Beef Tips Shepherd's Pie Recipe for St. Patrick's Day Dinner

Shepherd's Pie is a traditional Irish comfort food of hearty meat and potatoes. 

Some of you may be Irish Catholics and have noticed that this year, St. Patrick's Day is on a Friday during Lent. Check with the Bishop of your local diocese to see if there has been a dispensation allowing you to eat This flavorful meat and potato dish that day.

Shepherd's Pie for St. Patrick's Day

Beef Tips Shepherd's Pie Recipe

Prep Time: 5 Minutes, Cook Time: 1hour 30 minutes.

Serves 4


Beef Tips
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • pounds beef tips cut into about 1inch pieces (you can also use stew beef)
  • medium onion – diced
  • tablespoon garlic – minced, about 3 cloves
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste (I use the concentrated version in a tube)
  • 3 cups beef stock (bone broth can be used)
  • 1 cup red wine (stock or water can be substituted)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
Mashed Potatoes
  • 3 pounds red potatoes – scrubbed clean
  • cup chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ cup half & half
  • ¾ tablespoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder


Beef Tips

  • Heat olive oil and butter in a dutch oven. Add beef tips and brown, working in 2 batches. Remove from pan and set aside.
  • Add onions to the pan with beef dripping and cook about 2 to 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute being careful not to burn. Add flour and stir to incorporate. Cook for 1 minute then add tomato paste stirring all ingredients together. Pour in stock, red wine, Worcestershire, salt and pepper. Stir. Cover pot, leaving a vent and simmer beef for approximately 1 and ½ hour until sauce has thickened. If sauce becomes too thick, add water, about ¼ cup at a time.

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

  • Cut potatoes into large chunks. Add the potatoes to the pot and pour the chicken broth over the top.
  • Place the lid on the Instant Pot and set to high pressure for 8 minutes. Quick release the pressure and drain the potatoes, reserving cooking liquid. Place the potatoes back in Instant Pot bowl and mash with a potato masher. Add butter, half and half, and salt and pepper, garlic powder and stir to combine.
  • If you do not have an Instant Pot, just put the cut potatoes in a pot with 1/2 water, 1/2 chicken broth to cover the potatoes. Bring to a boil and cook until tender. Drain the water and place potatoes back in the pot. Add the remaining ingredients and mash with a potato masher or electric mixer.
  • Get in the spirit of St. Patrick's Day and add green food coloring to the mashed potatoes!

Shephard’s Pie

  • Heat oven to 375 degrees. Put cooked beef tips along with sauce in a deep dish pie pan. Spoon mashed potatoes over the beef and smooth to cover. Bake for 45 minutes until top is golden. 
  • Serve with your favorite green sides and dessert for St. Patrick's Day!
 Thanks to A Southern Soul for this Recipe and Photo and to Rada Cutlery for the American Made Utensils used to make this recipe easy. 
 Happy St. Patrick's Day

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