An entree and a side dish all in one pan, this Country Meat, and Mashed Potatoes Casserole will disappear before your eyes! With the juiciest and most flavorful meat on the bottom and a thick layer of skin-on mashed potatoes on top, you may want to double this recipe.

juicy meatloaf on the bottom and mashed potatoes on top!

Country Meat and Mashed Potatoes

One of my favorite parts about this recipe is the skin-on mashed potatoes. This is how mom and her mother before her made them and it brings up such great memories! You can peel your potatoes of course. The recipe will remain the same when the potatoes are peeled.  Get the recipe for Country Mashed Potatoes here.

SO yummy!


Meatloaf has always been a favorite around this household.  We like to make it a few different ways, my magic meatloaf recipe is also a family favorite.  When you think of meatloaf, you should also be thinking about mashed potatoes.  It is a rule.  So, the pairing of these two dishes was a no-brainer!  Our kids love cheese so sometimes we will shake this recipe up and bit and throw piles of shredded cheddar cheese and bacon on top.  Kind of like a loaded baked potato.  Serve it up with some sour cream and, in my case, some ketchup.  I personally don’t agree with the ketchup combo but I have been overruled in that department.

Grandma made it perfect!

Country Mashed Potatoes

So, the mashed potato recipe I used is the ONLY mashed potatoes recipe that is allowed in my house.  You can use whatever makes the most sense.  People get really defensive when you say that your mashed potato recipe is the best.  But it is.  Just saying.  I have seen some people use a cheesy mashed potato or sour cream and chive mashed potato recipe.  I won’t fight you on it.  Mashed potatoes can be amazing any way you like them, just don’t use the box stuff or we will have to have words.

There are never left overs!

How to make Country Meat and Mashed Potatoes

This recipe whips up rather quickly.  Once you have the potatoes done, everything moves pretty quick.  You basically throw everything into a skillet until the ground beef is no longer pink.  Then you spread it out into your baking dish, making an even layer.  Top with the mashed potatoes and pop it into the oven for about 30-40 minutes.   Feel free to leave out the corn.  I know some people are not a fan of that.

I highly recommend trying to Skins On Mashed Potatoes, even if you don’t make the entire casserole. They are simply AMAZING and your opinion of mashed potatoes will forever be changed! But be sure to try this Country Meat and Mashed Potatoes Casserole, sooner than later! 🙂

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Country Meat and Mashed Potatoes

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Juicy and flavorful meatloaf on the bottom and a thick layer of skin-on mashed potatoes on top, you may want to double this recipe!


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 can corn, drained
  • cup ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Country Mashed Potatoes link in post


  • Preheat oven to 350°F and spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  • In a skillet over medium heat, brown onions and garlic until aromatic and translucent. Add beef and brown. Drain juices.
  • Add corn, ketchup, salt, and pepper and stir well.
  • Put the meat into the prepared baking pan and press down to spread out and form an even layer.
  • Carefully spread Country Mashed Potatoes over the meat and smooth out.
  • Bake uncovered for about 30 minutes.


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  1. Wish you had a Pinterest button… note: the taste will NOT be the same if you substitute tomato soup for the ketchup!!!

  2. My sister made this recipe on Sunday. First, the potatoes only need 10 minutes to cook. Also, way too much potatoes and not enough meat. Next time, I will only use 3 lbs. of potatoes. Instead of using the 1 teaspoon of salt, she used two chicken boullion cubes and two beef boullion cubes (comes out to a little less than 1 teaspoon of salt when using boullion). It was delicious.

  3. I like to add mixed veggie in the meat then in casserole dish then pot tomato soup on top then the potatoes

  4. I made this using cauliflower as mashed potatoes and substituted broccoli instead of corn and used sugar free ketchup. OH MY GOSH. DELISH

    My kids had no clue!

  5. Planning on making this for Mother’s Day supper for the extended family tomorrow, sounds like it’ll be a big hit, I’m hoping there will be enough! ???? lol

  6. My kids love shepherds pie but I’ve always felt it was boring. I’m going to make this recipe tomorrow with the red potatoes, I think it’s exactly what it’s been missing.

