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Dutch Oven Shepherd’s Pie

Enjoy a hearty Dutch Oven Shepherd’s Pie on your next outing. This is an easy version of the classic dish.

We enjoy cooking with our Dutch oven. Some of our favorite cast-iron dinners are Chicken & Veggies and Salisbury Steak. Now we have another easy recipe for you.

This Camping Shepherd’s Pie has a few shortcuts. These make for an easy prep out at the campsite.

close up of Dutch Oven Shepherd's Pie

Dutch Oven Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

Make this delicious meal using your choice of sweet or regular potatoes. You will also need ground meat, frozen mixed vegetables, jarred brown gravy, and sour cream. Cheese is optional.

ingredients for easy shepherds pie

The key to this recipe is prepping the potatoes ahead of time. We prefer to use sweet potatoes.

We bake them up ahead of time by wrapping them in foil and sticking them in the hot coals of the campfire. You can also bake them at home ahead of time.

serving of meat & potatoes casserole on a while plate taken at a campsite

Camping Cottage Pie Prep

Prep at least 20 pieces of charcoal for placement around the Dutch oven. We use a charcoal chimney to simplify this process.

While the charcoal is being prepped for the oven, brown your meat in the bottom of the pot over the campfire. We recommend leaner ground meat so that it does not have to be drained.

Open the jar of gravy and mix it with the prepared meat. Top the meat with the frozen vegetables

Mash the baked potatoes and stir in sour cream. Spread this mixture over the vegetables.

collage of how to make Shepherd's Pie in a Dutch oven

Put the lid on the Dutch oven. Put 8 coals underneath the oven and 12 on the lid. Bake for 50-60 minutes.

For a cheesy top, sprinkle shredded cheese on top as soon as you remove the lid.

Dutch Oven Cooking Tip
Use a foil baking pan that is the size of the bottom of the Dutch oven to contain the coals. This helps hold the heat, protects coals from wet ground, and allows you to move the Dutch oven in case of rain or wind.

We love to bake a dessert at the same time as this meal by stacking up the Dutch ovens. Chocolate lovers will enjoy Dutch Oven Brownies, S’mores Dump Cake, or Caramel Turtle Lava Cake. Fruity options include Caramel Apple Monkey Bread or Lemon Blueberry Dump Cake.

Will you be using regular or sweet potatoes when you make this Campfire Shepherd’s Pie?

Shepherd's Pie in a Dutch oven with a serving on a white plate

Yield: 8 servings

Dutch Oven Shepherd's Pie

zoomed photo of baked shepherds pie in a cast iron pot

Shepherd's pie does not have to be complicated! Make it in your Dutch oven with these simple ingredients. We used sweet potato, but regular potato works just as well!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 large potatoes (baked ahead of time)
  • 2 lbs ground meat
  • 1 jar of brown gravy
  • 1 bag of frozen mixed vegetables
  • 4 oz sour cream
  • Ground pepper
  • Optional: shredded cheese

Instructions

    1. Prepare 20+ charcoal briquettes.
    2. Brown the meat in the bottom of the Dutch oven over the campfire.
    3. Mix the jar of gravy and the vegetables with the meat.
    4. Remove the skin from the baked potatoes.
    5. In a separate bowl, mash the potatoes and stir in the sour cream.
    6. Stir in some ground pepper.
    7. Layer the potato mixture on top of the meat.
    8. Put the lid on the Dutch oven.
    9. Make a circle of 8 coals and place the oven over them and place 12 coals on the lid of the oven.
    10. Bake for 30-40 minutes. It might be more or less depending on the size of your oven and the heat of the coals.
    11. Optional: Sprinkled shredded cheese on top before serving.

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