Recipe: Ghana Style Corned Beef Meat Pie (Easy Method)

Ghanaian meat pies are a popular street food snack in Ghana. The pastry is often more desirable than the filling, and people will travel long distances to buy their favorite pie from a particular vendor. If you struggle with making shortcrust pastry, this recipe is for you. It is easy to make and the result is a crumbly, rich pastry that melts in your mouth.

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Table of Contents


  • 500g plain flour
  • 500g vegetable fat spread (for baking and cooking) or margarine
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 egg, for brushing
  • 340g corned beef
  • 1/3 cup red onion, diced
  • 1/3 cup fresh tomatoes, diced
  • 1 Maggie cube, crushed


  1. Prepare the pie filling: Heat a frying pan or pot over medium heat. Add the diced onion and cook until softened. Add the diced tomatoes and stir. Season with the crushed Maggie cube and cook for 1 minute. Add the corned beef and stir. Cook for another minute and remove from heat.
  2. Make the pastry: Sift the flour and nutmeg into a bowl. Add the vegetable fat spread and use your fingertips to incorporate it into the flour. The dough will be soft and sticky, but this is okay.
  3. Roll out the pastry: On a floured surface, roll out the dough into a thin sheet. Use a round cookie cutter or a shaped cutter of your choice to cut out the pastry into desired shapes.
  4. Fill the pies: Place a spoonful of the filling in the center of each pastry shape. Fold the pastry over and crimp the edges with a fork or your fingers. Use a fork to create holes on top of the pie to allow steam to escape.
  5. Bake the pies: Grease and flour a baking tray. Place the pies on the baking tray and brush the surface with the beaten egg. Bake in a preheated oven at 200 degrees Celsius for 20-30 minutes, or until golden brown.
  6. Serve the pies warm or cold.