Nigerian Meat Pie Recipe

Nigerian MeatpieNigerian Meat pie Recipe

Meat pie is one of the things I look forward to eating when I go home, be it at tantalizers, Mr Bigs, Sweet Sensations or TFC the flavor profile is very similar. Crumbly exterior with meaty filling. The Nigerian Meatpie is comparable to Latin American Empanadas.

The Filling


  • 1.5 cups ground beef (minced meat) 
  • 1.5 cups  cubed potatoes
  • 1/2 cup cubed carrot
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup red onion (chopped)
  • 1 cube maggi
  • 1 Tablespoon flour


  1. Place a large saucepan on medium heat; add in the minced meat and onion. cook until meat is browned
  2. Add in the salt, carrots, potatoes and maggi. Stir in about a cup of water,  cover and simmer until the potatoes is cooked through.
  3. Thoroughly Combined the flour with 1/2 cup of water, add the flour mix into this sauce (this will thicken the sauce). Add in the curry. Combine
  4. Remove from heat and set aside to cool


The Dough


  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Table Spoon Baking powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar (optional)
  • Baking Margarine – (400 G)
  • 1/2 – 1 cup ice cold water*
  • 2 eggs (for finishing)

*The amount of water required Is not an exact science, watch the dough. You do not want a sticky dough.



In a large bowl combine the flour, baking power, sugar and salt. Mix thoroughly.

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Cube the margarine and add into the dry ingredients. with your hands work the ingredients until margarine  is well incorporated (it should look as pictured below)

Nigerian Meatpie


A little at a time, add in the water into the dough. Knead the dough until water is well Incorporated.  as pictured below.  Set the dough in the fridge for about 30 minutes.

Nigerian Meatpie


Add some flour to a smooth surface, using a rolling pin, flatten the dough. using a circular cookie cutter or a round bowl, cut the dough into big circles. As pictured below

The Process

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 Degrees
  2. Place about 1 teaspoon or more of filling into center of the circle; fold dough over filling to enclose, forming a half-moon shape.
  3. Press edges together to seal, and crimp edges decoratively using the back of a fork.
  4. Transfer to a parchment or foil paper-lined baking sheet
  5. Repeat with remaining dough and filling
  6. Whisk together the eggs and brush the egg wash over the formed piesNigerian Meatpie
  • Bake until edges are lightly golden, 15 to 20 minutes


Serve meatpie with a side of Chilled Fanta. Enjoy!!!

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By |September 12th, 2012|132 Comments


  1. Grace.Osezua February 2, 2018 at 2:33 pm - Reply

    pls can you convert 400g of butter to cups?

  2. Ejiro January 18, 2018 at 7:58 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for this recipe. The meatpie came out great and i was my first time trying this too. God bless you

  3. Faith October 23, 2017 at 6:51 pm - Reply

    Please how many regular sized meatpies does this make?

  4. Favour June 2, 2017 at 9:05 am - Reply

    How many grams is 41/2 cups of flour?

  5. ayodele April 25, 2017 at 3:29 pm - Reply

    Your meat pie recipe is a hit. Tried it today and it came out excellently well for a first try out. I halved the recipe and I had no issues with it. Only problem is I got tired rolling the dough out with a bottle as I couldn’t find my rolling pin on time. And all the meat pie was already gone before I could blink an eye. What I look for in meat pies is a flaky dough and I got that with your recipe. I could eat only the dough even without any filling, it’s that yummy. I switched things up a bit by adding some garlic powder in the dough and some feta cheese into the filling. *awesome*

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie May 9, 2017 at 6:16 pm - Reply

      Garlic Powder and feta cheese sounds yum.

      Glad it came out well!

  6. Chi April 19, 2017 at 3:38 am - Reply

    Please how many kg is a cup?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie May 9, 2017 at 6:08 pm - Reply

      Hi Chi,

      It depends on what is being measured. Different things have different weights.

  7. Tee January 27, 2017 at 6:45 pm - Reply

    Tried this for hubby during Christmas and it was yummy. He had it for breakfast for 4 days! Thanks Ronke

  8. Ada December 6, 2016 at 5:05 pm - Reply

    am to use d biggest meat pie cutter how many kg of flour will make 50 meat pie

  9. iya funke November 30, 2016 at 12:06 pm - Reply

    Hi, how long can I store the dough for in the fridge/ freezer for future use?

