Tourtiere (Meat Pie)

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This homemade Savory Meat Pie recipe is a hearty dish that can easily be prepared ahead of time!

Made with all the comfort of potatoes and onions, ground meat, and some warm spices all tucked into a flaky crust.

Savory Meat Pie slice taken out of the pie to show filling

What is a Meat Pie?

A meat pie can come in many variations from a shepherd’s pie, kidney pie, or a “pasty” depending on the country they’re made in. This is a version of tourtiere, a Canadian meat pie made with pork, beef or often veal (I use ground beef in place of veal).

This pie is known as “tourtiere” and is a favorite year-round but we especially enjoy it at Christmas time! It has some warm spices including a hint of allspice and cloves that give its distinctive flavor.

ingredients to make Savory Meat Pie-Tourtiere

Ingredients & Variations

CRUST For this recipe you can either use a store-bought double pie crust, pastry or a homemade pastry crust.

MEAT Made with the perfect combination of ground beef, pork, and savory spices this recipe is full of flavor! You can easily replace the ground pork with ground beef or replace a portion of the ground beef with additional ground pork to make this recipe with whatever you have available.

POTATOES Mashed potatoes are key in this recipe as they help with consistency and make the filling hold together.

top view of ingredients in a pan to make Savory Meat Pie-Tourtiere

How to Make Meat Pie

Making a homemade meat pie doesn’t have to be complicated.

  1. Peel and dice a potato and set it in water to boil. Mash.
  2. Meanwhile, brown the meat with garlic and onion.
  3. Add the potato and remaining ingredients to the meat and cook until thickened.
  4. Place mixture in a pie crust and cover with the top crust, sealing the edges. Bake until golden.

Serve with a slice of homemade garlic bread and a fresh tossed salad or cucumber tomato salad for a yummy meal!

process of making a Savory Meat Pie-Tourtiere

Tips for the Best Meat Pie

  • To save time use a prepared pie crust and premake the filling. Or premake the entire pie and freeze (before baking) for later! Then just bake as directed.
  • To avoid bursting at the seams, cut slits into the top of the pie to allow steam to escape.
  • Let the pie sit for 10-15 minutes to allow the juices to reabsorb and the pie to better hold its shape when sliced and served.


The best way to store a meat pie is to keep it in the pie pan, cover with foil and store it in the refrigerator.

To Reheat: Scoop a portion onto a microwave-safe plate and heat until piping hot.

To Freeze: Cover it completely and label it with the date. Bake from frozen in the oven up to an hour and 30 minutes or until it’s bubbly and the crust is browned.

Savory Pie Recipes

Did you enjoy this savory Meat Pie? Be sure to leave a rating and a comment below!

Savory Meat Pie slice taken out of the pie to show filling
4.92 from 57 votes
Review Recipe

Tourtiere (Meat Pie)

Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 6 slices
This easy meat pie is made is a hearty and delicious mixture that is baked inside a flaky pie crust!


  • 1 pound lean ground pork
  • ½ pound lean ground beef
  • 1 small onion finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 large russet potato peeled & cubed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground sage
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
  • teaspoon cloves
  • ½ cup beef broth
  • 1-2 tablespoons breadcrumbs if needed
  • pastry for a 9-inch double-crust pie

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  • Bring potatoes to a boil in salted water. Simmer 15 minutes or until tender. Drain well and mash.
  • While potatoes are cooking, brown ground beef, pork, onion, and garlic until no pink remains using a spoon to break it up. Add remaining ingredients (including mashed potatoes) except for pie crust and bread crumbs.
  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes or until thickened. Add 1 tablespoon of breadcrumbs to help the mixture hold together if needed. Cool for 20 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 425°F.
  • Line a deep-dish pie plate with crust and add filling.
  • Add top crust and seal edges. Add a few slits to allow steam to escape. Brush crust with beaten egg if desired.
  • Bake for 45-55 minutes or until bubbly and crust is golden.

Recipe Notes

  • To save time use a prepared pie crust and premake the filling. Or premake the entire pie and freeze (before baking) for later! Then just bake as directed.
  • To avoid bursting at the seams, cut slits into the top of the pie to allow steam to escape.
  • Let the pie sit for 10-15 minutes to allow the juices to reabsorb and the pie to better hold its shape when sliced and served

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1slice, Calories: 558, Carbohydrates: 36g, Protein: 25g, Fat: 34g, Saturated Fat: 12g, Cholesterol: 79mg, Sodium: 742mg, Potassium: 557mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 40mg, Iron: 4mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Course Beef, Dinner, Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American, French
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Savory Meat Pie in a pie plate with writing
Savory Meat Pie on a plate with writing
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    1. Hi Brigitte, we didn’t blind bake the crust for this recipe and still had great results. If you decide to blind bake the crust we would love to hear how it turns out.

