Vegan Chickpea Shepherd’s Pie

vegan chickpea shepherd's pie

This Chickpea Vegan Shepherd’s Pie recipe is from Earth of Maria.

It’s oil-free and made with whole plant foods, including plenty of vegetables! There’s no need to go back to craving a traditional version when you can have a shepherd’s pie as tasty as this one.

The chickpeas add a unique texture and “crunch”, diverging from the typical lentil-based vegan shepherd’s pie recipes. And they’re certainly a welcome addition.

The liquid from the filling works as a nice gravy for the potatoes. Although the mashed potatoes are moist on the their own, courtesy of the plant-based milk.

This dish sure makes for great healthy vegan “comfort” food. So don’t feel bad as you tuck into seconds, or maybe even thirds, especially since no one was harmed in the making of this pie either. Which is the best comfort there is.

The ingredient list may be long, but it really doesn’t take all that long to prepare. So don’t be overwhelmed.


  • potatoes
  • plant-based milk (almond goes quite well, just make sure to use an unflavoured variety or make your own)
  • nutritional yeast (there’s only one ingredient in Dr. Fuhrman’s brand, so you know just what you’re getting)
  • garlic
  • chickpeas
  • onion
  • mushrooms
  • celery
  • carrots
  • zucchini
  • tomato puree
  • vegetable broth
  • tamari*
  • apple cider vinegar
  • corn starch
  • herbs & spices: garlic powder, dried basil, cumin, paprika, black pepper, salt (optional)


*So long as you use a gluten-free tamari, this recipe can be gluten-free too.

Use your own (salt-free) homemade vegetable broth to keep the sodium content low as well as oil-free. A low sodium tamari or soy sauce is also a good option to go with if you can.

For the potatoes, russets are pretty standard, but any variety of potato will really do. Yellow potatoes will likely give a creamier texture, with Yukon Golds adding a bit sweetness too.

Or you could always give sweet potato a go. Orange makes for nice, fluffy mashed sweet potato while white will be thicker and add even more sweetness.

It would certainly change the flavour of the dish a bit. But sweet potatoes do go well with chickpeas (and veggies), and there’s nothing wrong with choosing the right root vegetable to suit your mood!

Find the full recipe for this vegan chickpea shepherd’s pie on Earth of Maria.

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