Nigerian Meat pie is one of Nigeria’s popular snack and it’s loved by all. The buttery shortcrust pastry is filled with mincemeat cooked in rich flavour. It is delicious and you won't be able to stop at one. Do you want to learn how to make a perfect meat pie? this recipe is for you
Growing up, I always look forward to when my mum would make Meat pie or when my dad would buy for us for being good. Especially from one of the popular confectioneries (Mr Biggs or Sweet Sensations). It is not just a Nigerian thing, it is also popular in other parts of Africa. Nigerian meat pie if well done should be juicy, the shortcrust pastry will be buttery, flaky and should also melt in the mouth. If you've ever had Mr Biggs meat pie then you would understand my gist.
The Meat pie filling (beef mince filling) has to be perfect as well as the shortcrust pastry otherwise it would be dry and chewy. Making shortcrust pastry can be tricky but with a lot of practice and patience, you would master it and know what works for you. I don't add eggs to my pastry as it is not necessary. It is easy to make buttery shortcrust pastry without eggs.
I shared in my fish pie post on how to make a foolproof buttery shortcrust pastry and the most important tip to remember when making it, is not to overwork the dough. This Homemade meat pie is easy to make and you can make it to the size you want. Alternatively, if you are feeling adventurous, make the pie in a deep dish or individually in a ramekin.
Here is an easy step by step guide to making the best Nigerian meat pie ever.
Ingredients for meat pie
500g mincemeat or ground beef (18-20%fat)
700g plain flour, extra for dusting and thickening
380g unsalted butter
1 large egg
Salt to taste
Seasoning (I used Knorr)
1teaspoon curry powder
2 medium-size potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 small onion, chopped
1 big carrot, cleaned and cubed
2tbsp vegetable oil
Metric Conversion tips
A standard cup of flour is 128g while a cup of butter is about 225g
500g ground meat is about 1.1lb
When baking, I always recommend using a kitchen instead of cup measurements. Kitchen scale measurement is the same everywhere but cups are not the same. they differ from country to country.
Nigerian Meat Pie
- 500 g Mince meat or ground beef (18-20%fat)
- 700 g Plain flour, extra for dusting and thickening
- 380 g unsalted butter
- 1 large egg for egg wash
- water 4 to 8 tbsp (100 ml)
- 1 beef bullion cube (I used knorr stock cube use any of choice)
- 1 teaspoon curry powder
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 small onion chopped (about ⅓ cup)
- 2 medium potatoes peeled and cubed (about 1 cup)
- 1 big carrot cleaned and cubed (about ½ cup)
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 tsp sugar optional
- salt to taste (use ½ tsp for the pastry)
- To make the doughIn a shallow mixing bowl, add flour, salt, sugar (if using) and butterRub together till all turn to crumbsAdd 100 ml of water and mix till all is combined. If the dough still needs water add a tablespoon of water at a time till you get well combined dough like in pix5Set dough aside in a cool place or a fridge for 30 minutes then you move on to preparing the meaty filling.Yes! Making the dough is that easy but remember, DO NOT overwork it when handling.
- To make the yummy pie fillingPlace a pan on medium heat and add oil, heat for 2 minutes, add chopped onions and fry till onion is translucent. Add mince to the onion and stir mince till its brown then add curry powder, thyme, stock cube, a pinch of salt and stir till all combine. Reduce the heat if need be to avoid burning.The fat from the mince should make the sauce juicy but if it looks dry, add a cooking spoon (100ml) of water to it. (decant oil if it is too much)Add boiled potatoes and carrots, combine well and cook on a low heat for another 3-5 minutes.The mince should be well cooked now. Now you move on to thickening the mince.Add 2tbsp of flour to a bowl and mix with water to form a paste. Add the paste to the mince meat on the heat and combine well. Leave to cook for another minute. Take off the heat and allow to cool.
