Keto Shepherd’s Pie (Crock Pot)

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This easy keto shepherd’s pie recipe is a family favorite during the cold winter months when slow-cooker comfort food is in high demand. It’s a hearty mix of beef and herbs topped with low-carb cauliflower mash and a generous amount of melted cheese.

Easy keto shepherd’s pie

Slow Cooker Comfort Food for Dinner

I make this keto recipe for shepherd’s pie in a crockpot because I absolutely love easy crockpot meal prep. It doesn’t get any easier than dumping all the ingredients in the bowl, turning it one, and waiting until dinnertime.

You might also know this recipe as keto cottage pie, which according to Jaime Oliver (1) is the more technical term. The difference between a shepherd’s pie and a cottage pie pertains to the type of meat in the recipe. He says shepherd’s pie contains lamb, while cottage pie has beef.

I grew up with the term “shepherd’s pie” referring to a beef dish, so that’s what I know best. Until recently, I never though about making it with lamb. That sounds pretty good, though, doesn’t it?

If you like how this sounds, substitute the beef in favor of lamb shoulder or neck chops. These are tougher cuts (which is code for budget-friendly) and might seem hard to work with, but they are some of the best for slow cooking. (2) Trimmed and cubed lamb stew or kabob meat will also work. The latter will minimize your prep time too, since it’s already cut for you.

Keto shepherd’s pie with cauliflower

How to Make Keto Shepherd’s Pie with Cauliflower Mash

Gather all the low-carb ingredients, and you’ll be off to a great start for making a keto cauliflower shepherd’s pie in less than 20 minutes!

Keto slow cooker recipes are some of the best for meal prep! This one doesn’t disappoint.

Keto shepherd’s pie crock pot

Ingredients

Chuck roast – A favorite for slow-cooking because it’s cheap and softens nicely after cooking long and slow. (3) I suggest grass-fed chuck roast from White Oak Pastures.

Carrots – Not only do they add a welcome splash of color, but some sweetness comes too. Don’t worry though, we don’t add enough to kick you out of ketosis.

Onion and garlic – Need I say more? How can we not add these flavorful ingredients? They are a classic component of many savory dishes.

Bone broth – I prefer a homemade beef bone broth and almost always have it in my freezer. However, Kettle and Fire makes an organic shelf-stable broth you can store in your pantry. You can read my Kettle and Fire Bone Broth Review and learn why they are my top choice.

Tomato paste – This mixes in the broth which thickens, sweetens and gives more depth of flavor to the cooking liquid.

Italian seasoning – Here we have basil, thyme, oregano, and other herbs mixed in an Italian seasoning blend. It’s super yummy with meat and tomato paste! Enhance the recipe further with salt and pepper.

Cauliflower mash – Using a low-carb alternative to mashed potatoes is an important modification for this keto cauliflower shepherd’s pie. Instead of potatoes, we use cauliflower.

Cheddar cheese – Get generous with your cheese! The more, the merrier, particularly when it comes to pleasing the whole family. Substitute with other types of shredded cheese if you need to. Any choice of meltable cheese will be a good choice.

Low carb shepherd’s pie

Directions

Follow along with step-by-step directions, and you’ll make this keto slow cooker dinner perfectly the first time you try!

shepherd’s pie with cauliflower mash
  1. Arrange the beef cubes in the crockpot of the slow cooker. Cover with carrots, onion, and garlic.
  2. Whisk broth and tomato paste in a bowl. Then, pour the sauce over the meat.
  3. Sprinkle Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper evenly over all ingredients.
  4. Cover the pot with a lid and turn it on. Cook on LOW for 6-8 hours or HIGH for 3-4 hours.
  5. Spread the cauliflower mash in a single even layer over the top of beef and vegetables. Toss shredded cheese on top of the cauliflower and spread evenly.
  6. Cover with the lid again. Continue cooking on HIGH for 30 minutes, until cheese melts completely.

Serve warm and store leftovers in the fridge for 3-5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Yum!

Shepherd’s pie keto

Keto Shepard’s Pie FAQ

Is shepherd’s pie keto?

Traditional shepherd’s pie contains potatoes, flour, and peas, whether cooked in the slow cooker or stovetop. Unfortunately, these ingredients make the recipe far from being a keto-friendly option. Tally the numbers up, and you’ll find each serving might have 40 or more grams of carbs.

How many carbs are in Shepherd’s pie?

Once we replace high-carb ingredients with low-carb alternatives, our keto diet shepherd’s pie is all the more realistic! In this recipe, there is only 8 grams net carb per serving.

Are peas keto?

With 12 grams net carbs per cup, peas are slightly higher than your ideal keto food. A few here and there might not be too problematic, but overall, it’s better to avoid them when possible.

(3, 4)

cheesy cauliflower shepherd's pie

More Keto Slow Cooker Recipes

You’ll love browsing 15 Keto Crockpot Meals in addition to the specific recipes below.

And, no crockpot meal is complete without these Keto Dinner Rolls from Cassidy’s Craveable Creations.

cheesy cauliflower shepherd's pie
Keto shepherd’s pie with cauliflower

Keto Shepherd’s Pie (Crock Pot)

Jessica Haggard
This easy keto shepherd’s pie recipe is a family favorite during the cold winter months when slow-cooker comfort food is in high demand. It’s a hearty mix of beef and herbs topped with low-carb cauliflower mash and a generous amount of melted cheese.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 6 hrs 30 mins
Total Time 6 hrs 50 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 463 kcal

Equipment

  • Slow Cooker

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Arrange the beef cubes in the crockpot of the slow cooker. Cover with carrots, onion, and garlic.
  • Whisk broth and tomato paste in a bowl. Then, pour the sauce over the meat. 
  • Sprinkle Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper evenly over all ingredients.
  • Cover the pot with a lid and turn it on. Cook on LOW for 6-8 hours or HIGH for 3-4 hours.
  • Spread the cauliflower mash in a single even layer over the top of beef and vegetables. Toss shredded cheese on top of the cauliflower and spread evenly.
  • Cover with the lid again. Continue cooking on HIGH for 30 minutes, until cheese melts completely.

Notes

Need direction for the cauliflower mash? View the Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes recipe.

Nutrition & Macros

Calories: 463kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 39gFat: 30gSaturated Fat: 12gSodium: 502mgFiber: 5gNet Carbohydrates: 9g

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