn’t like mashed sweet potatoes but in combination with filling he loved them. So, try and see.

I doubled the recipe and froze one pie. I’m starting to do that now since we do not buy anything processed anymore. Saves a lot of time!

Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie Recipe with ground turkey, beans, peas, no dairy and sweet potatoes with skin on for a delicious healthy crust. |

A few more sweet potato recipes I came up with over the years:

Chipotle Sweet Potato Hummus

Sweet Potato Pizza Crust

Sweet Potato Noodle Salad with Lime & Peanuts

One Pan Sweet Potato and Eggs

Chipotle Sweet Potato Oatmeal Muffins


Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie Recipe with ground turkey, beans, peas, no dairy and sweet potatoes with skin on for a delicious healthy crust.

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  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x




  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil, extra virgin
  • 3 medium carrots, diced
  • 1 lb ground meat (turkey, chicken or I used venison)
  • 2 cups vegetable broth (I used vegetable bouillon cube diluted in hot water)
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch, non-GMO
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp oregano, dried
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 cup peas, frozen or fresh
  • 14 oz can red kidney or pinto beans, drained & rinsed (I use my own cooked beans)


  1. In a medium pot, add sweet potatoes and cover with water. Bring to a boil, cover and cook on low for 15 minutes or until fork tender.
  2. In the meanwhile, preheat large non-stick or cast iron skillet on medium heat and swirl olive oil to coat. Add onions and garlic, saute for a few minutes, stirring occasionally. Add carrots and cook for a few more minutes. Add ground meat and cook until brown, breaking into pieces and stirring with spatula.
  3. Add broth, tomato paste, cornstarch, balsamic vinegar, oregano, salt, pepper; stir, bring to a boil and let simmer on low until thickens a bit. Add peas and beans, mix. Transfer to a 9″ x 13″ baking dish.
  4. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Drain sweet potatoes and add coconut oil, garlic powder and salt to the pot. Mash with a masher until smooth. Drop dollops of potato mixture on top of meat filling and then spread evenly using a spatula or any long flat utensil. Bake for 20 minutes. Serve hot.

Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze leftovers for up to 3 months.

Freeze: Assemble, tightly wrap with plastic and then foil, and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight and bake as per instructions + 15 minutes.

 Did you make this recipe? Please give it a star rating in the comments.


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Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

What You Will Find Here

Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

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Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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  1. I love your clean eating adaption of Shepherd’s pie. It’s much more nutrient dense than the traditional one. It’s funny, but I also made one just last week. I used ground turkey and mushrooms for the filling and mashed sweet potatoes for the crust. Will try your version, too.

    P.S.: absolutely lovely photos! It’s not easy to take pictures of ground meat. 🙂

    1. Too funny. Russian minds think alike.:) I could have added dairy to the crust to brown it more but didn’t feel like it. I have been feeling so good and my skin cleared up so well ever since I stopped eating dairy so I try to avoid it. Mushrooms are a great filler!!! Thank you. Many healthy dishes are not easy to photograph.:( Everything that is not good for us looks so tasty usually LOL.

  2. I am thinking you did not actually mean 1.5 oz for the sweet potatoes. Can you clarify the amount required for this recipe?

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