Comforting Slow Cooker Cottage Pie

Comforting Slow Cooker Cottage Pie

As it is now October, I’m cooking a lot of warming family meals in my slow cooker again.  I just love the convenience you get with the slow cooker of doing the cooking earlier in the day so I don’t have to do it when we get home from school and work and everyone is tired and hungry.

Let’s face it, the last thing you want to do after a long day is cook something from scratch.

Just move your prep to earlier in the day and you can still have a home cooked meal with a lot less hassle. So the first of my family meals I am sharing this autumn is my slow cooker cottage pie.

Slow cooker cottage pie filling

With rich, warm flavours and packed with vegetables, a cottage pie ticks all the boxes for a family meal for me.

Kids love it, you’ll feel a real sense of satisfaction at having made the family meal from scratch, and it is a great winter warmer too.


If you are vegetarian you could use veggie mince or lentils to replace the meat of course, there is no need to miss out. We also enjoy my slow cooker shepherds pie if we fancy lamb instead of beef.

Slow cooker cottage pie

How to Make a Cottage Pie in a Slow Cooker

I hate having to use loads of pans and leaving even more washing up to be done.

Make the mash separately and add it on top of the cottage pie filling in the slow cooker, heat it through for a couple of hours, then stick it under the grill (broiler) to brown the top and make it crispy.

Then you can serve straight from the slow cooker pot, without leaving the kitchen covered in dirty pans.

Bonus at making less washing up right there!

Slow cooker cottage pie


If you like this slow cooker cottage pie recipe, make sure you check out family slow cooker recipes that kids love and my slow cooker archives.

Pin my slow cooker cottage pie on Pinterest to save it for later!

Slow cooker cottage pie - an easy recipe that will be a firm favourite with your family

Slow Cooker Cottage Pie

Slow cooker cottage pie

Slow Cooker Cottage Pie

Recipe for cottage pie, pie with mashed potato and a beef filling, made in the slow cooker, a great winter warmer
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: British, Slow Cooker
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5 hours
Oven time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 5 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 287kcal
Author: bakingqueen74


  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 large red onion
  • 2 large carrots
  • 2 large field mushrooms
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 450 g beef mince
  • 1 400 g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1 rich beef stock pot melt or a beef stock cube
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • For the mash: 3 large potatoes a splash of milk and a knob of butter, peeled


  • Fry the red onion in the oil, and once softened add the garlic and fry for one minute more.
  • Add the mince to the pan, turn up the heat and cook until browned through. Drain any fat in the pan away and add the mince and onion mixture to the slow cooker.
  • Chop the carrots and mushrooms and add them to the pot.
  • Add the tin of chopped tomatoes, rich beef stock pot or beef stock cube, tomato puree and cook on high for 4-5 hours.
  • When there is approx 2 hours left, make the mash. Simmer the potatoes for approx 20 mins until softened, then add the milk and butter and mash with a potato masher.
  • Spoon the mash on top of the filling in the slow cooker pot. Cook for the rest of the time remaining.
  • Preheat your grill and put the slow cooker pot in a roasting tray, then put it under the grill for 20 minutes to brown the top of the cottage pie. Warning: only do this if you have a sear and stew type slow cooker with a metal pot, or a pot which the instructions say can be used under the grill, or, if you are a bit reckless like me, an old slow cooker pot that you don't mind losing if it cracks.
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Linking up with the Slow Cooked Challenge over at Farmersgirl Kitchen this month


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Kate Ditchfield

Hi, just to clarify, do you not add any water to this? Ive just added the little stock pot and im just worried about the lack of water!

Your cottage pie looks delicious Lucy, a great idea to use the slow cooker and perfect for this time of year.

Wow! Cottage pie in the slow cooker! Such a great idea. I love my slow cooker but I am not very adventurous with it!

I’ve been thinking about getting a slow cooker for a while now. After seeing this recipe, getting one is a must!

I haven’t had cottage pie for years, I remember my mum used to make them and it was always worth waiting for.

Thanks for the post and I’ll be back as soon as I’ve bought a slow cooker! 🙂

Janice @FarmersgirlCook

That looks great, I’m planning on making a cottage pie this weekend and might just make it in my slow cooker now!

This is such a good idea – the slow cooker is so versatile!

I haven’t had cottage pie in yeeeears! It’s always such a great comforting dinner, I just always forget to make it. Great idea to use the slow cooker!

It looks like the slow cooker makes the mash nice and crispy too. I must invest in a slow cooker!