Meat pie, is an easy-to-make gloriously delicious snack enjoyed across the world. French  Cameroonians call it Pili Pili, while in some Latin American countries, it goes by the name Empanada. Yes I call it meat pie

A few years ago, a friend of mine, (an expert meat pie maker) taught me how to put this delicacy together. During our first practical session, she demanded I put off my fish rolls gloves when making meat pie to get the best results. Today I dropped off those fish roll gloves and made the best meat pies ever!  I am glad I have mastered the skill on how to make rich Cameroon meat pie and am here to share the recipe with you all.

Because it is a widely consumed snack, there are varied recipes out there. If you are not satisfied with eating meat pie with a bread-like crust, girl I got you on this one. This recipe is soft, crispy and very delicious, it has a melting effect in the mouth!

Ah enough of the small talk, let’s see how to get it done:


(i) For the meat pie dough

  • 1 kg all purpose flour
  • 500g butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon  baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 80ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 3 teaspoons sugar
  • 4 eggs


(i) For the Filling

  • 200g ground beef
  • 1 medium-sized chopped onions
  • 1 large grated carrot
  • 1/2 sliced red bell peppers
  • A bouillon cube
  • 1 can of sardine fillets
  • chopped parsley

Extra Ingredient:

  • 1 egg (white) for brushing on the finished product
How to get it done:

It is always a smart idea to start with the filling:

Open the can of sardine fillets and drain oil into a small pot

Season the ground beef with a cube of bouillon and set aside

Fry onions in the drained sardine oil

Pour in the seasoned ground beef and give it a generous stir

Throw in carrots and bell peppers, stir and let it cook for about 5mins

Add in sardine fillet, and lastly, a tablespoon chopped parsley.


Let the whole mixture cook for about 10 mins

Remove and set aside

Making the  meat pie dough:

Now, a dough maker could make things easier, but no worries if you do not have one. Roll up your sleeves and let’s get to work:

In a large bowl, mix in all the dry ingredients

With your fingers, rub butter into the flour

Beat eggs and pour into the flour and mix

Add in 80ml (about a cup or use your baby’s bottle to measure if you are mom:-)) of milk

Knead diligently till all the ingredients are nicely incorporated.

An indication that you got the right consistency is the non-sticky nature of the dough.

 Preheat oven to 180 degrees (356F)

Cut the dough into small round balls and give it a massage in-between your two hands!


Flatten out the dough to a 2mm thickness

Place spoonfuls of the meat filling in the center of the flattened dough.


Fold from one side to meet the other side.

Firmly close the edges with your fingers

With a fork, press the edges to give it a beautiful design.

Place the folded batch on a baking sheet


Brush the meat pies with egg white

Bake in the preheated oven till it turns slightly brown, it should be about 30 mins.

Remove, let it cool



If you found this recipe helpful and informative; check out some of my other great recipes below:

P.S Watch me make some on my YouTube channel.