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Mini Shepherd’s Pies

These savory little pies may be made with simple convenience items, but I'm just as confident serving them to drop-in company as I am to my husband and three boys. —Ellen Osborne, Clarksville, Tennessee
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    5 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/3 cup chili sauce or ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1-1/4 cups water
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, cubed
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1-1/4 cups mashed potato flakes
  • 2 tubes (6 ounces each) small refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
  • 1/2 cup crushed potato chips
  • Paprika, optional


  • Preheat oven to 375°. In a large skillet, cook and crumble beef with onion and garlic over medium heat until no longer pink, 5-7 minutes; drain. Stir in chili sauce and vinegar.
  • In a small saucepan, combine water, cream cheese and butter; bring to a boil. Remove from heat; stir in potato flakes.
  • Separate biscuits; press each onto bottom and up sides of a greased muffin cup. Fill with beef mixture; top with mashed potatoes. Sprinkle with potato chips.
  • Bake until topping is golden brown, 20-25 minutes. If desired, sprinkle with paprika.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled pies in a single layer in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Reheat on a baking sheet in a preheated 375° oven until heated through, 15-18 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
2 mini shepherd's pies: 612 calories, 36g fat (15g saturated fat), 92mg cholesterol, 1094mg sodium, 49g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 2g fiber), 24g protein.
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  • Susan
    Dec 14, 2020

    So I didn't want to rate them because I messed up but wanted to give a warning. I didn't see them small 6 oz biscuits and bought 2 Grands biscuits. It was way to biscuity (I could only fit in half the meat). I've never used instant potatoes before but they were good. I used ketchup instead of chili sauce. I wanted to see which was better so I did half chips/half cheese. Everybody agreed the cheese tasted better. I loved the flavors and will make them again but I will use the right biscuits or might try with crescent rolls as somebody else suggested. Again, don't get Grands but when you cut away the outside so it's thinner the flavors were great!

  • kcrenee
    Jun 26, 2013

    No comment left

  • lalg
    Mar 22, 2012

    These were really fun to make, I had the help of my 10 yr old son. He loved putting them together and loved eating them!

  • DonnaNJ
    Dec 27, 2011

    These were a hit of the party! Well worth the time to make and they reheated beautifully if you want to make them beforehand. Wonderful!

  • scrapo
    Oct 25, 2011

    Worth the time to make these! I doubled the recipe so I could freeze some for fast lunch or dinner. I used someone else' tip and made the biscuits from Bisquick and topped w/ a tiny bit of cheddar and instead of chips did ritz crackers. Very good! Even my 2 year old ate it! A winner!

  • missashleynoelle118
    Oct 18, 2011

    This was good, but if you want it to be great, here's what you do:use the ketchup, not the chili sauceadd frozen mixed veggies to the beef mixture AND about 1/3 cup of heavy cream (you will be happy you did, trust me)I also agree with the shredded cheddar on top instead of potato chips.I used leftover mashed potatoes (real) with butter, cream, salt and pepper added. My son even ate the green beans and commented that they actually tasted good. Success.

  • SarahJune
    Oct 11, 2011

    These were a hit! I did sub the biscuits for crescents and used cheesey instant mashed. Will make these again

  • MaryFaith528
    Feb 20, 2011

    We love these! I used already made mashed potatoes and put cheese on top. New favorite recipe!

  • daisey5
    Apr 23, 2010

    These were wonderful. I made a few changes though. Instead of the beef I used groung turkey. I did not add the salt as the sodium was to high. I used the chili sauce and reduced fat cream cheese and instead of the potato chips I used reduced fat cheddar cheese. They were very easy to make and very good.

  • Suelon
    Mar 15, 2010

    I just made these this weekend for church party; went over well. I think they are better if baked and served right away; reheating did dry them out somewhat. I used shredded cheese on top instead of potato chips. They were gone in minutes/very easy to make.