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Wooden spoon with a scoop of tater tot shepherds pie and a white casserole dish with tater tots in the background.

Tot Topped Shepherd's Pie

Tater Tots make for a super easy topping on this cozy dish.
Course Dinner


  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 3 large carrots, cut into ¼" slices
  • ½ medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 package frozen tater tots


  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • In a large skillet, over medium heat, brown ground beef. Drain any excess grease.
  • Add carrots to beef and cook 2-3 minutes.
  • Add onion and cook an additional 2-3 minutes.
  • Stir in garlic, thyme, salt and pepper.
  • Sprinkle flour over mixture and stir until evenly coated.
  • Add peas, beef stock, and tomato paste. Stir until paste is evenly distributed.
  • Transfer mixture into a greased 8x8 pan. Place tater tots on top of mixture in straight rows then bake for 25-30 minutes or until tots are golden. Serve warm.


Number of servings varies slightly based on who is eating. My family of three (two adults and one young child) managed to get two servings each. If feeding four adults, I would estimate four servings.
Keyword Casserole, Hot Dish, Shepherd's Pie, Tater Tots, Tot Topped Shepherd's Pie