Spicy Meat Pies

spicy meat pies

Spicy Meat Pies

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This is a tasty and traditional Christmas recipe for spicy meat pies. The mixture of beef, onion and spices make a tasty filling to put inside a savory pastry crust.
Servings: 25 pies
Calories: 135
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes


  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • 1 green pepper deseeded and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 8 oz minced beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato ketchup
  • 1/4 pint beef stock
  • 2 teaspoons plain flour
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • salt and pepper

for the shortcrust pastry

  • 12 oz plain flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 6 oz margarine
  • 3 tablespoons cold water
  • beaten egg to glaze


for the shortcrust pastry

  • Sift the flour and salt into a bowl. Cut the margarine into small pieces and rub into the flour until
  • the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add enough water to mix to a soft dough.
  • Fry the vegetables in the oil until soft. Add the minced beef and cook gently for 5 minutes. Stir in the chilli powder, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup and stock, and simmer gently for 15 minutes.
  • Mix the flour with a little cold water to form a smooth paste, add to the pan and simmer for a further 5 minutes. Season and leave to cool. Make the shortcrust pastry as below.
  • Roll out thinly on a lightly floured work surface then, using a floured tartlet cutter, stamp out 24 rounds. Use a slightly smaller cutter to stamp out 24 lids.
  • Place the larger rounds into lightly greased tartlet tins and put a spoonful of the mince mixture in each.
  • Dampen the edges of the pastry with a little water and cover each one with a pastry lid. Seal the edges, brush with beaten egg and bake in a moderately hot oven for about 20 minutes.
  • A quick way of making shortcrust: chill the fat in the freezer, dip in the flour, then grate coarsely. Mix into flour with enough water to bind.


Oven temperature 200°C, 400°F, gas 6
Calories: 135 kcal
Carbohydrates: 12 g
Protein: 3 g
Fat: 8g
Saturated Fat: 2 g
Trans Fat: 1 g
Cholesterol: 13 mg
Sodium: 190 mg
Potassium: 75 mg
Fiber: 1 g
Sugar: 1 g
Vitamin A: 289 IU
Vitamin C: 4 mg
Calcium: 10 mg
Iron: 1 mg
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