- Rolling the dough and making the meat pie
Preheat oven at 180C/350FBreak the egg into a bowl, whisk and set asideSprinkle a bit of flour on a plain, clean surface/worktopDivide dough into 2 or 3 places and roll out flat using a rolling pinPlace a circle cutter on the flat dough and cut out into many circles you can get. use a makeshift if you don’t have a cutter. Repeat this process with the rest of the doughAdd the meat filling to the centre of the circled dough, brush one half of the circle with whisked egg and carefully fold over the meat filling making sure the 2 edges touch one another. The aim of the egg is to seal the dough.Close edges by pressing down with the tip of a fork as seen in picture (See step by step picture guide below)Repeat this process for the remaining dough and filling. Place a foil in a baking tray and rub with oil this stops the pie from sticking to the tray when done. Alternatively use a parchment paper.After you have completely filled the pastry, set on a baking tray, egg wash the top and pinch with a forkPlace in the oven and bake for 20-30 minutes at 180C⁰/350F.
- You can also use salted butter for this recipe. If you would be using it, please omit salt from making the shortcrust pastry.
- You can add a bit of water to the mince filling if it looks too thick or dry.
- Allow the meat pie filling to cool down completely before adding to pie dough.
- Use kitchen scale to measure the pastry ingredients instead of cups. (1 cup of all purpose flour is 128g and a cup of butter is 225g while 500g ground meat is 1.1lb)
How to make shortcrust pastry (pie pastry)
Alternatively, make the shortcrust pastry in a food processor. It would only take you about 5 minutes tops
How to make beef mince pie filling
How to roll shortcrust pastry (Mr biggs meat pie recipe)
Serve meat pie warm or cold with a chilled drink of choice. Why not try pairing these beauties with chilled zobo drink or mango lemonade
Thank you for reading. Kindly leave me feedback when you make this recipe or any of my other recipes. Please pin me to Pinterest and share your creation with me on Instagram. See you on my next post x
I made a lot of meat pies with the recipe today and they all tasted great. Thank you.
Margret Ekundayo says
Thanks so much,this was really helpful can't wait to try it. But please how many days does it last before it goes bad?
Thank you, Margret. Meat pies will stay fresh in the fridge for up 3-4 days, it can also be frozen for up to 3 months in a Ziploc bag.
Maryam abdullahi says
Í liked the recipe it was super duper amazing
Thanks for the recipe but I want to ask you if I have many orders like 300pieces how can I meet up b4 11o'clock.in the morning.
You will have to work all night, and you can make it the day before provided you have a working fridge, and your client doesn't mind it cold.
This crust is amazing !! First attempt and it was a hit !! I would say I’m getting good at it thanks so much .
I found a Vegan pie crust using whole wheat pastry flour and coconut oil ( solid state ) ,I used it for my meat pies and turned out very well .
Absolutely love this recipe! Third time I've made it. Thank you!
Ajayi Yemi says
Thanks for this great job.
Eniola Mercy says
Wow thanks alot everything worked out well
can i also use microwave instead of oven
Do you mean microwave oven?
Gift gheare says
It's good nd simple 2 learn with ur guild line.tnxz alot!
Sunday Benita says
I tried mine today but the top was not brownish or burnt....why did I miss anything..?
Maybe the oven was too hot
I love your recipe think you
Everything worked out well but with the help of other recipes because i think if you wish for us to only leave the potatoes for 5 mins then after we chop the potatoes it'll be worth telling us to boil before we get to the putting it in the mix part to reduce risk of burning or cooling down and seasonings not mixing well together
Another thing, i think the salt proportion and seasonings is to small for the cooking amount. I did everything to the T with scales and cups and spoons but the filling personally to me tasted a bit bland
Salome Adamma Okoye says
I made my first meat pie today with your recipe and it came out great!!!
Thanks so much, it was so yummy 💕
I will certainly have to try this. Thanks for sharing!
Uchendu Ugochukwu Camillus says
hmmm! it looks tasty i might have a bite right now.
I just wanted to tell you I followed your recipe to the last letter and I made a perfect Nigerian Meat Pie at my first attempt. I used double of everything in the recipe and turned out 20 big meat pies.
