Nigerian Meat Pie recipe : How to Make Nigerian Meat Pie

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Nigerian Meat Pie
   Nigerian Meat Pie is a delicious  snack, filled with vegetables (usually potatoes&carrots) and minced meat. This is one of the sought after snack in any festive gathering.
   The Nigerian meat pie is often confused with the Spanish Enpanadas, these two snacks have similar shapes, but the process of preparation  and the fillings used for both snacks,differs a lot.
   Here’s a detailed recipe and video showing you how to make the perfect Nigerian Meat pie..enjoy.

Note: The process might look lengthy, but is really isn't , so don't be discouraged *wink, wink*

Nigerian Meat Pie Ingredients:

Nigerian Meat Pie Filling:
•300g of minced meat (ground beef)
•1 medium-sized onion
•1 little garlic/garlic powder(optional)
•3 medium-sized carrots
•2 medium-sized Irish potatoes
•1 cooking spoonful of Vegetable Oil
•Seasoning  of choice (but preferably)- bouillon cubes(Maggi / Knorr cubes),a teaspoon of thyme, a teaspoon of curry
•2 tablespoons of plain flour(to make a binder)
•Cool water -- 200ml(more or less)
•Salt -- to taste

Nigerian Meat Pie Dough:
•500 grams Plain Flour

• 250grams Margarine  
•1 teaspoonful Baking Powder
•3\4 teaspoon(a big pinch) of Salt 

•about 75 ml Cool Water (or as needed to get a stiff dough)
 Preparing ingredients for the Nigerian Meat pie :
**Grind or mince the meat, if you haven’t done that yet.
**Chop or mince the onions and set aside
**Wash and Scrape the carrots,Peel the Irish potatoes, rinse these vegetables(carrot&potatoes)and cut into very tiny cubes.

Directions for making Nigerian Meat Pie
*First step is to prepare the Meat Pie Filling:
    Heat up the oil on medium heat.Then add the chopped onions and garlic (garlic is optional), stir fry a bit; add the minced meat to the pot and stir well till the minced meat looses its pink color.     
  Now, Add 1 cup of water to the pot, add the stock cube,thyme and curry. Cover the pot and leave to boil for about 10 minutes.
Nigerian Meat Pie recipe

    After 10 minutes, add the diced potatoes,carrots,salt to taste and leave to cook until the vegetables are done.
   Then, dissolve 2 tablespoonful of the plain flour in half cup of cold water . 
   Mix thoroughly and add the mixture to the meat pie filling in the pot, stir well to get until well incorporated, put off the heat and leave to cool .
 How to Make Nigerian Meat Pie step by step photos

Tip: This flour mixture helps to bind the filling together and retain the moisture of the meat pie filling when baking. You can use cheese as an alternative.

           The second Step is to prepare the dough
** Break an egg, beat it and set aside for later use 
** Grease the oven tray that you'll be using; Do this by rubbing a little margarine inside the tray. 
This helps to prevent the meat pies from  burning.You can also make use of baking sheets.  

*  Put the 500g of flour into a big bowl; add 1 teaspoon of baking powder and a big pinch of salt.Mix well.

* Add the margarine (you can melt the margarine, to make mixing easier) and mix thoroughly until the mixture looks more like bread crumbs or sifted garri. 

* Now, gradually add a little water and keep on mixing until you get a stiff dough. 

* Knead the dough until smooth and leave  to rest for 5 minutes, then place on a lightly floured surface. At this stage you can Preheat the oven at 335°F or 170°C and continue with the meat pies.
 How to Make Nigerian Meat Pie easy steps
 * Using a rolling pin, roll the dough on the table, it shouldn’t be too flat or too thick.
 * With a circular shaped cutter, cut out some circles; You can make use of any clean object you have, to get your desired size.(I made use of a bowl *wink* ). 
* Remove the excess dough, and then scoop some of the meat pie filling and place in the center of the circular cut dough. Don’t add a lot of filling, so that your meat pie won't look bumpy at the top.

* Now rub the whisked egg, on the edges of the dough you are working with. In place of the egg, you can make use of flour & water mix.This will prevent the meat pie from bursting open while in the oven.

 * The next step is to fold one side of the circular dough to join the other part, to form a semicircle. Use a fork to press the edges tight and give the meat pie its unique design.
Nigerian Meat Pie step by step

    Now transfer unto the greased  tray and repeat this process for the remaining circles.

* When all the meat pies are folded, rub the whisked egg on the surface of the meat pies.The egg helps to give the meat pie a golden sheen, but this is optional.

* Place the Meat pies in the preheated oven and leave to bake for 35 minutes Or until the meat pies are lightly browned. You can check it from time to time, if you are not sure of the temperature of your oven.

    The Nigerian Meat pies are ready when they are lightly brown..Enjoy.

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By Nky Lily Lete


  1. I wish I had one right now...

    1. please I will like to know, a full peak milk cup is how many grammes precisely? and also that green pea/yellow maize can full will be approximately what gramm? I am having issues with converting these grammes into the conventional measuring bowls.thanks.