  7. i make this in my crock, add mushrooms too, use cream of mushroom soup instead of tomato soup or ketchup, winner

  8. I help run a free meal at church each Wednesday. This we will have to try. I am always looking for recipes. Thank you.

  9. Happy to see all the comments with substitution suggestions! My hubby is medically restricted with regard to corn, so Im ALWAYS having to sub something for corn in recipes. Some times this works fine; others…not so much!!! Also LOVE the sprinkle of cheese on top idea!!!

  10. I made the green bean version for my family for years & they always ate every bit.

  11. Simple & simply yummy .. alternatively can add chopped tomatoes with sliced mushrooms and a little chillie wth pasta sauce, milk & sliced cheese to the meat …

  12. My children loved this when I made it for dinner but mind was a little different. I used hamburger, tomatoe soup,green beans and instant potatoes on top then covered with shredded cheese and bake for 35 minutes.
    My children nicknamed it Goop .

    1. I too will use instant potato flakes. I put cream cheese butter & sour cream in mine. Retired restaurant. Owner. Made them in restaurant. Customers thought they were fresh potatoes. Will also dudtutmushrooms for corn after I sautéed them in butter (small ????Small white ones. Look forward to this Sheperds Pie

      1. Sorry folk, at the risk of sounding picky here, I have to correct Patty……please, please….do not refer to ground beef as a “Shepherd’s Pie”….shepherd’s pie is made from ground/minced pre-cooked roasted lamb….that is actually minced together with carrot and onion, which allows the juice of the meat and vegetables to meld perfectly…..then you add peas and another very key ingredient….”Worcestershire sauce” to the mixture. This combination has a very specific flavour…and is then topped with mashed potato and slathered in butter on top to melt, and brown off in order to acquire a crispy/crunchy top to the potato while it is cooking in the oven. The Ground/Minced beef pie version is known as a “Cottage Pie”….and yes, you can add all sorts of vegetables and flavours to the meat in that one, whereas, Shepherd’s Pie you can’t!!

      2. Ironically enough, It wasn’t me that wrote the first comment ( Shepards Pie), however when I read this that’s what I call it. I realize it’s ” cottage pie” but I’m not that picky. I don’t care for lamb, so I’ll always use Hamburg. Sorry if I ruined your day.( I NEVER use instant mashed potatoes for anything. EVER !! )

      3. All Sheperds Pie recipes I’ve seen online start with raw ground beef. Some of don’t know any better until we’re told otherwise. Thanks foe the info.

      4. I’m in the process of making it right now
        I’m doing everything to the direction I’m just adding cheese on top

      5. If you are from New England it’s known as Shepherds pie. Recipes differ according to regions but that’s the name given to this dish for well over 60 years.

      6. But if you’re from England, which is where it originated, it’s got lamb in it and that is the true Shepherd’s Pie. If it’s beef it’s a cottage pie.

      7. I do agree Michelle, Shepard’s pie in made with ground beef in New England.
        It may have changed in some regions, but not in New England.

        People should not be so picky, after all if you enjoy it made with lamb
        Than do not request it by that name in New England. Lol

      8. Exactly…. in America this is called Shepard’s pie. Don’t be offended… it’s kinda like pizza in Italy isn’t at all like pizza in the USA but we still call it pizza

      9. I’m sorry but u can make shepherd’s pie with ground beef and add what veggies u want
        I used to have my granny’s recipe from her mom

      10. My Grandma gave me my great grandma recipe for shepherd pie she would use a meat grinder in hers to make her ground beef and that’s what she called it in the recipe Shepperd’s pie! and every state has a different name for casserole’s

      11. Sorry, Marlene, but that really depends on where you’re from. Traditional Irish shepherd’s pie is made with ground lamb, but it can be made with any ground meat. Many traditional recipes call for a mixture. So lighten up. It’s okay she called it shepherd’s pie. Just because it’s not what YOU traditionally think of doesn’t mean it’s wrong.

      12. Sorry to add my tuppence to this 😉 but the reason it’s called shepherds pie in the UK is because the shepherds looked after the sheep, hence shepherds pie 😊

      1. yes the recipe is in the Better Homes an Gardens Cook Book. It’s very good. I would recommend making it a double recipe if you’re serving more than 1 though. Not enough for 2 full size servings.

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