Jamaican Beef Patties

Jamaican Beef Patties – Thin, flaky and buttery yellow crust with a mighty seasoned curried beef filling. Make a big batch because this Jamaican beef patty will disappear fast!

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Jamaican Beef Patties
Recipe and photos were updated on 2/3/2018.

Jamaican Beef Patties

Melt in your mouth easy Jamaican beef patties seasoned with a good dose of curry in the flaky yellow crust and in the beef filling. The beef patties crusts are flaky and buttery.

The ground beef filling is grounded just right and seasoned with peppers, curry, onions, garlic, green onions, thyme, paprika and soy sauce. Just so damn good! 


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These patties are great for parties. Your guest may just fight over the last one. Pinterest fans love this recipe!

When I was a kid, my Jamaican neighbors invited my siblings and me over for a party and that was the time I tried homemade Jamaican beef patties.

Man, there were so good! Ever since then, I’ve been in love with them.  Back in the day, I used to buy beef patties from Jamaican restaurants or the store. 

These days, I make my own homemade beef patties. The smell of curry in these beef patties are amazing. I grew up with friends many friends from the Caribbean and their parents cooked with curry religiously. I’ve love the scent of curry so I was I was always more than excited when my friends invited me over for food.  

Jamaican Beef Patties


Jamaican beef patties are a delicious caribbean meat patty that’s filled with peppers and juicydelicious seasoned beef. Perfect to make for lunch, dinner, for parties or serve as a snack. 


These beef patties freeze great too.  To make them ahead of time make them up until they are ready to be baked then freeze them. 

If you are not ready to bake them, put them on a sheet pan and place them in the freezer. Once the patties firm up, place them in a Ziploc bag. When you are ready to them Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.

Place the Jamaican patty on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper and bake 25 minutes or until golden.

Make sure you make the homemade crust and not the store-bought kind. You won’t achieve the same flaky crust or flavor with the store brands. I ate 5 of these in a row!

They are that good! I always use a scotch bonnet pepper but if I can’t find it then I’ll use a habanero pepper. Either one is just fine. If you aren’t a fan a spicy food, leave out the pepper or use half of the peppers and remove the seeds.

Jamaican Beef Patties

If you are not a fan of curry or the scent then this recipe may not be for you. You can probably leave out the curry or add whatever seasonings you like but I truly believe you will love it in this recipe.


If you are not experienced with making dough you can purchase an empanada maker. It makes perfect neat patties fast. I didn’t have one when I made these patties but ended up buying one because it’s great for beginners.  I purchased this ONE.  Just make sure you don’t fill the empanada maker with too much filling.

Cover the empanada maker in a bit of flour so the dough doesn’t stick to it. You can trim the excess dough that will hang once you close the empanada maker.

I hope you can try out these Jamaican beef patties. I’m sure they will be a hit with you and your family and friends.

This recipe can also be substituted with Chicken, pork, sausage, etc.

If  you like this Jamaican patty recipe you may also like: The Best Meatloaf Recipe, Salisbury Steak with Onion Gravy, Taco Spaghetti, Cheesy Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread Tamale Pie, Enfrijoladas

Jamaican Beef Patties

Jamaican Beef Patties

April Boller Wright
Thin, flaky and buttery yellow crust with a mighty seasoned meat filling. Make a big batch because these Jamaican beef patties will disappear fast!
5 from 57 votes
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Dinner, Lunch, Snack
Cuisine Caribbean, Jamaican



  • 2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 1/4 cup cold shortening
  • 1/2 cup ice cold unsalted butter diced into cubes
  • 1 1/2 cup or less water See notes

Beef Filling

  • 1.5 lb ground beef 85% Lean or less
  • 1/2 tsp Better Than Bouillon Base
  • 1/4 cup 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 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 small pinch cayenne pepper
  • 4 small pinches smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground 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 flour, curry and salt and sugar and mix. Using a pastry blender or fork, cut in the cold butter and shortening. Keep blending in the butter it resembles the size of small peas. Add the water and stir until flour turns into a ball. Form a ball of dough using your hands. The dough should be sticky but not too sticky.
  • Place the dough into a large glass bowl and dust lightly with flour. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes. Cut the pastry into 8 equal parts. Flatten into a 6 inch circle. Use a bowl to make perfect round circles. 

