Louisiana Fried Meat Pies With Cajun Tartar Sauce

Total Time
1hr 5mins
Prep 45 mins
Cook 20 mins

Right out of Natchitoches, Louisiana.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large skillet heat 1 teaspoon oil and cook beef and pork, stirring occasionally, until browned, about 5 to 6 minutes.
  2. Add onions, bell peppers, celery, salt, cayenne and black pepper. Cook, stirring often, until the vegetables are wilted, about 10 to 12 minutres. Add the garlic and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Dissolve the flour in the water and add to the meat mixture. Stir until the mixture thickens slightly, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and add green onions. Mix well and let cool.
  4. In a mixing bowl, sift together flour, salt and baking powder. Cut in the shortening until mixture resembles coarse meal. In a small bowl, beat the egg with the milk. Gradually add the egg mixture to the flour mixture, working it to make a thick dough.
  5. Pinch off a medium size ball of dough. Roll out ball of dough on lightly floured surface until you get approximately 5 inch cirlce. Place about 1/4 cup of meat filling in the center of each round and brush edges lightly with egg wash. Fold edges together and crimp closed with a fork.
  6. Heat oil in a deep pot or electric deep-fryer to 360 degrees. Fry the pies, in batches, until golden. Drain on paper towels and serve immediately.
  7. Instructions for Cajun Tartar Sauce:.
  8. Place the egg, garlic, lemon juice, parsley and green onions in a food processor and process for about 15 seconds until pureed. With the processor running, pour the oil through the feed tube in a steady stream. Add the cayenne, mustard and salt.
Most Helpful

This recipe was great! Had to leave the celery out because I am allergic to the stuff. I recommend using corn oil for the vegetable oil ( I am allergic to soy as well so soybean oil is contraband in my household). Corn oil seems to add flavor, to me anyways.

chancemichael July 18, 2013

I made this recipe for my in-laws who are from Louisiana & they absolutely loved them. I did a few things different such as I didn't fry them I used a pre made refrigerated pie crust & baked them. I also used 3/4 tsp of cayenne pepper instead of the 1/4 tsp and I also let everything just cook down alot longer than the recipe called for. Over all this is the best one so far & give it a A ! Enjoy we did!!!

msulmer09 October 18, 2011

I am in the process of making this right now!! I too added additional cayenne pepper and salt. I also added about 1/4 tsp beef base mixed in 1/4 cup water and it settled in very nicely! If I can stop eating the beef mixture, maybe my husband will be able to try it! I did not add the flour because we aren't much of "gravy" people. My husband grew up in Trinidad and Tobago and seems to prefer drier meats. Thanks!

garcia in the kitchen March 21, 2014