I cannot thank you enough. God bless you tremendously!!!!
Aww, thank you Chinyelu, your comment made my day! I am happy you found the recipe helpful. God bless you too!!
Omofonmwan Cynthia says
thank you very much Ajoke for this recipe, it looks yummy indeed and am definitely gonna try it out…… but please, is it sweet potatoes or irish potatoes you used?
Akpos Onoji says
Wow ma your meatpie is breathtaking. It looks so good. I will try it out infact this weekend. Thank u .
Omofonmwan Cynthia says
thank you so much for this recipe, it looks very yummy indeed….. but please which type of potatoes did you use, sweet potatoes or irish potatoes?
Hello Cynthia, I used Irish potatoes. Kindly let me know how you get on with the recipe
Thanks for the recipe
black ivy says
I love this recipe.it is so detailed but what can I use instead of foil paper.
Hi, you can parchment paper or a non stick baking sheet. Thanks
Thank you so much for the recipe, it's well detailed... Can anything be replace with potato?
Kevin odu says
where can I find the aluminium foils with this shape? I tried amazon but couldn't find that exactly.
I am not sure I understand your question but aluminium foil comes in a roll and you cut to shape to fit your baking tray.
Followed your recipe as much as I could- I use eye measurements haha! But it was fantastic all of my family loved it! Even my brother who is a very fussy and particular eater said it was nice and he doesn’t use that term often so thank you very much! 😌
Yass!!! thank you for your feedback and fist bump for nailing the eyeballing technique.
Chinenye Ede says
Thanks for your recipe it was easy to follow I tried it out today and it was awesome we all enjoyed it.
My meatpie is ready and they’re so yummy!!! I wish I could add a picture. Thank you so much for the recipe.
This is so detailed. Thank you!!! I’m currently baking some and they’re in the oven. So far, so good. I’ll give you feedback when they’re ready!
Fortune O says
So I usually don’t leave feedbacks but I just had to do this. Your recipe was the best I saw online was really straight forward also. This was my first attempt and my meatpies came out perfect and really tasty. Thank you very much.
Hi, thanks for sharing your recipe. I have been baking meat pies but it always turn out to be so tough. But using your recipe, in fact it was the best so far. It was good as I desired. Thanks!
Thank you, Queen, I am glad you enjoyed it
Agunabor Uche says
Hiyaa, its my first time here, so i tried the pie with grilled chicken and used groundnut oil for the dough, i didn't have butter. My crust was hard like biscuit, it was really nice though. it was my first try out on baking pie. so i wanted to ask if one doesn't have foil what else can I use for the baking tray.
Joy Osike says
The pie looks so tantalizing. Can i add pepper to it?
Yes, you can
This is amazing. You are good at what you do. Kudos
May I just suggest that, you should take a pic of all the ingredients. Perhaps, we may have someone who doesn't know how some of the ingredients look like.
Well done once again. It's a good job
Thank you so much Ola, Recipe will be updated with images accordingly.
Please can I get a list for the ingredients for making 100 pieces of meat pies? Thank you
Fortune Ogbuehi says
What butter or margarine did you use in this recipe.
Hello! Can I use margarine
Yes, you can use margarine for the shortcrust pastry.
Ayodeji Temitope says
Wow, You are indeed great and amazing, Thank God for you.
I never baked or fry before even though my Mother used to and that was over 26 years ago.
I decided to take challenge in different things I’ve fry buns,puff puff,chin chin and now pies.
I am now a super Daddy to my Children courtesy your write up.
I’m forever grateful to you.
Kalu Oge says
Good afternoon, please I noticed that you did not use baking powder in your recipe, is there need for that. If there is what is the ratio of flour to baking powder ?
Hello, there is no need for baking powder in making shortcrust pastry.
hi,i tried your recipe for my children yyesterday and it came out nice,thanx for sharing this…..love it
Thank you Mariam for the feedback, I am glad to hear your children loved it.
no baking powder in Nigeria meat pies? thanks
This looks amazing and I’d like to try it for Christmas appetizers this year. The recipe just says curry….. any particular kind? There are many curry blends.