  10. tito November 23, 2016 at 3:21 am - Reply

    Can i use store bought dough? I have a shoulder injury, so I cant mix the dough myself.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie November 24, 2016 at 8:44 pm - Reply

      I dont see why not. Let me know how it goes.

  11. Michelle October 14, 2016 at 10:26 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the good work. My mixed though is breaking like garri mixed with cold water. It’s not stretching at all . What could I have done wrong? Pls help me oo. I used indian maida(refined flour) 1kg, butter 500g, baking powder 2tspns, 2big pinches of salt and cool water. Urgent help is needed

  12. Etoya August 23, 2016 at 2:02 am - Reply

    If i don’t have all purpose flour, which alternative can I use, bread or cake flour?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie August 23, 2016 at 12:04 pm - Reply

      Bread flour should work. The texture will be more chewy than APF though.

  13. Ruth August 19, 2016 at 6:58 pm - Reply

    Hi, am about to make mine and I will like to know how many normal sized meatpie will the ingredients above make.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie August 20, 2016 at 2:52 pm - Reply

      what’s normal size? it will make 12-15 of the bottom photo size. How much you are able to make will depend on the thickness of your rolled dough.

  14. nwankwo chioma August 8, 2016 at 1:38 am - Reply

    i did meat pie, it didnt come out nice it was hard.

  15. Lola July 4, 2016 at 7:54 pm - Reply

    I tried this and it didn’t work😕. The margarine was too much.400gm is almost 2 cups. Is it a typo?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie July 5, 2016 at 8:26 pm - Reply

      No, 40og is not a typo that’s how much margarine i use in the recipe. I have tested this recipe a million times, it’s a family favorite and it works like magic every single time. Now, did you use baking margarine as the recipe calls for or were you using the spreadable stuff?

      • Lola July 7, 2016 at 5:46 pm - Reply

        I used Becel, is butter a better option?

        • 9jafoodie
          9jafoodie July 9, 2016 at 4:05 pm - Reply

          Becel is not baking margarine, it’s meant to be a spread so the fat content is very different. Margarine is best but it has to be the type meant for baking.

  16. Siddylicious May 7, 2016 at 7:38 am - Reply

    Hiya made chicken pie instead of meat today and it came out lovely, tasted yummy, my kids loved it. Thanks so much!!

  17. oge March 26, 2016 at 12:22 am - Reply

    What happens if I substitute butter for margarine? Can I use pre made pie dough instead?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie March 28, 2016 at 2:17 pm - Reply

      Butter works in place of margarine. Yes, you can use premade crust.

  18. visionhabitat December 30, 2015 at 5:04 pm - Reply

    used it loved it. easy to follow recipe.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie December 30, 2015 at 9:21 pm - Reply

      Great! thanks for the feedback.

    • mot April 5, 2017 at 12:38 am - Reply

      Can I bake my pies a day before I need it, or few hours before, will it still be fresh the next day? Please answer ASAP. Thanks

  19. clemencia December 26, 2015 at 2:49 pm - Reply

    I like yr recipes i wish u could teach me more

  20. Ada December 23, 2015 at 6:54 am - Reply

    I tried this yesterday and it was wonderful. My husband enjoyed it. Thanks for your recipes. Keep up the good work. Looking forward to trying others

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie December 24, 2015 at 5:32 pm - Reply

      Thanks for the feedback Ada! happy cooking

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie December 24, 2015 at 5:39 pm - Reply

      Awww that’s great! thanks for the amazing feedback. Happy Cooking.

  21. Maria November 18, 2015 at 3:57 pm - Reply

    Thank you! They definitely turned out much better! They were soft not hard! I did make too much Dough, it yield 41 meat pies?It was so tiring dealing with the dough, that’s the toughest part! I will look at your other recipes. one last question, for the dishes that require fish, can I substitute with something else? Thanks in advance!

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie November 20, 2015 at 8:25 am - Reply

      wow! that’s a lot of pies. yes, you can usually substitute mild protein like chicken.

  22. Maria November 17, 2015 at 4:39 pm - Reply

    I tried these and followed the directions to the T, this is my third time trying to make them ha! My pues come out a bit hard not soft what am I doing wrong, how long should I leave them in the oven? That’s the onlynthingbi am screwing up! I am a Latina trying to cook Nigerian food! My husband is Nigerian! Please advice

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie November 17, 2015 at 7:35 pm - Reply

      I am sorry to hear that Maria. Meatpie shell are very similar to empanada shells, it is very important that you roll the dough out thinly. also, watch the water, you might be using too little. Baking time is about 25 minutes or until lightly golden. I hope that helps. Good luck!!

