Healthy Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

Published on Aug 22, 2013
Updated on Nov 17, 2018

Sweet Potato Shepherds Pie // TriedandTastyDo you ever get a hankering for something that sounds just so delicious? Surely you do. That was probably a dumb question. Out of the clear blue sky, I got a hankering for some shepherd’s pie. Well, actually. I was thinking about how I could use the green beans that we picked from our garden a week or so ago that have been sitting in my fridge. I didn’t want them to go to waste and I didn’t want them to just be a boring side either. I mentally went through my catalog of favorite recipes and this popped in to mind. As much as I love my other Shepherd’s Pie recipe, I wanted to switch it up. For two reasons: 1) the hubs isn’t a fan of white potatoes and 2) I wanted it to be a healthy guilt free dinner. So. I switched it up. You want to know what? It turned out amazing. Seriously. I was a little worried about the cheese/sweet potato combo but it totally works! If you are a shepherd’s pie fan, you have got to try this version.

Healthy Sweet Potato Shepherds Pie // TriedandTasty

Healthy Sweet Potato Shepherds Pie // TriedandTastyHealthy Sweet Potato Shepherds Pie // TriedandTasty

Healthy Sweet Potato Shepherds Pie // TriedandTasty

Healthy Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Healthy Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 261 kcal
Author: Yvonne

This Healthy Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie recipe is filled with wholesome vegetables, and warms the belly while delighting your taste buds! 



  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1/2 med. onion diced
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. garlic salt
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1 15.25 oz. can of corn, drained
  • 1 14.5 oz. can of green beans, drained
  • 1 15 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 2 c. sweet potatoes cubed (approx 3 med. potatoes)
  • 1/2 c. shredded cheddar cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.

  2. In a medium pot, boil sweet potato cubes until soft; approx. 10-15 minutes (depending on the size of your cubes).

  3. While sweet potatoes are boiling, heat olive oil on medium-high in a large pan and saute onions until translucent; 3-5 minutes. Add ground turkey; brown and season with garlic salt, salt & oregano. Add corn, green beans and tomato sauce. Heat throughout.

  4. Once potatoes have softened, drain all water and mash with a potato masher, hand held immersion blender, or hand mixer.

  5. Spoon meat mixture into the bottom of a casserole dish and cover with prepared mashed potatoes. Sprinkle the pie with shredded cheese and bake for 10-15 minutes until cheese is melted.

Recipe Notes

[My 2 Cents]
I didn't grow up with a garden, so each time I get to use something from our garden we've got going this year I get so excited. I'm amazed at how wonderful fresh veggies and herbs taste. I used the green beans from our garden and measured about a cup and a half. I also used whole tomatoes that we canned last summer. I just threw them in the blender and blended until smooth and measured out about two cups (you could use less if you like).

Nutrition Facts
Healthy Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie
Amount Per Serving
Calories 261 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 46mg15%
Sodium 1122mg49%
Potassium 735mg21%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 8800IU176%
Vitamin C 17.2mg21%
Calcium 146mg15%
Iron 4.4mg24%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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45 comments about “Healthy Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

    1. Yvonne

      Hi Willa, have you ever tried frozen green beans? I’ve found that I prefer them more than canned green beans! If you wanted to, you could substitute about 1 and 3/4 cups of frozen (or fresh) green beans for the can of green beans that the recipe calls for.

  1. Ann

    Making this weekend and then pinning it if its thats good. And I can tell from the ingredients and the rave reviews that it is. Thanks, Oh I’m pinning it now. LOL

  2. Jessie

    Just made this amazing recipe tonight it was easy,family LOVED it and it’s healthy! Amazing recipe Yvonne! Thank you :)

    1. Yvonne

      Oooh Maria! You just made my morning! Thank you so much. I was actually going to make this for dinner last night. I think I’ll make it tonight!

  3. Jennifer M.

    Thanks Yvonne! This will stay in my rotation! I’m always on the lookout for healthy and delicious meals. This is also in the comfort food category.

  4. bobbiesinner

    My husband and I decided to make this for dinner last night, after I was searching through the site for something new to eat and to only use what we had already at the house (minus sweet potatoes), and it was awesome!! I am a very picky eater and I don’t care for sweet potatoes but they were so delicious and the consistency in this dish was wonderful! We are definetly making this again!!

    1. Yvonne

      I’m so happy you loved it! Isn’t it a trip how well the sweet potatoes work in this dish? I was almost blown away at how flavorful and wonderful the combination was. Thanks for stopping by to let me know – enjoy!

    1. Yvonne

      Thanks for stopping by, I was pleasantly surprised with how well the sweet potatoes replaced the white potatoes. So yummy!

    1. Yvonne

      It IS so delicious and it IS so flavorful… I wish I still had leftovers! I’ll have to check out your link party, thanks for coming over to visit.

    1. Yvonne

      We gobbled this meal up so fast I couldn’t believe it. So flavorful. I wasn’t reaching for the salt and pepper at the dinner table like I normally am!

    1. Yvonne

      Seriously – it was like a light came on for me! Well, I guess that isn’t true. A friend mentioned that she switched out the white potatoes for sweet but that was a month or two ago and I forgot.. so when I remembered I was so excited that we had some!

    1. Yvonne

      Isn’t that the truth!!! I also pin sooooo many delicious sounding/looking/tasting things and wish I had more time to get to actually making them :)

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