Healthy Paleo Shepherd’s Pie

Paleo Shepherds Pie

This hearty Paleo Shepherd’s Pie recipe is a fantastic dish for a family dinner or a dinner party.

Rather than using a potato mash like in the traditional recipe we instead use a delicious cauliflower puree. This cauliflower puree gives you a lovely creamy mash topping that tastes just as good as the potato version. In the end, you will end up with a fantastic low carb pie that everyone can enjoy.

In this recipe, I use ground beef rather than the ground lamb, livers and brains and other ingredients that were often used in the more traditional recipes. If you prefer a particular type of ground meat then you can easily replace the ground beef with that, it’s entirely up to you.

It’s important to note that if you’re running low on time, then even the pie filling makes for a fantastic meal. This filling can be cooked completely in the pan and won’t need to be placed in the oven. This method will save you a considerable amount of time in the kitchen. However, it won’t be very pie-like.

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Paleo Shepherd's Pie Recipe

Prep time
15 Minutes
Cook time
55 Minutes
Total time
1 Hour & 10 Minutes


Beef Filling

  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 2 tsp. garlic, crushed
  • 2 celery sticks, diced
  • 2 ½ Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 2 tsp. thyme
  • 2 tsp. parsley
  • 1 ½ cup water or beef/chicken stock
  • 500g (17 ½ oz.) ground beef

Cauliflower Puree

  • 1 large head of cauliflower chopped into florets
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • Salt & Pepper


  1. Firstly, preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F)

Cauliflower Puree

  1. Steam or boil the cauliflower until it’s tender.
  2. Drain the cauliflower in a colander and set aside to cool slightly.
  3. Place the cooled cauliflower into a food processor or a container with a stick blender.
  4. Add the coconut oil and blend until smooth.
  5. Season with salt, pepper and set aside.

Beef Filling

  1. In a pan over medium heat, melt the coconut oil.
  2. Add the onion, garlic, celery, carrot and cook for about 5 minutes or until the onion is translucent.
  3. Add the ground beef and cook until browned.
  4. Add the tomato paste, thyme, parsley, cumin and beef stock.
  5. Cook for about 10 minutes stirring occasionally.
  6. Season with salt, pepper and set aside.

Bringing it all together

  1. In an ovenproof dish, place the beef filling.
  2. Top with cauliflower purée.
  3. Place in the oven, cook for about 30 minutes or until golden brown.
  4. Serve & Enjoy

Recipe Tips

  • If you don’t like ground beef, you can substitute it with any kind of other ground meat such as chicken or lamb.
  • Assuming you prefer the more classic shepherd’s pie, you can add stuff like lamb brains or liver into this dish.
  • If you just want single servings of the pie, I recommend using some nice ovenproof ramekins. You can easily freeze these down so that you can have a quick single serve meal that you can just either oven or microwave.

Nutritional Information

This pie is delicious, but you might be curious to how much of an impact it will have on your diet. If this is the case, then you can find the nutritional information below.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 327g (11.53 oz)
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 214 Calories from Fat 50.4
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5.6g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 74mg 25%
Sodium 308mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 12.4g 4%
Dietary Fiber 4.7g 19%
Sugars 5.7g
Protein 29g 58%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Assuming you like this recipe, then you may be interested in the paleo friendly beef stew. This stew is great for those nights where you want something easy and hearty.

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