Tourtiere (French Canadian Meat Pies)

Prep Time
Cook Time
1h 10m
Ready In

"This is a combination of my grandmother’s and my meat pie recipes. I have omitted what I didn’t like in my grandmothers pies and added what I liked in mine and came up with this recipe. This is now the family’s meat pie recipe. Beef can be used instead of moose meat, however moose meat is much leaner thus needing more fat. If using beef, use 2 pounds ground beef and 2 pounds ground pork. This makes two very meaty meat pies."

Original recipe yields 16 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (223.3 g)
  • Calories 225
  • Total Fat - 6.3 g
  • Saturated Fat - 1.9 g
  • Cholesterol - 94.6 mg
  • Sodium - 296.3 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 15.2 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 1.9 g
  • Sugars - 3.5 g
  • Protein - 26.9 g
  • Calcium - 39.4 mg
  • Iron - 2.4 mg
  • Vitamin C - 7.9 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.4 mg

Step 1

Combine ground meat, onions, garlic, carrot, spices, water and Worcestershire sauce in a large skillet or pot and bring to a boil.

Step 2

Reduce heat and cook uncovered for 20 minutes, or long enough to remove pink from meat. Mixture should be moist, not watery. If there is too much liquid, drain a bit out.

Step 3

Mix in the potatoes and adjust the seasoning.

Step 4


Step 5

Fill crust, cover with top crust and seal edges. Cut vent holes.

Step 6

Combine egg and water and brush over pastry crust.

Step 7

Bake at 425 for 10 minutes, reduce heat to 350 and bake 30 minutes or until lightly browned.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.


Mmm this was so good! I made a Bechamel sauce to pour over the top, and it was a great idea. So yummy!

review by:
(8 Feb 2020)


I used ground beef in place of the moose along with ground pork and it turned out fabulous! We loved this so much. I made a white sauce to pour over the top and everyone was tripping over themselves to get a piece!

review by:
(30 Dec 2013)