  1. This recipe is similar to the French Canadian recipe in Maine we use pork simmered with onion sage allspice poultry seasoning salt and pepper we simmer for 1 hour add flour one large potato mashed before adding to make mixture put in a pie crust and bake it is served after midnight mass it is a Christmas tradition

    1. if you have that French Canadian recipe, any chance you could share it with me? I used to live in Canada and miss much of what we used to have in the way of food up there. I only recently learned how to make pea meal bacon for example. Oh, and butter tarts.

    2. Hi! Clarifying question before I make this dish tonight. In step 3, what exactly are we boiling? I reread the recipe and article, but it isn’t clear what is boiled in step three. Thank you in advance!

      1. The browned meat, onion, spices and 1/2 cup of beef broth. It doesn’t have to boil long as there isn’t much broth.

  2. I don’t understand what you mean about the potatoes. So do you…

    • boil then put them in with the meat,onions, garlic, etc
    •mash them then put them in
    •mash them with butter and milk then put them with everything

    That part is never clarified in the recipe.

    1. The potatoes are boiled in step one and once cooked mash them, set them aside.
      Brown the meat and then add the remaining ingredients (except breadcrumbs) including the potatoes you mashed in step 1. (There is a photo in the post showing this step).

      No additional butter or milk are needed, the potatoes help bind the ingredients in the crust.

    1. Hi J, If you are finding the crust is browning quickly you can tent it with tin foil to prevent it from overcooking. Hope that helps!

    2. I thought this seemed like a long time too! I put my pie in the oven at 425 degrees as indicated, and set the timer for 30 minutes. I checked after 25 minutes and the edges of my crust were already burned. The meat filling was piping hot and cooked through after 25 minutes.4 stars

      1. If you are finding the crust is browning quickly you can tent it with tin foil to prevent it from overcooking. Hope that helps!

  3. Made this last night. Loved the flavor. But i went a different direction, i used garlic mashed potatos to “lather” into the pork and beef and as far as the spices.. a little salt, pepper and then small thin layer or spots of medium heat salsa. It was DELISH!5 stars

  4. I made this Tourtiere Pie tonight for dinner, I cheated as I had a pre-made crust. It turned out awesome! Lovely flaky crust with a savoury filling. Husband was very impressed.5 stars

      1. Hi Sylver, in Step 2 we add the remaining ingredients which would include the spices. Hope that helps!

  5. Loved the mashed potatoes in this recipe.
    They act as a thickening agent,yes?
    I also added chopped carrots and celery.

    I am confused with the methodology of this recipe. I added the 1/2 cup of broth,but there is no way this would come to a boil.
    The broth is totally absorbed.
    I must be missing something here.
    Please let me know your thoughts5 stars

    1. If the broth was absorbed, you could certainly cook it for less time. Mine has enough liquid to simmer for a little bit and thicken up.

  6. I made this Tourtiere, (meat pie) and it was as delicious as it looked. I didn’t mash the potatoes but cut them into small cubes and combined them with the meat. I left out the dried Thyme because I don’t really like the flavor, I used Rosemary crushed instead. It is just my husband and myself to eat all of this, so we ate it for a couple of meals plus some lunches. I will make this again.5 stars

    1. Yes, that will work fine. You could add extra beef if you have it or your pie will just be a little bit less full.

    2. Great recipe. I personally feel it needs more then half a cup of broth. The broth was completely absorbed and nothing was left boil. But, maybe that’s because I drained my beef. I’ll try it again with more broth.

      1. Glad you are enjoying it, Becca! You will have to let us know how it turns out with more broth added.

  7. Hi Holly..I know its difficult for you to promote various products..but PLEASE..what prepared /store bought crust do you personally favor?

    1. I usually buy Pillsbury because I like that they’re not frozen, I find them to be flaky and I love that I can roll them a little if needed and place them into my own pie plates (so nobody can tell it’s not homemade ;) ).

  8. Just a bit confused, here…You list 1 Russett potato in the ingredients, but refer to ‘potatoes’ in the directions…how big should the russett be and should there be more than 1 potato in the recipe?

    1. Sorry for the confusion. You will use 1 potato (it doesn’t have to be a specific size, the purpose is to bind meat together somewhat). It is cut and cubed so I refer to the cubes as potatoes.

    2. The potato is being used as a thickener as the author explained. If you use a russet, theyr3 pretty uniform in size, or use two, but after u mash it it goes into the mixture with the other stuff. You’ll never find the potato if u mash it well. If I want potato in the meat, then put two and just mash one. It’s a matter of preference that’s why a size for potato isn’t given. Referring to it as potatoes is a manner of speech. If I was adding mashed potatoes to my fish, I’d say potatoes to.