When it comes to savory pies, chicken pot pie is *usually* the go-to for many home cooks. Instead of fussing with finicky pie crust, simplify your comfort food dinner routine with a hearty shepherd’s pie, traditionally a meat pie with a mashed potato crust. Whether you’re vegan, Paleo, or enjoy all things in moderation, we dug up 18 options (including a deconstructed baked potato version and a taco-style alternative that the whole family will rave about!). Keep reading to gain serious dinner inspo from all things shepherd’s pie.


1. Bacon Cheeseburger Shepherd’s Pie: No need for a double-take. You can easily turn your favorite bacon cheeseburger into shepherd’s pie with the simple addition of a few bun-worthy ingredients. (via Four Generations One Roof)


2. Buffalo Chicken Shepherd’s Pie: Some people need to have hot sauce with every meal, and this chicken pie definitely brings the heat. Top with blue cheese mashed potatoes to cool things down, and you’ll have a perfect Buffalo balance. (via Flying on Jess Fuel)


3. Vegan Butternut Squash Shepherd’s Pie With Lentils and Mushrooms: This meat and dairy-free recipe will be adored by meat-eaters and vegans alike. Swap the typical mashed potato top with butternut squash for a sweet addition to the dish. (via Will Frolic for Food)


4. Chicken Shepherd’s Pie: No beef? No problem! Substitute chopped chicken, and while you’re at it, add a bit of curry powder for an interesting Indian element. (via Simply Stacie)


5. Easy Shepherd’s Pie: One pot is all you need to create a stick-to-your-ribs dinner in no time. The leftovers freeze wonderfully, so you *may* want to make extra to save for later. (via Veggie Balance)


6. Vegetarian Enchilada Shepherd’s Pie: When you get tired of the same old enchiladas, shake things up with this veggie shepherd’s pie. Mash up a sweet potato top to go with the Mexican-inspired flavors inside the pie. (via Girl Adulting)


7. Lentil and Sweet Potato Shepherds Pie: Based on the meaty lentil filling, you would never guess this meal is vegan AND gluten-free. Serve in individual oven-safe bowls and top with a chiffonade of fresh basil. (via One Ingredient Chef)


8. Mashed Cauliflower Shepherd’s Pie: Paleo peeps rejoice! This low-carb shepherd’s pie is loaded with protein and topped with a light layer of delicious mashed cauliflower so you can indulge in one of your favorite comfort foods of days past. (via Primavera Kitchen)

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9. Mushroom and Cauliflower Vegan Shepherd’s Pie: Mushrooms add a rich layer of earthy flavor to this rustic dish. Trust us: You’ll want to have extras for an epic lunch the next day. (via Delicious Everyday)


10. Easy Paleo Shepherd’s Pie: Cavemen wish they’d been able to eat this well. Show your ancestors who’s boss and whip up this simple and flavorful shepherd’s pie that still fits with the Paleo lifestyle. (via Paleo Grubs)


11. Guinness Shepherd’s Pie: Beer and shepherd’s pie are a match made in heaven. The good news is that you only need a little of the Guinness to flavor the filling and you get to finish the rest while you cook. Score! (via Confetti and Bliss)


12. Shepherd’s Pie Loaded Baked Potatoes: Turn the tables on the classic pie and try spooning the filling into a baked potato. Top with plenty of shredded cheddar and serve with a side salad to complete the fun meal. (via Cupcakes and Kale Chips)


13. Moroccan Shepherd’s Pie With Sweet Potato: Your shepherd’s pie flavor options aren’t limited to Worcestershire sauce and tomato paste. This Moroccan preparation is bursting with African flavors that’ll change the way you cook it forever. (via Our Four Forks)


14. Chorizo Shepherd’s Pie: Infuse a ton of spice into your dinner by using chorizo as your protein. Sprinkle pepper jack over the top of the mashed potatoes and garnish with green onions to bring the whole thing together. (via Must Love Home)


15. Skillet Shepherd’s Pie: Why dirty more dishes than you have to, right? Layer everything in the same cast iron skillet you made your filling in and you can spend more time enjoying your impressive dinner. (via Jo Cooks)


16. Slow Cooker Shepherd’s Pie: If you like your shepherd’s pie more on the soupy side, this slow cooker variation will be your new fave. Spoon everything into a bowl and serve with crusty bread for sopping up all of those flavorful juices. (via Yellow Bliss Road)


17. Taco Shepherd’s Pie: Your taco Tuesday just got a major makeover. Toss the flimsy tortillas and try this shepherd’s pie out next time you get a craving for your usual taco filling. (via Noshtastic)


18. Vegan Shepherd’s Pie: Red wine braised veggies and chickpeas make up this vegan filling that your belly will love. Top with mashed sweet potato and rosemary- and garlic-scented breadcrumbs for that last bit of lovely crunch. (via Jamie Oliver)

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