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So deliciously good this Shepherd's Pie (Filipino-style) is made of perfectly seasoned ground beef sauteed with vegetables such as onions, garlic, tomatoes, bell peppers, and carrots with creamy mashed potatoes on top! My kind of comfort food!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian Cuisine, Filipino, Southeast Asian
Keyword Filipino Picadillo, filipino picadillo with mashed potatoes, shepherd's pie filipino-style
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings 8
Author Manila Spoon


For the Mashed Potato Topping

  • 3 pounds Potatoes peeled and cut into large chunks
  • Water just enough to cover the potatoes
  • 1 tbsp Salt
  • 4 tbsp Butter room temp
  • 1/3 cup Milk
  • 1 cup Grated or shredded Parmesan Cheese, or to taste
  • Extra Salt and Ground Pepper, to taste

For the Picadillo (Arroz a la Cubana Meat) Mixture

  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 3 cloves Garlic, chopped
  • 1 medium Onion, chopped
  • 2 Plum or Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 lb ground Beef
  • 1/2 lb ground Pork
  • 4 tbsp Light Soy sauce
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 large red Bell pepper, diced
  • 1 small Carrot, diced
  • 1/2 cup Raisins
  • 1/2 cup Peas


For the Mashed Potato Topping

  1. Place the potatoes in a large pot and cover with cold water. Add 1 tablespoon Salt and bring to a boil. Simmer until potatoes are tender about half an hour.
  2. Drain the potatoes and place them in a large bowl and mash with a potato masher until smooth. Add the milk and butter and combine well using a wooden spoon. If you have a mixer and would rather use that (which is what I usually do), then place the drained potatoes on the mixing bowl and break it down into small pieces and then add the butter and milk and blend well. You can mix the cheese in at this point or alternatively, you can just sprinkle it on top before baking. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

For the Picadillo (Arroz a la Cubana Meat) Mixture

  1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan or skillet. Sauté the garlic and onion for about a minute. Add the diced tomatoes and cook until the onions and tomatoes have softened about 5 minutes. Stir in the ground beef and pork. Crumble with a fork to prevent clumping. Season with soy sauce and black pepper and cook until the meat has turned brown. Add the red bell pepper and carrots and then simmer covered for about 5-8 minutes or until the veggies have softened.
  2. Uncover then stir in the raisins, raise the heat and cook for a further 3-5 minutes or until most of the liquid has evaporated. Add the peas and cook for another couple of minutes. Adjust the seasoning, if needed.

To Make the Shepherd’s Pie

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Place the meat and vegetable mixture on a 9×13 glass baking dish or a similar casserole dish. Spoon the mashed potatoes over the meat and vegetables. Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes or until the potatoes have lightly browned on top and the meat mixture is bubbling. Serve from the baking dish.