Costco Kirkland Signature Shepherd’s Pie Review & Nutritional Information

Costco’s version of shepherd’s pie is a little bland; definitely not my favorite pre-made meal from them!

The Kirkland Signature Shepherd's Pie.

Today I’m reviewing the Costco Kirkland Signature Shepherd’s Pie.

The pre-made meals from Costco are amazing for a quick and convenient dinner/meal. I’ve reviewed quite a few of them, but my current favorites are the Costco Kirkland Signature Chicken Pot Pie and the Costco Gyro Pita Greek Style Meal.

Location in Store

The Kirkland Signature Shepherd’s Pie can be found in the pre-made meal/deli section at Costco and the item number is 11683.

Side view of the Kirkland Signature Shepherd's Pie after cooking it and removing a piece from the tray.
It’s hard to cut a nice, clean piece!

Taste

I love homemade shepherd’s pie that I’ve had in the past. The idea of meat, potatoes and vegetables being mixed together to form one convenient casserole is appealing to me. What I wasn’t sure about in Costco’s version was the cheese on top of the shepherd’s pie. I’ve never had cheese on my shepherd’s pie before.

Top down view of the Kirkland Signature Shepherd's Pie after cooking it and removing a piece from the tray.

I gotta say, I didn’t love this. The cheese on the top didn’t really add much flavor and was just kind of weird tasting. The potatoes were creamy, tasty enough, but not really flavorful. The meat has a bit of gravy that I didn’t love and found really bland and there’s only a small amount of peas and corn mixed into the shepherd’s pie. It wasn’t awful… it was just underwhelming.

Close-up of a piece of the shepherd's pie.

Nothing about the Costco Kirkland Signature Shepherd’s Pie made me want to have any more than a few bites. It didn’t taste at all like homemade shepherd’s pie, which I expected, but also didn’t taste as good of quality as Costco usually has in their pre-made meals.

Cost

The price is dependent on the weight of the shepherd’s pie. I paid $20.33 Canadian, which seems overpriced to me after tasting it.

Convenience

The best before date says the Costco Shepherd’s Pie is good for five days from the date this was packaged. It’s really easy to heat up, you just pop it in the oven at 320 degrees Fahrenheit for 35 to 40 minutes. The Costco Kirkland Signature Shepherd’s Pie could easily feed six people or a family of four with leftovers.

Cooking instructions for the Kirkland Signature Shepherd's Pie.

Nutrition

I feel like Costco’s Shepherd’s Pie has way too many ingredients. 1/8th of the tray is 310 calories, 16 grams of fat, 490 mg of sodium, 24 grams of carbohydrates, three grams of fibre, three grams of sugar and 18 grams of protein. I’m pretty sure most adults would eat about 1/6th of the tray!

The ingredients list for the Kirkland Signature Shepherd's Pie.

I didn’t love the Kirkland Signature Shepherd’s Pie and wouldn’t buy it again. I was hoping for a convenient comfort meal, but just found it lacked flavor.

Scoring

Taste: 6/10

Cost: 7/10

Convenience: 10/10

Nutrition: 4/10

Overall

Walk on by!

Costco carries other pre-made meals that are way better in my opinion!


What’s your favorite pre-made meal to buy from Costco?


Please note that this review was not paid for or sponsored by any third party. This product was purchased by Costcuisine for the purpose of producing this review. The opinions in this review are strictly those of Costcuisine. Costcuisine is not affiliated with Costco or any of its suppliers. In the event that Costcuisine receives compensation for a post from the manufacturer of a product or some other third party, the arrangement will be clearly disclosed (including where the manufacturer of a product provides Costcuisine with a free sample of the product).

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6 thoughts on “Costco Kirkland Signature Shepherd’s Pie Review & Nutritional Information”

  1. Thanks for taking another hit for the team. I’ve always wondered about this dish and suspected it tasted about what you described. Wondering if the mashed potatoes are just the bagged stuff add water or real potatoes? I found their dishes are pretty hit and miss, with the best probably being the manicotti. I have a theory the reason their best before dates are so short (often half of other stores) is so they have time to repurpose the meat for dishes like this.

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  2. We used to buy this occasionally & really enjoyed it…. found it quite flavourful. A year or so ago we were tremendously disappointed in the product & thought we had a bad batch…. found it totally flavourless. I spoke to someone in the food prep area who reluctantly admitted they had been directed to change the recipe to substantially reduce salt content. We will not buy again.

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  3. I would agree with another comment that the recipe has changed. I am in favour of a lower sodium content, but the product has become lackluster and not worth the price. There are other pre-prepared dishes at the Warehouse that are better. Sad to see a great Shepherd’s Pie go so wrong.

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  4. I bought this product a couple times and found it not bad but had to make package gravy to put on it (a bit dry) . Not a lot of flavour very bland . I did like it but the last two times I have made it I have a real upset stomach to the point where I was vomiting . Don’t understand but I will not buy it again.

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  5. I dissagree. We had this for the first time tonight, and while it is not made by me, and I was surprised about having cheese on top, we both(hubby and I) liked very much! Did not taste the cheese really, but it did give it a nice crust!! Will buy it again!!

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