Tater Tot Shepherd's Pie

Sunday, April 19, 2020
If you love a creamy cheese sauce, tater tots and ground beef casseroles, this is going to be a tasty addition to your casserole making this Tater Tot Shepherd's Pie.

Made with a creamy soup, sour cream with a ground beef sauce then baked all together topped with cheesy frozen tater tots baked to a crispy golden brown.

I love easy meals like this one and with just a few ingredients to keep on hand you can have this done in no time and it's a favorite 30-minute meal.

We made many pasta casseroles, economical bean meals and one-pan meals being on the go and busy lifestyles, we need those kinds of quick meals that fill you up and are tasty, this is one of them.

The first time I made this, I have to admit, it didn't look that great but tasted delicious so don't let the sloppy looking messy pan turn you away.

This isn't like a regular mashed potato shepherd's pie, this one has all the flavors but with a crunchy potato topping and much creamier beef.

Scroll down to the bottom and check out or print this yummy recipe.

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Updated Traditional Shepherd's Pie

The original shepherd's pie has many recipes and versions and when we first tasted this casserole-style with tater tots, immediately everyone said this taste just like shepherd's pie just with a cheesy cream sauce.

I adapted to the recipe by adding corn instead of peas you would find in an original style cottage pie or shepherd's pie and of course tater tots are used instead of mashed potatoes.

This basic recipe can be changed to what your family prefers, substitute a different cheese, shredded potatoes or other kinds of potato frozen, any vegetable you like and even use a different kind of cream soup as written and mentioned in this recipe card below.

There is no right or wrong, use what you have on hand for those basic ingredients and create this new and innovative recipe any way you like.

this is a tater tot casserole before it goes into the oven

Ingredients You Will Need to Make Tater Tot Sheperd's Pie

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  • ground beef
  • milk
  • sour cream
  • cream soup (cream of chicken, mushroom or cheddar cheese soup)
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • salt, pepper
  • granulated garlic powder
  • extra-sharp shredded cheddar cheese divided
  • frozen tater tots or more to cover the top of the casserole
  • frozen or canned corn drained (or use peas and corn combination)

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Below are suggestions for substitutions in the recipe as written

  • Peas
  • Carrots
  • Onions
  • Cream soups of any kind
  • Hash browns
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Ground pork, ground venison, ground turkey, ground lamb

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Tater Tot Shepherds Pie

Tater Tot Shepherds Pie

Yield: 4
Prep time: 5 MCook time: 30 MTotal time: 35 M
This is a delicious creamy cheesy ground beef and potato meal is so easily made in no time and one of those comfort foods the kids can't get enough of! Tater tots with a cheese topping and baked to golden perfection!


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 can cream soup (cream of chicken, mushroom or cheddar cheese soup)
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • salt, pepper
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic powder
  • 2 cups extra sharp shredded cheddar cheese divided
  • 2 cups frozen tater tots or more to cover the top of the casserole
  • 1 cup of more of frozen or canned corn drained (or use peas and corn combination)


How to cook Tater Tot Shepherds Pie

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2.  In a large skillet, cook beef on medium heat until beef is no longer pink. 
  3. Drain the grease, then stir in the corn, soup, 1 cup cheese, milk, sour cream, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper to taste.
  4. Pour beef mixture into an oil spray casserole pan, I used a 10-inch deep round casserole pan and like a deeper amount of the cream mixture on the bottom.
  5.  Top with frozen tater tots, not on top of each other and then sprinkle remaining cheese on top.
  6.  Bake uncovered for 25-30 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and tater tots are golden browned and crispy.
  7. Note: if the tater tots are done you can also broil the top on low for around 2 minutes for extra crispiness.
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Disclosure: This recipe was originally posted to this blog 2011. It was edited and re-published in 2020.


  1. I've never been one for lamb, but you made it look amazing! I'd definitely try it!

  2. This looks like a much better version of shepherds pie than the one I had at the Irish festival years ago. I am glad that you have noted that the gravy is served separately-I would rather measure it out to my own liking than have some soupy serving.
    Great choice of meat and nicely layered-thanks for sharing this one Claudia-yum!

  3. Lamb, I promise no baaad jokes. I bet this is incredible. Cool weather coming at the end of the week. This will be a good hearty dish to warm me up. Plus it will get me in the mood for my trip to Ireland.

  4. I'm a fan of shepherds pie, but don't believe I've made the REAL lamb version. Please check my blog today if you get a chance.

  5. Very tasty looking. My wife just made Shepard's pie this weekend. Or cottage pie as she calls it.

    That looks awesome with the corn!

  6. I've never done this cheese. That would add melty goodness! Comforting fare from Florida!

  7. It looks delicious! I haven't eaten much lamb so should try this!

  8. Claudia...This dish has been a staple on our menu. Mostly done the same way except for a few twists here an there. The garlic mashed potatoes will certainly be a twist I'll have to try next time as well ;o)

    Have a great day and flavourful wishes,

  9. Dear Claudia, This is a perfect fall meal. I love meals like this. Have a great day. Blessings, Catherine xo

  10. Great minds think alike - I just made my own version of this dish this week. Yum! xoxo

  11. I love sheperds pie - you did it up right with the lamb! Love all that corn you topped it with!

  12. Grumpy loves shepherds pie but I didn't grow up with it so I don't know much about it or think of making it. I should try it for him but I would probably skip the lamb...I have not ever been able to eat lamb. Maybe is psychological...not sure!

  13. This is great comfort food and I love that you use garlic mashed potatoes. I will definitely try your version

  14. Wow this looks amazing! Shepherd's Pie is my favorite, never tried it with lamb! Yum :)

  15. I've never tried lamb. Recipe sounds good.

    Congrats to the winner.

  16. This looks so good. I love shepherds pie. I disliked it as a kid but have grown to love it as an adult. Your version is amazing.

  17. Looks great! I loved shepherd's pie back in Ireland, with any sort of meat, so I'm sure this would be a winner :)

  18. Shepherds pie is one of my favorites! This sounds delicious Claudia =)

  19. That's a fun twist and it surely looks very delicious and soul comforting.

  20. This is the perfect comfort food. Can't wait to make it again!

  21. A really great cozy and nostalgic meal.

  22. I love casseroles topped with tater tots! So classic, Claudia, and so comforting at this time. Hope you are staying safe!


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