Hi Liana, it is curry powder. Thanks
So in love with ur recipes….i’ll give d meatpie a try……hope it comes out nice. But in some of d comments, ur response to butter usage is cold & d other says butter @ room temp….which is to b followed pls? Thnks
Thank you Vivian. Cold butter all the way for a flaky and delicious pastry. Kindly let me how you get on.
Cynthia wodi says
Thank you so much ma'am for this recipe...my meat pie came out so nice an delicious...
Please ma'am I am into baking and I just a contract to make 400 pieces of meat pie..and I wanna use your recipe but I am confused on the measurement for the flour and the other ingredients..
Please ma'am can you help me with the ingredients and measurement..
I await your reply
Peace Leo-Odigbo says
Hi Ajoke, thanks for this recipe. I’d like to know if there’s a way to make the meat pies to last longer especially if you are making them in large quantities for sales. Thanks in advance
Hi Peace, I would keep meat pies in the fridge between 2 to 5 days. If it is for commercial purposes, I would say 2 days because of the cooked fillings. It keeps well in the freezer too.
Peace Leo-Odigbo says
Hi Ajoke, please how can I make the meat pies to last longer and not be mouldy after some days. Thanks in advance
Kuburat thomas says
Hello sis u did not mention the amount of baking powder to use. Thanks
Hi, that is because I didn't use baking powder in the recipe. There is no need for it when making shortcrust pastry. Do let me how you get on
What give they extra crust..... I dont get this when u make mine. Also would you advise one use a mixer for the dough? If one is making large pies can one make the dough ahead of time
Cold butter is the secret to flaky pie. Yes you can make the dough ahead, make sure it is tightly covered with foil or cling film
Hi Sis Ajoke..thanks for this recipe. Please whats the ideal butter to flour ratio to achieve a very cruncy meatpie.? Or do i go buy the ratio you stated on this recipe ? Thanks in advance .xx
The ratio is usually 2:1 (flour to butter) but I tend to add just a lil bit more butter to that ratio. Remember to use cold butter too
Eseun gan ni my sister💕💕
Sherifat saka says
Good day sis, yesterday was my sons birthday n I tried out your meat pie. It came out so well, God bless you for the recipe.
Happy Birthday to your son! I am glad you nailed the recipe. well done mama
Good day ma'am, I love the outcome of your pie. Please I want to know if my margarine will cold as well as butter. I love using margarine.
Hello Queensley, yes, use cold margarine if you can.
Aishat A. says
Oh my goodness! The meat pies turned out like those ones from Mr Biggs. They were really yummy. The instructions were very easy to follow and well detailed. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe...Unto the next baking practical...I’m thinking the ‘agege bread’...
Hello Aishat, thank you for your feedback and I hope you will be making more soon?
Elisha Sarah says
I really want to learn how to do all
Wow! thanks soooo plenty, I will definitely give this recipe a trial. I can't wait.
Hello Olaide, I cant wait to hear your feedback when you make the meat pies.
How many pieces from this recipe?
It depends on the size of the cutter used. You should still get 10 fairly large meat pies from this recipe
I’m an American and my honey is Nigerian and I made these for him and he loves them so much!! Thanks for making it so easy with your step by step method.. will definitely be trying more recipes from here.
Yay!! well done Shamika. I am glad you found the meat pie recipe easy to follow and thanks for trusting it too.
Anuoluwapo Oluwaseyi says
Love ur recipe, will sure give it a try and get back to you. Thanks
Thank you!! I will look forward to your feedback
I love your receipiew but wish you would specify the qty in spoons and cups. Was a challenge as I don’t have a kitchen scale.
Thanks for your comment. feedback noted
Do we need to add milk for the dough or not,or the egg..
Hi, no you are only adding little water just as the recipe says
Thanks for sharing. I will try this out. Do u cook the minced meat separately before making the filling?
