Mini Beef and Guinness Pies

How to make mini meat filled pies with ground beef cooked with onions, carrots and Guinness stout beer. Jump to the Mini Beef and Guinness Pies Recipe or read on to see our tips for making them.

Mini Beef and Guinness Pies

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How to Make Mini Beef Pies

These mini pies are perfect for lunch, snacks or dinner.

How to Make Mini Beef and Stout Beer Pies

The filling is made with ground beef that is browned in a skillet alongside onions and carrots. We add thyme, garlic and tomato paste then stir in a little flour to help thicken the mixture when we add the Guinness. In goes a handful of peas and we are ready to fill our pies.

Making the beef and Guinness filling

You can use store-bought or homemade pie dough for these. We are in love with this pie crust recipe and highly recommend it. It’s an all-butter crust and bakes up to be extra flaky.

WATCH: How to Make an All-Butter Flaky Pie Crust

Ready to bake

After filling, seal the pies and then brush the tops with egg wash. The pies bake for about 20 minutes. You will love them!

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Recipe updated, originally posted February 2012. Since posting this in 2012, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear. – Adam and Joanne

Mini Beef and Guinness Pies

  • PREP
  • COOK

If you are a fan of stout beer, you will love these. We use store-bought pie crust to reduce prep time, but you could always make your own homemade dough. This All-Butter Pie Crust recipe is our favorite.

Makes 8 mini pies

You Will Need

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

6 ounces lean ground beef

Salt and fresh ground black pepper

1 medium onion, diced (about 3/4 cup)

2 medium carrots, diced (about 1/2 cup)

1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed

1 teaspoon dried thyme

1 garlic clove, minced

1 tablespoon tomato paste

1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

3/4 cup stout beer (we use Guinness)

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon sugar

2 refrigerated pie crusts, softened as directed on package (we used Pillsbury)

1 large egg

1 tablespoon water


  • Make Filling
  • 1In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the beef and season with 1/2 teaspoon salt then cook 3 to 5 minutes until browned, stirring frequently to break up beef. Add onions and carrot and cook 3 to 5 minutes or until softened. Stir in thyme and garlic. Cook 1 minute.

    2Reduce heat to medium-low. Stir in the tomato paste and flour then cook, while stirring, for 1 minute. Add beer and peas and cook while stirring, until the beer thickens, about 1 minute. Stir in Worcestershire sauce and sugar. Season to taste with additional salt. Remove from heat then cool 10 minutes.

  • To Finish
  • 1Meanwhile, heat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with foil.

    2Unroll pie dough on work surface. Using a 4-inch round cookie cutter, cut 8 dough rounds.

    3In a small bowl, beat the egg and water with fork until well blended. Brush a small amount of egg wash around the edge of each dough round.

    4Spoon 1 to 2 tablespoons cooled beef mixture onto half of each dough round. Fold dough over the beef mixture (pies will be full). Press edges with a fork to seal. Using a knife, cut 3 small slits in tops.

    5Place mini pies onto the cookie sheet then lightly brush tops with egg wash. Bake 18 to 24 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 10 minutes before serving.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • This recipe was created for Pillsbury and we are so happy to share it with you.

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AUTHOR:  Adam and Joanne Gallagher
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7 comments… Leave a Review
  • Misayo March 16, 2021, 9:03 pm

    It was amazing!! My boyfriend, who is a super picky eater, ate 2 bowls:) Thanks for the wonderful recipe.

  • Linda November 29, 2014, 3:10 pm

    What temperature should the oven be

    • Joanne December 4, 2014, 4:04 pm

      The oven should be 375ºF.

  • julie March 19, 2012, 9:55 am

    This was really good and easy. I used Sam Adams Cream Stout because I made this the day after st. patty’s and guiness was nowhere to be found. It was delicious nonetheless. I would love to try this with ground turkey too. Thanks!

    • Joanne March 19, 2012, 10:38 am

      so glad you liked them!

  • CJ @ Morsels of Life February 19, 2012, 6:53 pm

    These look so good! I’ll have to give them a try. 🙂

  • Elen Grey February 17, 2012, 4:27 pm

    Adam and I are of one mind when it comes to Guinness. 🙂 I’m printing this. Mr. G, honey will love them.


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