best nigerian meat pies


On the 9th of August, that’s two weeks ago, Mr. N and I celebrated our 8th wedding anniversary! After thinking of what to make to celebrate with (because what’s any celebration without food??) I decided to make these EPIC meat pies. I call them Nigerian meat pies, Cameroonian meat pies or African meat pies because I’ve lived in both countries and experienced the same kind of meat pie in both of them. Meat pies are also eaten in Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Jamaica  and in many other countries. Other names for it are beef empanadas, beef patties or pastelillos. So all of us, it’s our meat pie! And it’s coming to you with a Precious Kitchen touch, of course!
You guys, African style meat pies for the mighty win! On that anniversary day, we ate then ate some more. All of my girls equally loved it. In fact, we had them as a complete meal because you know they are wholesome and very filling! I posted a picture on Instagram and Facebook and a lot of you wanted the recipe.
nigerian meat pie
Now I had to come back to the blog and edit my archaic meat pie recipe which has been begging for a revival. Let me confess something to you: in the early days of the blog, I hardly tested recipes properly. I mean I mostly eyeballed everything when I cooked and they almost always turned out great. Now when it came to sharing the recipe with others aka, here on the blog, I estimated the ingredients. Yeah, busted!
But I’m no longer in that place, you guys. I have been learning the art of food-writing, recipe-testing and all the bells and whistles of this job called food blogging. Sometimes I’ll have to remake a recipe 3 times to get the perfect measurement of ingredients. It is a bit of a pain but it is so rewarding. Because I can stand tall and proud and tell you to follow my exact measurements and make a recipe because I know the outcome will be glorious.
best meat pie recipe
That’s the case with these meat pies, the measurements are perfect! For best results, you must make the pie dough the same way I make mine. If you don’t understand anything about the recipe, feel free to leave a question below and I’ll respond ASAP.
The pie crust is perfectly buttery, flaky and so tasty. I could live on the pie crust alone. But then when you dig further into the pie, you taste the filling which is sufficiently meaty, savory, garlicky, moist and so rich. To take it up a notch, I added some slices of hardboiled egg to some of the pies. Welcome to meat pie heaven!
African meat pie
Because I love you, I made a video to show you how to be a meat pie guru! The video is so detailed that I call it “Meat Pie University”. I share so many details in there and if you follow my steps, I am certain that be you man or woman, boy or girl, you will be able to impress everyone around you with very tasty meat pies!
african meat pie recipe
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5 from 3 votes
best nigerian meat pies
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
1 hr 25 mins

These savory hand-held African style meat pies are EPIC! Believe me when I say you've never had meat pies like these before. The pie crust is perfectly flaky and the filling is perfectly meaty. Add a slice of hardboiled egg into each pie to take it up a notch. Insanely delicious!

Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: African
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 384 kcal
Author: Precious of
For the dough
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour 500g or half kg
  • 1 cup unsalted butter - softened 226g or 16 tablespoons
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 egg - beaten
  • 1 cup cold water
For the filling
  • 1 pound ground beef about half kg
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 stem green onions - chopped sub with leeks
  • 4 large garlic cloves peeled and minced
  • 1 large bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1 habanero pepper optional
  • 2 medium Irish potatoes - peeled and diced about 1 cup chopped
  • 3 small carrots (or 1 large carrot) diced
  • 8 green beans diced
  • 2 small bell peppers (1 yellow, 1 red) sub with half a medium bell pepper
  • 2 small stock cubes (Maggi) about 4g per cube
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon flour
  • 2 tablespoons oil I used olive oil
For the egg wash
  • 1 egg - beaten
How to Make the Filling
  1. Pour oil into a pot and heat for 2-3 minutes. Add in onions and saute while stirring from time to time until fragrant.

  2. Add the minced garlic and stir to bring out the flavor. Let it cook with the onion for about a minute.

  3. Add the ground beef and use a wooden spoon to break it as it cooks. This helps prevent it from forming chunks of meat. At the same time, incorporate the meat into the garlic/onion mixture. Stir meat until fully scattered and it has changed from pink to brown.

  4. Add a cup and a half of water to the meat. Add in potatoes, bay leaf, white pepper, salt, stock cubes and habanero (if you choose to use it). Cover and cook for about 15 minutes until the potatoes are soft and break easily when touched.

  5. Add in half a tablespoon of flour and stir well. Let the flour cook with the meat for about 3 minutes. 

  6. Add the green onions/leeks, carrots, green beans and bell pepper. Mix well to combine. Turn off the heat - the filling is ready. 
How to Make the Dough
  1. In a large bowl, mix together flour, baking powder and salt. 