  23. Enny August 6, 2015 at 12:50 pm - Reply

    The cup measurement is a bit confusing. Here in Germany, we use gramms. Kindly tell me the flour n baking powder measurement in gramm. Thks.

  24. Buki August 5, 2015 at 1:55 pm - Reply

    Thank you for the recipe. I’ve been looking for meat pie recipe forever. Can I use food processor for the dough?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie August 10, 2015 at 9:16 pm - Reply

      you are most welcome. yes, food processor works. However, make sure you do not overwork the dough. just mix until combined.

  25. Shosho August 5, 2015 at 12:31 pm - Reply


    Approximately how many meat pies do these measurements make ?

  26. Ij August 1, 2015 at 6:50 pm - Reply

    I always have problem when kneading my dough it’s always breaking instead of being elastic is it too much something or less something

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie August 2, 2015 at 9:13 pm - Reply

      You are probably not adding enough water.

  27. Ashabi June 30, 2015 at 2:12 am - Reply

    Hello Ronke, Thanks for this recipe. Please how many small or medium size meatpies can this recipe make?

    Thank you.

  28. naijababe March 30, 2015 at 9:43 am - Reply

    Could you please respond to my question above pleaseeeeeeeeee. I’m trying to make meatpie again this weekend, and I don’t want to make the same mistake that I made.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie March 30, 2015 at 1:55 pm - Reply

      Hi dear, I replied to your comment earlier. please see my reply under your first comment.

  29. naijababe March 29, 2015 at 12:13 am - Reply

    So i just made meat pie following this exact recipe, and I’m frustrated. the meat filling turned out great, but the dough was a mess! it seemed like the margarine was a bit much for the amount of flour because after i added it, it became extra sticky and not garri like (you know like yours! lol)….i continued to mix it, but it got even more sticky. I don’t know why cos i exactly followed this recipe

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie March 30, 2015 at 8:22 am - Reply

      Hello there.. Something sounds off. I use this recipe at least ones a month. The first mix shouldn’t even have much moisture at all, I cant imagine what would make it sticky. are you sure your measurements were accurate? did you introduce any other liquid into the mix?

      • naijababe April 5, 2015 at 9:37 pm - Reply

        oh no, i didn’t add anything else. Anyway, I will make it again and give you an update!

  30. Furla February 23, 2015 at 2:01 am - Reply

    Hi. Like how many pieces of pie is dis recipe

  31. Chika U December 31, 2014 at 11:35 pm - Reply

    My dad just tried it, and he LOVED it! Me and the rest of my family will try it tomorrow! Thank you so much for this, I am soooooo glad!

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie March 30, 2015 at 1:56 pm - Reply

      Thanks for the feedback Chika, much appreciated

  32. Melody T. December 16, 2014 at 9:26 pm - Reply

    Is there an equivalent or good alternative for the finishing besides using an egg wash?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie December 17, 2014 at 12:05 pm - Reply

      unfortunately, nothing I can think of at the moment.

  33. Damilola October 18, 2014 at 6:17 am - Reply

    Wow, great receipe hv tried it twice n it keeps getting better. Thanks for sharing. Also tried d oven baked chicken used chicken wings. Oh mine did I mention d zoo drink it was heavenly. All my friends n family r so into ur site now. They finally found my secret weapon for amazing variety of meals

  34. Eemaney September 23, 2014 at 8:13 am - Reply

    Finally! Been searching for the recipe

  35. bimz March 12, 2014 at 2:10 am - Reply

    Thanks so much for this recipe 9jafoodie! Will be trying this tomorrow; getting all my ingredients today. Sooooooo glad I found your blog. My family “oooohs” & “aaaahs” each time I make something I’ve learnt from your blog. Tnksssss!

  36. Mystik January 12, 2014 at 12:51 am - Reply

    Can this be fried with oil? For those of us without ovens

  37. emy January 10, 2014 at 8:42 am - Reply

    Pls how many grams of butter goes into 3kg of flour?

