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French Canadian Tourtière (Meat Pie)

When it comes to Canadian cuisine, most people think of maple syrup, poutine, and smoked salmon.

Lately, I’ve been in the mood for Tourtière – a savoury French Canadian meat pie. To save time, I’ve used a ready-made pie shell, which you’ll find in the freezer section at the grocery store. If you have the time to make the pastry from scratch, I have used this recipe for the Perfect Pie Crust from Simply Recipes and it works perfectly!

Serve this French Canadian tourtière with a simple salad and little HP Sauce or chutney.

French Canadian Tourtiere Meat Pie

French Canadian Tourtière (Meat Pie)

French Canadian Tourtière (Meat Pie)


1 tablespoon butter (or bacon fat)
1 large white onion, finely diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 pound ground pork
½ pound ground beef
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
¾ cup beef broth
½ teaspoon sage
A pinch of ground cloves
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
2 pie shells, 9-inch
1 tablespoon cream or milk


  1. Heat a large frying pan over medium heat. Add butter, onion and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally until onion starts to brown, about 12 minutes.
  2. Add pork, beef, salt and pepper; cook and stir, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon until fully cooked, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add beef broth; cook, stirring occasionally until most of the liquid evaporates, about 10 minutes.
  4. Stir in sage, cloves and parsley. Set aside to cool.
  5. Spoon meat mixture into thawed pie shell and cover with second pie shell. Using the ends of a fork, crimp edges of pie shells together to seal. Brush with cream and cut 3 steam vents with a small knife in the centre.
  6. Bake at 425°F for 20 minutes, then reduce heat to 350°F and bake for an additional 30 minutes.

Tourtière Tips:

  • A jabbing motion with a wooden spoon is the easiest way to break up the ground meat.
  • Take the ready-made pie shells out of the freezer 15 minutes before you need them.
  • If you don’t have ground cloves, try adding a pinch of nutmeg, allspice, or cinnamon instead.
  • This pie can be served warm or cold.

slice of tourtiere, a savoury meat pie

One comment

  1. Tracey McCulloch

    This is a great recipe for tourtiere pie. My family loves this very much. Thank you for all that you do!