Slow Cooker Shepherd’s Pie

Slow Cooker Shepherd’s Pie

My slow cooker shepherd’s pie is an easy meal which your whole family will love. Prepare it earlier in the day and then leave the slow cooker to work its magic, it is perfect for a family mealtime when you are short on time.

You’ll love the rich lamb filling topped with soft and crispy mashed potatoes!

Slow Cooker Shepherd's Pie

Traditionally made with leftover lamb from a Sunday roast, for this slow cooker shepherd’s pie you can either chop up some leftover roast lamb or use fresh lamb mince (ground lamb), depending on what you have available. I have tried both ways and they both work well.

So flexible and easy to do whether you have leftover lamb to use or not! And isn’t it great to use your slow cooker to make a one-pot meal the family will love.

Slow Cooker Shepherd's Pie

This is the ultimate lazy dish as you put the mashed potato on top inside the slow cooker, and so don’t have to use any more pans to bake it in the oven! Ideal if the last thing you want is more washing up to do. It turned out very well, the lamb was very tender and the mash did not sink into the pie, and remained moist.

Definitely one to make again. My kids really enjoyed my slow cooker shepherd’s pie and it was much less hassle for me. Win-win situation!


At the end you can simply brown the top of the shepherd’s pie under the grill. Make sure your slow cooker pot is safe to do this with first, the sear and stew slow cookers have metal pots and can be used this way.

Mine was an old ceramic pot and I put it in a baking tray so that if it did crack I wouldn’t lose the contents all over the oven. Thankfully it was fine! The last thing you would want is that mess.

4.75 from 4 votes
Slow Cooker Shepherd's Pie
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
7 hrs
Total Time
7 hrs 5 mins

Slow cooker recipe for shepherd's pie, a real family favourite

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Slow Cooker
Calories: 440 kcal
Author: bakingqueen74
  • 500 g fresh lamb mince or leftover roast lamb if you have it
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 large carrots diced
  • 100 ml chicken stock or beef/lamb if you have it
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 400 g tinned peas (or frozen/fresh peas whichever you have)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Enough potatoes to top your dish I used 3 large baking potatoes
  • Splash of milk
  • Knob of butter
  1. Brown the onion. If using fresh mince, brown the lamb mince at the same time.
  2. Add the onion and browned mince to the slow cooker with the carrots and peas.
  3. Pour in the stock, Worcestershire sauce and tomato puree, and season.
  4. Cook on low for 5 hrs or until the carrots are tender.
  5. Half an hour before the end of the five hours, peel and chop the potatoes and simmer them for 20 mins approx until tender.
  6. Mash the potatoes in the saucepan with the milk and butter.
  7. Spoon the mash on top of the shepherd's pie filling in the slow cooker.
  8. Cook for 1-2 hours more on low.
  9. Brown the top of the shepherd's pie under the grill for approx 20 minutes.
  10. Serve the shepherd's pie straight from the slow cooker pot.


If you want more family friendly slow cooker recipes check out my Recipe Index and you might also like these:

Slow cooker sausage casserole

Slow Cooker Chicken Saag Curry

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This looks yummy!


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Wendy A
Wendy A

A great way to cook the shepherds pie in the slow cooker. Having less pots to wash up is a winner for me too!


What size slow cooker have you used for this recipe?

Nikki G
Nikki G

Tried making this tonight…
The last step of “browning top of shepherds pie under the grill for 20 mins” ??? Does that mean literally take the crockpot insert in the oven under the broiler? I was unsure. Please clarify for me thanks!

Shelley Ross
Shelley Ross

Making this just now before I put the mash on top can I thicken the gravy? It looks too runny for me. Can’t wait to taste it!

Shelley Ross
Shelley Ross

Can I thicken the gravy before I put the mash on top? Making this just now, smells amazing!


First time making a traditional Shepherd’s Pie – it was delicious! Putting in the slow cooker was a bonus.

Shanna-Kay Currie
Shanna-Kay Currie

What kind of crockpot are you using ?


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