  38. ASUU Strike January 7, 2014 at 8:23 am - Reply

    This is a nice one here

  39. joy Ogboonna December 2, 2013 at 10:31 am - Reply

    I wz so excited wen I saw dis Recipes for Nija meat pies. Tnx u guys re doing a gr8t job here. Am really inspired to practice these step u gave here

  40. Charlove November 27, 2013 at 5:12 am - Reply

    Pls, is it true that you don’t put a foil (our normal Nigerian foil, especially used for moimoi) into an electric oven?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie November 27, 2013 at 9:21 am - Reply

      hen…. where did you hear that one? I only know you cant use foil in the microwave

  41. pretty Asa October 4, 2013 at 11:15 am - Reply

    wow i must try this out my baby girl will be like mummy this is yummy yummy lol

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie October 5, 2013 at 9:11 am - Reply

      Yes Please! let us know how it turns out

  42. Anonymous September 27, 2013 at 8:02 am - Reply

    Please how do i know the measurement of suger in 3 cups of flour and backing powder. So i can try my egg roll tomorrow. Thanks.

  43. faith September 7, 2013 at 1:54 am - Reply

    Thanks very much for refreshing me back on me at pie making, still having a problem with hard meat pie after preparing mine Y so

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie September 14, 2013 at 10:49 am - Reply

      It’s either you are using the wrong Flour/margarine/water combination or you are baking at a temperature that is too high for too long.

  44. Damie August 26, 2013 at 5:31 am - Reply

    Hi 9jafoodie, thanks so much for this recipe and the way you broke it down an all! I’ll love to try his out for my kid’s class at school. Problem is our oven’s broken; my question is, can I fry the meat pie? A new oven is not in the current budget, so I need an alternative. I look forward to your reply. Thank you!!

  45. MissP August 15, 2013 at 6:04 am - Reply

    I tried this recipe for my brother in law’s birthday and it was fantastic. Definitely one for my food recipe archive!!! Thank you!!!!

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie August 18, 2013 at 1:17 pm - Reply

      Whoop!! we are glad you enjoyed the recipe

      • purity December 11, 2017 at 3:32 am - Reply

        Thanks for the recipe. please in the absence of an oven what can one use.

        • 9jafoodie
          9jafoodie December 11, 2017 at 9:13 am - Reply

          Please search online for how to bake without an oven.

  46. Mama June 17, 2013 at 2:46 pm - Reply

    Is cameroun pepper that same as black pepper

  47. dora May 28, 2013 at 5:51 am - Reply

    i tried the meat pie, it was such a wow!!!!!!!!! My guests enjoyed it so much.

  48. CHI BOY May 18, 2013 at 2:48 am - Reply

    Pls i hav not gotten the real measurement of the flour and the butter. is it a milk cup size

  49. Anonymous May 16, 2013 at 8:25 am - Reply

    how n=many does this make

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie May 21, 2013 at 10:48 am - Reply

      between 8-12 depending on how big you want them

  50. Anon May 15, 2013 at 6:17 am - Reply

    Pls is it a milk cup u are saying here and how many milk cup. should i mix the dough with the eggs and is there any LOCAL WAY to bake d meatpie.

  51. tayoxpowers May 13, 2013 at 10:36 pm - Reply

    i’ll be trying this tomorrow. i don’t have all purpose flour so i’ll be using cake flour. do you think that’ll affect the crust? i heard that it might result in a more pastry like crust, which doesn’t sound like a bad thing to me!

  52. tayoxpowers May 13, 2013 at 9:05 pm - Reply

    i’ll be trying this tomorrow. i don’t have all purpose flour so i’ll be using cake flour, which i heard makes the crust tastes more pastry like.

  53. Global Chow April 8, 2013 at 12:37 pm - Reply

    Looks very yummy

  54. Vegan Nigerian April 7, 2013 at 1:25 pm - Reply

    Hey, cool article. Check out my vegan version of nigerian meat pie 🙂

  55. helen April 6, 2013 at 7:22 am - Reply

    I love meat pie but I never realised it was hard work.
    My arm almost fell off kneading the dough, I think I have developed instant biceps! 🙂
    However, it was worth the hard work, my meat pies came out looking store bought!
    Thanks once again sweetheart (9jafoodie) 🙂

  56. Robertha March 11, 2013 at 7:00 am - Reply

    400g of butter came out to be 3 and half sticks of butter. I just did the math.

    Anyhow, I tried this receipe and it was fab… OMG I was teaching my daughter how to make it and I had to teach her based on measurement scale plus I had not done this is so long. Thank you so much now I going to try to do the chicken piri piri. How do I send you the pics of the pies I did ?
    thanks again.. I have book marked your site.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie March 14, 2013 at 5:07 pm - Reply

      Yeiiii!! we are glad you enjoyed the recipe.

