Traditional French Canadian Tourtiere


Originally from my grandma's recipe box, the secret of this delectable Christmas treasure is found in the ground cloves and chicken seasoning. We've always made our tourtieres en grand (in large quantity), as they freeze great making them a terrific quick fix throughout the busy holiday season!

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 45 mins
8 tourtieres


  • 8 pounds ground pork

  • 8 pounds ground beef

  • 4 cups finely chopped onion

  • 6 cups water

  • 2 ½ tablespoons salt

  • 2 teaspoons pepper

  • 2 teaspoons allspice

  • 1 ¾ teaspoons ground cloves

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ¼ cup liquid chicken seasoning

  • 8 (15 ounce) packages pastry for double-crust pie


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  2. In a large pot, mix the pork, beef, onion, and water. Season with salt, pepper, allspice, cloves, cinnamon, and chicken seasoning. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer 30 minutes.

  3. Drain liquid from pot into a bowl. Transfer remaining meat mixture to a separate bowl and chill until ready to use. Place bowl with liquid in the refrigerator and chill 1 hour, or until fat has congealed on the surface.

  4. Scrape and discard fat from the chilled liquid. Spoon the meat mixture into pie crusts. Add 1 tablespoon of reserved liquid to each pie. (This prevents them from becoming to dry.) Place top crust on top of each pie and pinch edges to seal. Cut slits in top crust so steam can escape.

  5. Bake in preheated oven until golden brown, about 50 minutes. Serve immediately or freeze until ready to use.

To re-heat baked tourtieres

Place dabs of butter on vent holes in pastry. Cover edges of tourtiere with aluminum foil, and re-heat at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 20 minutes, or until heated through.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

468 Calories
31g Fat
23g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 64
Calories 468
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 31g 40%
Saturated Fat 10g 49%
Cholesterol 71mg 24%
Sodium 588mg 26%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 23g
Vitamin C 1mg 5%
Calcium 22mg 2%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 304mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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