Meat Pie

Meat Pie is a pie with a filling of meat and often other savory ingredients. Nigerian “meat pie” is similar to the Jamaican beef patty, it can be baked or fried and the filling can be almost anything from corned beef to onions and tomatoes.

I enjoy eating mine while hot with a soft drink or chilled Juice. Do you want to learn how to make a perfect meat pie? this recipe is for you

What Is Meat Pie Made Of?

Meat pie is light and slightly flaky and it’s made with well seasoned Ground Beef (minced Beef), potatoes, and carrots. They are a comfort to the soul and a delight to the palate. They can be eaten as breakfast, brunch, or as a snack.

They are very popular in West Africa and Nigeria. If you haven’t tasted the Nigerian meat pie you must try this recipe ASAP, they are the ultimate comfort food!

Why Is My Meat Pie Hard?

There could be so many reasons why it came out dry.

 -It could be that you did not make use of enough margarine as stated in the recipe. The amount of margarine used should be equivalent in ratio to that of plain flour you are using(that is 2:1).

-If you use 500 grams of plain flour, your margarine should be 250 grams.

-If you use less, like 250 grams of plain flour, your margarine should be 125 grams and the same goes for higher quantities too.

– If you make use of 1000 grams(1kg) of plain flour, then your margarine should be 500 grams.

Another common cause of a hard Meat Pie is heat. While making, it is advisable to put the oven temperature between 170ºC to 200 ºC(335F to 400F)

And also check it from time time. This is because the heating capacity of various ovens differ and by checking it you would know when the meat pies begin to harden and brown.

Make sure you take them out of the oven the moment it is ready and leave to cool outside not in the oven.

How To Thicken Meat Pie Filling

If you’ve ever made a meat pie sauce you know that one of the challenges is to get that right consistency. You don’t want it to be too runny, nor too thick.
One of the most common tricks you might have used in such a case is to add a little bit of flour or corn starch. A spoonful can already do wonders here.

What Is The Best Temperature For Baking Pie?

I always recommend oven temperature between 170ºC to 200 ºC(335F to 400F), but note that the heating capacity of various ovens differ, so check your meat pies from time to time.

Tips To Make The Best Meat Pie

  • Sometimes I add a tablespoon of sugar to the dough to give it a hint of sweetness. This gives it a nice variation in taste.
  • Use milk in place of water if you would like a richer dough.
  • I usually brush the top of my pies with egg again half way through baking. This makes them extra glossy.

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Nigerian Meat Pie

Meat Pie

9badee7919e1bc8f9cbce52037381355?s=30&r=gBeatrice Ige
Meat Pie is a pie with a filling of meat and often other savory ingredients.Nigerian "meat pie" is similar to the Jamaican beef patty.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine Nigerian
Calories 157 kcal


For stuffing

  • vegetable oil
  • pepper
  • salt
  • flour
  • ground beef
  • bouillon cube
  • thyme
  • onion
  • potatoes
  • carrots

For dough

  • butter
  • salt
  • water
  • egg
  • baking powder
  • flour


For stuffing

  • Place a large saucepan on medium heat, add the vegetable oil, onions, ground beef stir until the ground beef starts to turn brown.
  • Add the potatoes and carrots and cook for some minutes.
  • Taste to make sure it is well spiced, add a little bit more of spices as needed. In a small bowl add your flour and mix in a little bit of water to form a thick paste. Add the paste and stir for some minutes. The stuffing should be thick and tasty.

For dough

  • Grease the oven tray with butter and set aside.
  • Beat the egg and set aside too
  • Put the flour, baking powder, salt and butter in a bowl, use your hands to mix the ingredients until they start to feel like bread crumbs
  • Slowly begin to add some cold water and mix until you get a stiff dough (knead the dough)
  • Roll the dough on a flat surface and using a round object or a knife, cut a round circle. Place the filling at the middle of the dough and rub the egg lightly around the edges, close it up using a fork or better still you use meat pie cutter to press it down.
  • Glaze the top of the pie with the egg gently.
  • Place the pie on the greased oven tray and place in a preheated oven to bake for 30 minute. The pie will be golden brown when done.
Keyword Meat Pie, Nigerian Meat Pie
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Beatrice Ige
My name is Beatrice Ige, A food blogger/Writer/Chef, Also graduated with a diploma in Computer Engineering from Aptech Institute, I have been a passionate food lover since my childhood days, it's a pleasure taking you on a journey with my recipes and articles.

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