  57. [email protected] February 12, 2013 at 12:49 pm - Reply

    What do you mean by 1pack of butter?

  58. curious american January 4, 2013 at 10:53 am - Reply

    Not to sound ignorant, but what is maggi, and where can I find it? This sounds like a great dish.

  59. laide December 27, 2012 at 9:05 pm - Reply

    my meat pie comes out hard, pls can u tell me what might be wrong?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie December 28, 2012 at 9:55 am - Reply

      Hi Laide…. Did you follow the recipe step by step? My guess is either too much/little baking powder, not enough water or too much heat….. let me know.

      • laide December 30, 2012 at 11:43 am - Reply

        i had not baked it when i made my comment, i was just saying from my experience. I followed ur recipe today..and it came out really nice. thanks alot.

  60. Cindy November 26, 2012 at 4:28 am - Reply

    Looks simple and straight forward. I was looking for a recipe and came straight to your blog. Thanks for sharing. How many meat pies did you get with this recipe? I want to make it for my son’s birthday and I am trying to gauge what quantity of ingredients I will need for 60 people.


    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie November 26, 2012 at 4:42 pm - Reply

      Depending on the size, you should be able to get between 12-15 from one batch.

      • Name November 27, 2012 at 1:05 am - Reply

        Thank you so much!

  61. Pretty-P November 8, 2012 at 8:13 am - Reply

    Thanks for this simple recipe on MeatPie, i have been trying my hands on making meat pie for a long time now but i think this process will be easy for me. I hope to try it this weekend and i will send the pictures when am done. Thanks a lot.

  62. oj November 7, 2012 at 4:53 am - Reply

    here is my verdict on the meat pie, i love it. i tried it out yesterday and am so proud of myself. thanks for bringing the fun back to my kitchen. xoxoxo

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie November 27, 2012 at 6:23 am - Reply

      This is great!! I am so happy to hear that the recipe worked for you.

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  64. Oluwasegun October 3, 2012 at 10:50 am - Reply

    Good job .. GOD Bless you hustle .. A whole catalogue wooooohooooo!!! My oyinbo madam would love this

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie October 5, 2012 at 9:59 am - Reply

      You are most welcome

      • emmanuel bolade October 19, 2012 at 9:31 am - Reply

        thanks for this wonderful programme, today i will tried it.and i still need more of these recipe God bless you.

  65. Missy Tee October 1, 2012 at 10:57 am - Reply

    Yaaaay! Thanks 9jafoodie. You should have seen how I screamed when I saw this in the email update. You are tres good. I will show you pictures when I make them properly this time. Woohoo.

  66. Name September 26, 2012 at 4:00 am - Reply

    sorry buh i think u meant to spell ‘saute’ not ‘satay’.thx

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie September 26, 2012 at 6:00 am - Reply

      I did! I often interchange the two words… thanks for noticing.

  67. chictherapy September 17, 2012 at 3:35 pm - Reply

    I used to know how to make meatpie o…thanks for the recipe, i just may revive my meatpie skills

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie September 19, 2012 at 5:03 pm - Reply

      You should babe, please take pictures 🙂

  68. jane September 13, 2012 at 12:17 pm - Reply

    i have always wanted a recipe for meat pie the nigerian way……. But i noticed you did not use any sugar and flavouring i think it would be nicer with a touch of nutmeg. When you say cup for mesuring do you mean like milk cup or what? Also i trie your buns recipe it was not as i expected bt like you said in the post it would get better with time. I hope so. I also did your ofe akwu it was perfect! Better than yours i’m sure. now 2moro will be a day for baking meat pie. I am a lonely house wife i try recipes to pass time. Thanks for your amazing blog

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie September 16, 2012 at 3:31 pm - Reply

      Hi Jane, I use a regular American cup….. 250ml. flavoring sounds like a good addition. lol… keep trying with the buns, you will perfect it. Hahahah.. sure your soup was better than mine 😀

  69. Atoskin September 12, 2012 at 8:41 am - Reply

    I want!!!! Me I prefer it with chilled coke sha, the satisfaction I get is epic.

  70. Nollywood REinvented September 12, 2012 at 8:37 am - Reply

    Hmm… hmm… this post is causing me to weave dreams here o

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