Nigerian Meat Pie Recipe

Nigerian meat pies which are very similar to Jamaican beef patties are considered snacks in Nigeria. The pies are traditionally filled with meat, carrots and potatoes but more vegetables can be added.

Here a simple recipe of meat pies that you are going to love.


For  the filling you will need:

  • 300g of ground meat
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 garlic gloves, crushed
  • 1 tsp thyme leaves
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  •  1 bouillon cube .
  • 2 potatoes, cubed
  • 1 carrots, cubed
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2 tbsp of flour, to thicken the filling
  • salt, to taste
  • 2 cups of water

 For the dough, you will need:

  • 500g all-purposed flour
  • 200g Margarine or any butter of your choice
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 250 ml water
  • A whisked egg

Video Recipe: Meat Pie


A-Making the Filling:

Step 1:  Heat the oil and lightly brown the onions and garlic.

Step 2:  Add the ground meat and fry until brown, season the meat with the thyme leaves, curry powder and the bouillon cube. Then  add a cup of water and let it cook for 5 min.

Step 3: Add the carrots and potatoes with 1 cup of water and salt to your taste.

Cover the pot and let it cook till everything is tender (around 15 min) .

Step 4: Dissolve the flour in some water and add in the filling. This will thicken the filling.

Stop the heat and let the filling completely cool down.

B-Making the dough:

Step 1: Add the flour in a bowl with the baking powder and a pinch of salt. Then mix well.

Step 2: Add the margarine and mix thoroughly until the mixture looks more like bread crumbs.

Step 3: Gradually add water while mixing until you get stiff dough.

 Now, Knead the dough well for at least 8 to 10 minutes until your dough is smooth and elastic.  Then let it rest for 5 minutes.

Step 4:  Place the dough on a lightly floored table. Roll out the dough using your rolling pin, make sure that it is not too flat nor too thick.

   Use a circular shaped cutter, cut the dough into medium size circles.

Step 5: Fill it with the meat filling. You can add around a f tablespoon of the pie filling. Brush the ends with a beaten egg.

Close and secure using a fork. Then repeat the process for all the dough

Step 6: Transfer the meat pies on your baking tray that was greased with butter or oil .

Rub the surface of the meat pies with a whisked egg.

Then to Place the Meat pies in the preheated at 335°F  or 170°C and bake it for 35 minutes or until the meat pies are lightly browned.

And your meat pies are ready.


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