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Can’t you just see the joy on your family’s faces when you pull this delicious French Canadian Tourtiere from the oven during the Holidays?  The golden pie crust plus all of those delicious spices will make every mouth water.  You can make the filling using your Instant Pot or Stove Top, there are recipes for both below.

Slice of tourtiere on white plate with red antipasto on the side

The best French Canadian Tourtiere is so rich and full of good things like beef, pork, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves! Juicy slice of French Canadian Tourtiere, just look at that golden pie crust.

This post was originally published on October 15, 2016 and updated October 28, 2018.

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“How do you make Tourtiere is the #1 question I get asked! And you know it is so easy to make.  The recipe comes out perfect every time, and my readers tell me that too!  The rich blend of beef, pork and spices create a special cozy dish that rests inside my perfect flaky pie crust.  I’ll show you all my tips and tricks on how to make this delicious Tourtiere.  French Canadian Tourtiere is a meat pie and you can enjoy one now and freeze one for later, because this recipe makes two Tourtiere!  You can serve a crowd of 10 or 12 with this awesome recipe.


Now I typically make the delicious beef and pork filling in my cast iron pan.  And I’ve always had to be really careful with this, because as I’m sure you know you can overcook meat if the heat is too high and it will dry out.

side view of tourtiere with pie crust maple leaves in a white baking dish and cinnamon sticks on the side.

Bubbling French Canadian Tourtiere, ready to serve for an unforgettable holiday season!



So this past week I decided to try to make this awesome tourtiere recipe in my Instant Pot pressure cooker!  And you won’t believe not only how easy it is, but how delicious and moist the result was!  I also used a frozen ready made pie crust, because I was entering a contest by Tenderflake.   I didn’t win a prize, but I think we’re the winners with this amazing recipe!

So this post has been added to.  You can make tourtiere with the classic recipe or use the alternate instructions to make the filling in the instant pot.

Unbaked french canadian tourtiere in white baking dish

Our Tourtiere is all dressed up with a maple leaf pie crust topping!


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 traditional tourtiere recipe really delivers!

french canadian tourtiere with two servings removed in white baking dish

We couldn’t wait to dig into this juicy traditional tourtiere!

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


freshly baked tourtiere in white baking dish with sprigs of thyme on top

Have a slice of this yummy Tourtiere won’t you? It’s a meal unto itself, and all you really need to add is a side salad.

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.

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.

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Or in the case of the Instant Pot Recipe just below, you can speed up the process even more by using a prepared frozen pie crust.  Honestly?  I prefer my own pie crust.  But when pressed for time, or for no reason at all, I will use ready made pie crusts.  The quality is so much better today than it was even five years ago!


I really didn’t change anything for the recipe ingredients at all, not even the water.  The filling still has to bake in the oven for 35 TO 45 minutes.

  • Use prepared frozen pie shells for the Instant Pot version of this recipe
  • Thaw the pie shells in the refrigerator while the tourtiere filling is cooking
  • Follow all the directions carefully
  • Don’t worry if the filling appears to have alot of liquid.  Some of it will bake away
  • Use pie crust cutters  (links below) to create a lovely design on your top crust or if using a solid top crust, be sure to cut several vent holes to let out the steam
  • Let the Tourtière stand for about 10 minutes before serving
  • Bon Appetit!

Whether you cook the filling on the stove top or use the Instant Pot, this traditional 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!

Slice of tourtiere on white plate with red antipasto on the side

The best French Canadian Tourtiere is so rich and full of good things like beef, pork, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves!



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I also love to use a traditional baking dish to make my Tourtiere in.  These Emile Henry baking dishes are very heavy and deep, so this two crust pie will actually fill one baking dish with just a bit leftover for a mini meat pie.  I love the cherry red color too!

And finally if you want to have fun making pie crust designs, this set of  pie crust cutters is all you need.



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 antipasto – mainly because I wanted something red!   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.

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Traditional Tourtière Recipe - French Canadian Meat Pie (Instant Pot or Stove Top)
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! We have an Instant Pot Tourtiere and a Stove Top Tourtiere - take your pick!

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: French-Canadian
Keyword: traditional tourtiere
Servings: 12 slices
Calories: 359 kcal
Author: Judy
  • 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
Instructions for Stove Top
  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 cooked down– this will take 50 – 60 minutes TIP: keep checking to make sure your burner isn’t set to high and overcooks the mixture, you don't want the meat to dry out! 

  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.
  3. 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.

  4. 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.
  5. To freeze your authentic tourtiere recipe:  double wrap in aluminum foil and then place inside a zippered freezer bag to prevent freezer burn.

Instructions for Instant Pot
  1. Get your frozen pie shells out of the freezer and let them thaw before baking

  2. In the bottom of your instant pot, place all of the ingredients: onion and celery, beef, pork, parsley, water, and all of the spices and herbs

  3. Mix the ingredients up - make sure the meats are broken down as much as possible

  4. Put the lid on your Instant Pot and set the timer to Meat/Stew for 20 minutes on High.

  5. Do a slow release for 5-7 minutes, then a fast release for the rest of the pressure.  Remove the lid and let stand for about 10 minutes.  You want to do this because the filling will be piping hot and it makes it easier to put into the pie shell

  6. Prick the bottom of the pie shells with a fork and put half of the filling in each pie shell and spread evenly.  

  7. With the two remaining pie shells, gently remove them from the pans, and roll them out on your baking mat.

  8. Using the pie crust cutters, create fun designs to cover the tourtiere mixture. OR you put the entire crust on the top, crimp the edges using your fingers.  MAKE SURE you cut a hole in the top crust for steam to escape.  

  9. 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.
  10. 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

This recipe makes two 9" pies.

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
Traditional Tourtière Recipe - French Canadian Meat Pie (Instant Pot or Stove Top)
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 a Traditional Tourtiere recipe?

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