close-up of ground turkey shepherd's pie in baking dish

Turkey Shepherd's Pie

Shepherd's pie with ground turkey, a mirepoix of celery, onions, and carrots, as well as some pantry items. Filled with the rich flavors of the fall and is easy to make!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: American, European
Keyword: easy shepherd's pie with ground turkey and instant potatoes, ground turkey shepherd's pie with instant mashed potatoes, shepherd's pie with ground turkey and frozen vegetables, shepherd's pie with ground turkey and instant potatoes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 171kcal


  • 1 Large pot
  • 1 13 x 9 baking pan
  • 1 Medium nonstick skillet


Meat and Vegetable Filling:

  • 1 Tbsp canola oil (any vegetable oil will do)
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 2 cups frozen Mirepoix vegetables (thawed)
  • 2 Tbsp unbleached all-purpose flour

Sauce Reduction:

  • ¾ cup heated water (in microwave safe measuring cup/bowl) +
  • 1 tsp chicken Bouillon Powder (dissolved in water)
  • 1 Tbsp low sodium soy sauce (we used no salt; so didn't care for low-sodium - but normally what we use)
  • 2 - 3 dashes Tabasco sauce (or any hot sauce you may have on hand)
  • 2 Tbsp ketchup

Seasoning mix:

  • 1 Tbsp Dash Original seasoning
  • ¼ tsp Dash Extra Spicy seasoning
  • ¼ tsp organic turmeric
  • tsp Poultry Seasoning
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • tsp ground allspice
  • tsp ground sage
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • 2 pkgs instant mashed potatoes (cooked per package directions)
  • cup shredded cheese (any blend works; we used Mexican blend)


  • Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  • Prepare your instant mashed potatoes (per the package's instructions) and set aside to let slightly cool. OR you can use refrigerated mashed potatoes (just easier to spread if warm).
  • Over medium-high heat (we set the marker between 5 and 6), in the skillet, add the oil until hot and brown the ground turkey.
  • Add the mirepoix mix and sauté the vegetables in the remaining oil, along with the turkey, until just translucent.
  • Stir in the flour and seasoning mix, cook for about a minute, and stir to thicken.
  • Add all of your sauce reduction ingredients and continue stirring until mixture begins to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 5 minutes.
  • Spread the ground turkey and mirepoix mixture in an even layer on the bottom of a 9 x 13 baking dish. Top with the mashed potatoes and sprinkle with shredded cheese.
  • Place the dish in the oven and bake for 25 minutes, until the cheese is fully melted and the sides of the dish have become a bit of a golden brown crust. Serve and Enjoy!


We ended up just baking some Sister Schubert's Dinner Rolls alongside our shepherd's pie.
You can even mash it up in a bowl and just enjoy!


Calories: 171kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 343mg | Potassium: 296mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 218IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 79mg | Iron: 2mg
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