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“How do I make an authentic Tourtiere recipe is the #1 question I get asked for the #1 recipe on this blog!

Well traditionally a French-Canadian dish, an authentic tourtiere recipe is often served during the Holidays, like Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Years, but I like to have a few of these hearty meat pies in the freezer for those days you just don’t have time to cook.

Now I know the main focus of this blog is easy family recipes, but I also have a passion for golden flaky pie crust.  And this tourtiere recipe really delivers!

“How do I make an authentic Tourtiere recipe when my schedule is jammed packed with everyone and everything else?”


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We even have them after a long afternoon on the golf course!  This is one meat pie recipe you will want to serve anytime, not just during the Holidays.  The blending of different meats, herbs and spices in this authentic tourtiere recipe will have your mouth watering long before the pie is ready to serve.  But be patient!  The pie crust  and delicious filling in this recipe is worth the wait.

Classic French Canadian Tourtière | Kitchen Vignettes | PBS Food

Dec 18, 2013 Tourtière is one of those decadent holiday recipes that I only make once a year. I love preparing it because it reconnects me with my French Canadian roots. It’s a traditional Québecois meat pie that combines ground pork and beef with potatoes , onions, and spices, all enveloped in a buttery pie crust.

What is in a Tourtière?  Well in addition to deliciously lean cuts of beef and pork, that are slowly simmered, I think the unique combination of Tourtiere spices that includes cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and summer savoury, provide an earthy, rich flavour.

Need a Pie Crust Recipe? No problem!  Check out my post Five Steps To Make Perfect Pie Crust. 

This authentic tourtiere recipe can be made ahead in a batch and frozen, either in the large 9.5” family size, or in an individual 4” size.  Pop the frozen Tourtière into the oven for 30-35 minutes, add a salad and presto!  A meal in minutes. Alternatively, bake the pie in a microwavable dish, and dinner can be ready quicker than that!

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An easy recipe, and perfect for beginner pie bakers.  This Tourtière recipe is based upon the Mme Jehane Benoit Tourtière recipe, so I hope you enjoy it!

Not sure what to serve with a Tourtière?  Shown here with a tart tomato relish, but you can use your imagination and add any type of side dish.  The Tourtiere is a meal unto itself, so I tend to choose lighter sides, like a tossed salad, or grilled root vegetables.

Authentic Tourtière Recipe - French Canadian Meat Pie
Prep Time
2 hrs 30 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
3 hrs 15 mins
A traditional French-Canadian dish, Tourtière, or meat pie is usually served around the festive season. It's such a hearty meal and easy to make in batches, so batch bake several and put them in the freezer. You can pull one out and pop it in the oven one night when you are pressed for time. Just add a salad!
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: French-Canadian
Servings: 12 slices
Calories: 359 kcal
  • 2 pie crust recipe uses lard, makes top and bottom crust
  • 2 lb. ground beef lean
  • 1 ½ lb. ground pork lean
  • 2 onions large, cooking
  • 1 cup celery chopped
  • 1 cup parsley chopped
  • 1 ½ c water filtered
  • 3 tsp summer savory dried
  • 1 tsp cinnamon ground
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2/3 cup rolled oats large flake
  • 1 egg yolk large
  • 3 tsp. milk
  • 1 tsp cloves ground
  1. In a large saucepan with a heavy bottom, (at least 3 quarts/litres) cook, beef, pork, chopped onion, celery, parsley, water, and all of the spices and herbs – on medium heat, until the mixture comes to a boil and the meat is broken down and looks crumbly – this will take 15-20 minutes (the meat should not be pink).  Then let the mixture simmer on low heat until the liquid is gone – this will take 50 – 60 minutes TIP: keep checking to make sure your burner isn’t set to high and overcooks the mixture.
  2. Once cooked, stir in the oats and set aside to cool.  If you didn’t have time to make your pastry you can cover the mixture and put it in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.
Putting it together
  1. Put half of the meat mixture into one pie shell.  Roll out the top crust and with the edges moistened (see 5 Steps to Perfect Pie Crust!) flute the two crusts together with your fingers.  Brush the crust with a mixture of the milk and egg yolk (this will give the crust a golden glow) Cut vents in the top crust to allow steam to escape.  Repeat for the second pie.

  2. Bake in the bottom third of the oven at 400F for 35 to 45 minutes or until the crust is golden.  Let the pie stand for 5-10 minutes before serving.  It will be piping hot!  Each pie will serve 6 to 8 people.
  3. To freeze your authentic tourtiere recipe:  double wrap in aluminum foil and then place inside a zippered freezer bag to prevent freezer burn.

Recipe Notes

Tip: you can get the bottom crust ready, but leave the rolling of the top crust until you have your filling prepared. Prep time includes the chilling of the pastry dough.

Nutrition Facts
Authentic Tourtière Recipe - French Canadian Meat Pie
Amount Per Serving
Calories 359 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 23g 35%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 70mg 23%
Sodium 181mg 8%
Potassium 337mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 1g
Protein 16g 32%
Vitamin A 10.9%
Vitamin C 10.8%
Calcium 6.5%
Iron 18.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

So I hope this post answered your question “How Do I Make an authentic Tourtiere recipe?

What is your favorite meat or savory pie? Let me know if you have tried the recipe, or if you need help in any way.


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