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African Meat Pie

African Meat Pie (Beef Empanada)

African style empanadas - slightly sweet , flaky and crusty with a succulent filling. 
Course Appetizer
Cuisine African
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 12
Calories 365kcal
Author Imma


  • 4 cup or (544 g) flour (plus more for dusting)
  • 2 tablespoon or (25 g) sugar
  • ½ tablespoon or (8.53 g) salt
  • 8 ounce or (228 g) butter
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup or (177.75 ml) milk

Meat Filling

  • 2 tablespoon or (30 ml) canola oil
  • ½ pound or (226.80 g) ground meat
  • ½ medium onion chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon chicken bouillon powder (optional)
  • ½ cup or (112.5 g) tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon or (6.90 g) smoked paprika
  • 2 green onion chopped
  • 2 tablespoon parsley
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • salt to taste
  • 2 boil eggs (optional)


  • In a food processor or by hand, mix together salt, sugar ,butter blend well Add the egg, milk in small amounts, pulse until combined and dough holds together in a soft ball.
  • Place the dough on a well floured surface . Divide it into 2 and roll it out .
  • Using a large mouth, glass glass or bowl about 4 - 5 " cut out circles by gently pressing on the dough and releasing it, shaping the meat pie dough. Continue cutting out dough until all dough has been cut. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or until ready to use.

Make the Meat pie filling

  • Add 2 tablespoon of oil to a sauce pan, followed by onions, garlic, chicken bouillon tomato sauce and paprika . Let it simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent burning, add about ½ cup of water if needed.
  • Then, add ground meat and continue cooking for about 10 or more minutes.
  • Finally add green onions and parsley, white pepper. Followed by salt to  taste  Adjust seasonings to taste .
  • Remove from stove top and let it cool.

Assembling Meat pie

  • Scoop a heaping tablespoon of filling into each circle, top with egg and brush the egg white around half of the circle. Fold over twist and and press with fingers gently to seal the edges of the meat pie.
  • Another way of sealing is by pressing the tines of a fork along the edges of the dough.
  • Carefully place each meat pie  on a baking sheet  or you may freeze to use later.
  • Set oven temperature to 350 degrees .Bake for about 30 minutes .


Calories: 365kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 522mg | Potassium: 197mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 850IU | Vitamin C: 2.4mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 2.8mg