  2. Add in softened butter and mix until the flour and butter are well incorporated. 

  3. Add beaten egg and cold water. Mix to form a dough. Transfer to a floured surface and knead lightly until smooth. Place dough back in the bowl and place in the fridge until ready for use.

How to Make the Pies
  1. Cut the dough into two. Place one half on a floured surface and roll out to about 1/8 of an inch thick. 

  2. Use a pie maker or a round lid (I used the lid of a water jar) to cut circles out of the rolled dough. Remove the excess dough from around the circles.

  3. Place about a tablespoon and a half in the middle of each circle. Be careful not to overfill the circles! Now add a slice of hardboiled egg on the filling (note that I only used the hardboiled egg for half of the pies in this recipe. If you would love to use egg on all your pies, use two hardboiled eggs instead. )

  4. Cover each circle to form a semi-circle. Press the edges with your hands then press with a fork.

  5. Repeat the pie-making process with the rest of the dough. 

  6. Place all the pies in the refrigerator to rest for about 5 minutes. While they rest, preheat oven to 350 degrees F (or 180 degrees C).  

  7. Remove pies from fridge and brush generously with egg wash.

  8. Bake in preheated oven for about 25 minutes until golden brown.

  9. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

1. 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.

2. Use milk in place of water if you would like a richer dough.

3. I usually brush the top of my pies with egg again half way through baking. This makes them extra glossy. 

African style meat pies. Perfect appetizer for holiday season!pre-signature-pro


  1. I like when you seal it with egg. So yesterday o made fish pie with a friend and we fried it instead of baking. And we made the dough softer, it really tasted good. You should try the fish pie. Use salmons fish for the best flavor ?

  2. I used to make fish pie alot oo. But these days my love for it has shifted to fishroll lol. I've never cooked with salmon though. Time to try something new. Thanks Nata!

  3. Yeah i like the fish-roll idea. because the fish pie just has you eating a lot of the dough while with the fish-roll you have enough room to put the fish in it since it's long. i'll try the fish-roll too. be ready cuss am going to bug you with questions lol.

  4. LOL. Bug me all you can. I'll be here to answer, girl.

  5. Thanks for all the delicacies. Can't wait to see your fish roll recipe.

  6. You're welcome, anony!

  7. Can't wait for the fish roll recipe. Thanks for the meat pie, but I love fish roll more.

  8. Dear, I already have a fish roll recipe. The one that is upcoming is my fish pie recipe. Check how to make fish rolls here: Fish rolls recipe

  9. adela ngringeh onguene

    Great kids are on holidays trying all with them this holidys

  10. Nice job Precious ! Keep them coming.

  11. Hello Ms. Precious. Just have a question about the amount of flour…… Google says 1kg of flour is equal to 8 cups….. sounds like that’s a lot. Is that how much you used for the dough? Thanks

  12. Hi Precious,
    I don’t have an oven can it be fried in deep frying please advise.

  13. Can I use olive oil in place of butter for a healthier meat pie

    • Hi Prisca, I’m sure you can but I’ve never tried it. Also note that extra virgin olive oil has a strong taste. So it will be best to use light olive oil.

  14. Precious I may not really know how to bake like you do but I must confess that these meat pies are so glorious and baked to perfection. The camera really captured it’s true beauty. Weldone ma’am.


  15. Hello Precious,

    Though it is late, I just want to say “Happy Anniversary!” The meat pies look really good. I love them because they are like the perfect snack –

  16. Beautiful is not a word I would use to describe meatpies but this is one beautiful meatpie. Waoh!

  17. Beautiful is not a word I would use to describe meatpies but this is one beautiful yummy meat pie. Waoh!

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  19. Hey aunty presh…please can u fry instead of baking? If yes ,could you tell me how? Oven got bad. Or will frying it make it too oily…thanks in advance

    • It will be too oily if you fry because the dough has a lot of fat. What you can do is reduce the quantity of butter by half then add more water to form the dough. That way, there will be less fat. Hope this helps, dear.

  20. Thanks aunty presh. When I realised the oven wasn’t working I panicked. Already had all the ingredients…thx a lot

  21. Aunty presh!!! You are amazing. Thanks for the recipe. Since I wanted to deep fry, I used the fish roll dough recipe instead and meat pie filling. It came out great.

  22. Aunty presh!!!. Thanks for the recipe. Since I wanted to deep fry, I used the fish roll dough recipe instead and meat pie filling. It came out great.

  23. Precious u are the best. I made this yesterday and it was insanely delicious, all my guests so loved it. Your recipes are so genuine. U are simply the best. Your family is blessed.

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  25. Please why do we have to put in the fridge before baking?

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