    2. Hi dear,The small peak milk evaporated milk can is about 170 grams, while the medium sized sweet corn(yellow maize) is about 34o grams

  2. This is good. Pls can I see the one for sharwama

    1. Shawarma recipe coming soon dearie, hope you are part of our facebook team , so that you can be one of the first to know :)

    2. This is the recipe

  3. I am quite gud with making meat pie , however I still hv problems with underneath the meat pie. That is the part placed on the tray, it always comes out quite soft like it isn't done, while the top bit is ready and no matter hw long I leave the meat pie in, they always comes out the same.
    Do I need to turn this bottom bit up during baking? I use the normal baking tray , is there a particular tray that I need to use?

  4. Hi dear, there is no special tray for baking meat pie .
    I had the same problem when my oven was bad; so first check that the oven heats up well.
    You should also try baking in preheated oven at 335°F or 170°C to give the meat pies the chance to bake at the same rate. High temperature makes one part bake faster than the other.
    Another cause might be in the filling; if the filling was hot or ''dripping'' when you added it to the dough, it might make the bottom soggy, and take more time to bake.
    If all these fails, then try turning it over, remember that the heat within a gas oven varies from top (which is the hottest part) to the bottom (which is the coolest part) the hot air rises to the you can turn it over so that it can bake well like the top.
    Hope this helps :)

  5. Awesome! This works.

  6. Thanks for the recipe. I was wondering if I can use butter instead of margarine?

    1. Yes dear, you can use butter, but make sure you melt or leave it out at room temperature before use.

  7. Replies
    1. Thanks for the follow up dear, you know a picture is worth a thousand words :)

  8. how do i get the recipe in my inbox?

    1. Hi dear, above the page you'll see a box ''Get Recipes in your inbox'', put your email address and click on ''subscribe''

  9. going to try this out but surely looks good

  10. Nice job u re doing here. Am really glad I stumbled on ds. Pls, by mince meat, do u mean a grounded beef? Or the normal mincemeat sealed inside jars at supermarts? I really don't get it. Thanks

    1. Hi dear, the minced meat used here is the same as ground raw beef. You can make it yourself by grinding boneless beef in a dry mill (after cutting to smaller sizes). You can also use a meat grinder or mincer...hope this helps :)

  11. Tanx! Mine came out great... Tough I used fresh meat...parboiled it with salt and pounded it...dey re diced!! Tanx
    How do I send d pix

    1. That is nice dear, I'm so glad it turned out really well. You can send me a pic by posting on Nigerianfoodtv facebook page or send as an email to . Thanks for your feedback :)

  12. My my my!!! Your explanations really make a lot of sense. I just made mine and it came out so well&delicious. I'd send my pic to your email now. Nice job ma'am.

    1. Hi dear, I saw those yummy looking meat pies, you sure did a great job Hun,keep it up, I'll share it on facebook for all to see :)

  13. Pls if u melt d butter or magarine,won't it turn into oil and won't give wot u desire. Also can I put milk in d batter and pepper in d filling.

  14. Pls if u melt d butter or magarine,won't it turn into oil and won't give wot u desire. Also can I put milk in d batter and pepper in d filling.

  15. Pls if u melt d butter or magarine,won't it turn into oil and won't give wot u desire. Also can I put milk in d batter and pepper in d filling.

  16. Pls if u melt d butter or magarine,won't it turn into oil and won't give wot u desire. Also can I put milk in d batter and pepper in d filling.

    1. If you melt the butter or margarine , it will still give you the same result, and yes dear, you can add milk to the batter and pepper to the filling if you like to :)

  17. Hi. Thanks for your recipe. Mine's in the oven right now. I have 2 issues.
    1. Its been there for about an hour but not yet brown but at 170 degrees C.
    2. I had problems with my dough. It was cracking when i was kneading it but i managed to put it together. Now the meat pie tops are cracked open in the oven :-(

    1. Hi dear, I answered the ''dough cracking'' question here
      Don't worry when you read it , you'll become an expert in your next try dear :)

  18. Thanks my dear. You are helping many that love to be counted among sophisticated ladies in the kitchen. Am one of them

  19. how many does ur recipe make thanxs

    1. Makes about 15 meat pies if you're using a small cutter, but less if making use of a wider cutter to cut the rolled dough.

  20. thanks a lot my dear, pls must I add flour to the filling because I don't really like that yummy taste the flour use to give the filling

    1. No problem dearie, you can leave out the flour in the filling if you don't like the taste :) and thanks for coming by Hun.

  21. I tried ur doughnut recipe and it came out fabulous. My husband loved it, i made some for my friends and they loved it too. Thanks Nky. I'm going to try d meat pie right away.

    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed the recipe dear and do send me some pics to add you to the fan's wall of fame :)

  22. I tried d meat pie, I got d vegetable filling perfectly but d dough was kinda hard, i don't know what went wrong, please help, any idea?

    1. Hi dear, hope you baked it at the right temperature, because high temperature can harden the dough, You can also check out this frequently asked questions for more reasons

  23. Replies
    1. I have replied dear. Do let me know if you have any more questions :)

  24. Thank you for the recipe. ..
    Which part of the oven should i bake the pie #first shelf or the bottom and can i use corned beef in filling the pie?

    1. Bake it in the first or middle shelf so that the bottom doesnt get burnt before the top is fully baked.


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