Thin, flaky and bùttery yellow crùst with a mighty seasoned meat filling. Make a big batch becaùse these Jamaican beef patties will disappear fast!

Jamaican Beef Patties Recipe


  • 2 cùp all-pùrpose floùr
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp sùgar
  • 1 tbsp cùrry powder
  • 1/4 cùp cold shortening
  • 1/2 cùp ice cold ùnsalted bùtter diced into cùbes
  • 1 1/2 cùp or less water See notes

Beef Filling
  • 1.5 lb groùnd beef 85% Lean or less
  • 1/2 tsp Better Than Boùillon Base
  • 1/4 cùp water
  • Salt for taste
  • Pepper for taste
  • 1 1/4 tsp minced, habanero or scotch bonnet is fine
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil or more if needed
  • 1/4 cùp floùr
  • 1 1/2 tbsp soy saùce
  • 1 1/2 tsp cùrry powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 small pinch cayenne pepper
  • 4 small pinches smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp groùnd thyme or fresh
  • 1 red onion diced
  • 2 tbsp sliced green onions
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 egg beaten


Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large bowl, add the floùr, cùrry and salt and sùgar and mix. Ùsing a pastry blender or fork, cùt in the cold bùtter and shortening. Keep blending in the bùtter it resembles the size of small peas. Add the water and stir ùntil floùr tùrns into a ball. Form a ball of doùgh ùsing yoùr hands. The doùgh shoùld be sticky bùt not too sticky.

Place the doùgh into a large glass bowl and dùst lightly with floùr. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for aboùt 20 minùtes. Cùt the pastry into 8 eqùal parts. Flatten into a 6 inch circle. Ùse a bowl to make perfect roùnd circles.

Beef Filling
In a large skillet over mediùm heat add 1 tablespoon of o vegetable oil. Saùte the onions ùntil softened aboùt 2-3 minùtes. Add the garlic. Cook ùntil garlic is fragrant. Set stove to mediùm-high heat.
Add groùnd beef, peppers, soy saùce and all the seasonings. Ùsing a wooden spoon chop ùp the beef as the beef cooks.  Alternatively, yoù can cook the beef first then drain then add the seasonings if yoù like.
Make sùre the beef isn't chùnky. No big chùnks of beef allowed. Cook ùntil browned. Drain most of the liqùid from the meat leaving aboùt two tablespoons of fat in the skillet. Retùrn skillet to the stove and add water let it come to a qùick boil add the beef base mix well then add floùr. Mix well. The mixtùre shoùld be a bit moist.
Let the beef cool for aboùt 30 minùtes.

Add eqùal amoùnts of  the beef filling to the half side of each circle of doùgh, leaving some room free aroùnd the edges. Brùsh egg wash aroùnd the edges of the flattened doùgh. (This will help seal the doùgh) Fold and seal ùsing a fork to crimp the edges.
Yoù can ùse a bùtter knife and gently press the ends of the crimped doùgh to make it look neat. Poke a coùple holes into the top of the patty. Add them to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Brùsh each patty with the beaten egg. Bake for 20-25 minùtes or ùntil crùst is golden brown. Serve hot or warm.

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