Hello.I really do like your recipe. I would like to know what type of butter do you use? This is because my dough comes out so strong even when I add water. Difficult to knead. I am thinking it could be the type of butter I use(.butter for pastries and cookies).Please is there a particular type to use? Thanks.
Thanks Ebby, I don't know where you are writing from, I use beautifully butterly from Aldi (UK). Next time you try this recipe, I suggest you use the butter at room temperature and don't knead for a long time and follow every other steps in the recipe. shortcrust pastry doesn't need kneading that much. Do let me know the outcome when next you try it. All the best
Thanks for getting back to me.
I will try to butter the pan next time. Is there a need for tin foil ?
You are welcome, about the foil, there's really no need for it. I used it because my pan is old.
Hello, I tried the recipe it turned out nice but the bottom was burnt 🤔. Pls advise about this. I put foil at the bottom of the pan
did you butter the pan before baking? if not, you can try and butter the baking next time you try the recipe and cook on lower heat, your oven might be too hot. thanks
I love your recipe. Thank you for sharing.
Dear A joke,I'm not a Nigerian, but my lovely hubby is,l followed your recipe for meat pies and they turned out great, thankyou from the bottom of my heart and keep up the good work, how would you do fish pies?
Thank you so much Sandie for your kind words, they really mean a lot. I have a fish pie recipe on the blog here, kindly search for it. thanks again and do let me know how you get on.
Thank you for the recipe very easy to follow.
onyebum helen says
Good day ma,i love your meatpie and the steps you used.please i would love to know more about the recipes for cooking delicious meals.Thank you.
Dear A joke,I'm not a Nigerian, but my lovely hubby is,l followed your recipe for meat pies and they turned out great, thankyou from the bottom of my heart and keep up the good work, how would you do fish pies?God bless luv sandie
Joy Khumalo says
I followed your recipe and I loved the results. The pies were so yummy. Thank you
Thanks so much Joy for trusting our recipe.
Olutossen Ajanaku says
I love this recipe so much. Tho I think the sugar made my pastry a little sweet which I didn't like... I really love the filling. I'll try the recipe again but without sugar.
I really enjoyed this. Super easy, my family kept wanting more. I was probably the only one who didn't like the sweet taste.
Thanks for the feedback. how much sugar did you add to the dough? you would only need a pinch or a level of tablespoon. I might need to update the recipe with quantities. thanks again for stopping by
How much salt and sugar do you add to the dough?? It doesn't say. Please advise. Thank you.
Hello, I only used pinch just for taste
Christianah Oguntodu says
I would like to make 200 meat pies and I’m not sure how many this recipe I’ll give me.
Could you please tell me the ingredients with rectified amounts that will allow me to make 200 meat pies. Thank you
This is spectacular cos as a baker i also adopt the same method so this for me is an encouragement thanks
Hi May, that's good to know. Thank you so much for stopping by and please do come back for more yummy recipes
Really enjoying your pastry line-up here in Florida !i'm presently trying out the meat pie and the agegroup bread which I miss a lot,..can't wait to post a pic#firsttimebaker#seriouslyhopingforagoodresult#sorryforthelongepisode.
Yay my active kitchen in Florida, dancing shoki right now. lol. I hope your pie turned out well? Thanks a lot for stopping by and do keep me posted. cheers
Do we need baking powder for the dough or not
Hi Oluyinka, you don't need to add baking powder.
Hello!!! I tried the meat pie recipe. Tasted so good…. but i realised the dough was pretty tough to work with. So the surface of the pies werent smooth. What could be the reason for this?
Hello Amanobs, thanks for the feedback. I am sorry to hear that you found the dough hard to work with. The next time you make it, I would suggest you measure out the flour correctly and it could be that the dough needed a bit of water more.(1 to 2 tbsp) regards
Please can you provide the measurements in cups?
Wish I had an oven, I would so try this right now
Tried the recipe today, it turned out perfect. Thanks for sharing 👌❤