Beef Filling

  • In a large skillet over medium heat add 1 tablespoon of o vegetable oil. Saute the onions until softened about 2-3 minutes. Add the garlic. Cook until garlic is fragrant. Set stove to medium-high heat. 
    Add ground beef, peppers, soy sauce and all the seasonings. Using a wooden spoon chop up the beef as the beef cooks.  Alternatively, you can cook the beef first then drain then add the seasonings if you like. 
    Make sure the beef isn't chunky. No big chunks of beef allowed. Cook until browned. Drain most of the liquid from the meat leaving about two tablespoons of fat in the skillet. Return skillet to the stove and add water let it come to a quick boil add the beef base mix well then add flour. Mix well. The mixture should be a bit moist.
    Let the beef cool for about 30 minutes.
  • Add equal amounts of  the beef filling to the half side of each circle of dough, leaving some room free around the edges. Brush egg wash around the edges of the flattened dough. (This will help seal the dough) Fold and seal using a fork to crimp the edges. 
    You can use a butter knife and gently press the ends of the crimped dough to make it look neat. Poke a couple holes into the top of the patty. Add them to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
    Brush each patty with the beaten egg. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Serve hot or warm. 


  1. If you have issues working with dough try purchasing an empanada maker. It will make perfect patties and it will save you so much time! Read the post for usage tips. 
  2. Gradually add water to the dough. You may not have to add the entire 1 1/2 cup of water.  Start with 1/4 cup of water then add a tablespoon more at a time. If the dough is dry add more water if its too wet then add a bit more flour.
Make ahead and freeze
Make the beef patties up them up until they are ready to be baked. If you are not ready to bake them, put them on a sheet pan and place them in the freezer. Once the patties firm up, place them in a ziploc bag.
When you are ready to bake the beef patties, Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the beef patties on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper and bake 25 minutes or until golden.
Frozen beef patties:  Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Freeze up to three months .  Do not thaw the beef patties just bake as soon as you take it out the freezer. Bake 20-25 minute or until the crust is warmed throughout.
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  1. How many does the recipe make

  2. This was absolutely delicious . Made it and my family killed it. I will double or triple next time. This beats the one that’s in the freezer section. Not even close. Great recipe!5 stars

    1. Aww thanks! I’m glad y’all liked it Sinett!

  3. Michelle R Ming says:

    I love this recipe. I also used the dough to make lentil and potato patties.5 stars

    1. Sorry for my late response but I’m very happy you enjoyed it Michelle! Thank you so much! Take care!

  4. Christina Pezzo says:

    First Off, Awesome creative web page name!! ☺️
    Being a Native “New Yorker” in the Pacific Northwest, I was craving beef patties and no one around here knew what I was talking about! Thank you for posting such a great recipe, it was just like the taste of Harlem!!

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by Christina! I’m happy you liked the beef patties. It’s my favorite recipe on this blog! And a BIG thanks for the website name compliment!

  5. Joann Isahac says:

    Very easy and delicious ! I make these all the time now5 stars

  6. Hi!
    Is it possible to replace the minced scotch bonnet pepper with scotch bonnet pepper sauce?
    If yes, then how much should I use?

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Laura. I haven’t tried it but you can probably use bonnet pepper sauce. I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. After the meat mixture is cooked and seasoned add a bit of the sauce last and taste before you add more. Hope this helps!

      1. Thanks for fast response!
        Luckily, I managed to find fresh scotch bonnet which usually isn’t available where I live. 🙂
        Patty time this weekend!!!

        1. Lucky you! Yeah it is pretty hard to find sometimes. I hope you enjoy it!

  7. I’m trying to plan out my dinners this week and was wondering what would be good with these to make it a complete meal?

    1. I’m sorry I missed your message! I usually just make a simple salad or rice. I love to add a bit of tumeric to the rice with sauteed green and red onions with garlic and butter and broccoli on the side. It’s super good!

  8. What type of curry powder do you use?

    1. Get authentic Jamaican curry powder. You can find it at international markets or Amazon.

  9. I made this last night as written and it was delicious! The crust was a beautiful yellow and flaky. I did add frozen peas to the filling to brighten up the color and it was so good. Great recipe!5 stars

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed the beef patties! Thank you! I plan on making them soon so I can add the step by step pictorial for the blog.

  10. I just made these and they are amazing! I followed the recipe exactly as presented. My husband ate 2 for supper and almost went for a third (and they aren’t small in size!). Can’t wait to make these for parties! Thank you!5 stars

    1. Allison, I don’t blame your husband. They are delicious and quite addictive! Glad y’all like it! Thank you! 🙂

  11. Elizabeth Bonnett says:

    OH my … my comment has nothing to do with your recipe … but your writing … I didn’t get past “my Jamaican neighbours invited my siblings and me …” … and I was blown away!

    “my siblings and me” is absolutely correct! not ‘my siblings and I’, not ‘myself and my siblings’ … no …”my siblings and me” is the correct grammatical way to mention yourself in this sentence. It is such a relief after listening to so many people misuse “I” and “myself”

    Thank you for paying attention to your teachers and for having teachers/family who knew grammar to teach it properly.

    my grammar rant … now I’ll finish reading!5 stars

    1. Hi Elizabeth, I’m not the best but I try. Most of the grammar we were taught in school, doesn’t apply when it comes to blogging! Proper punctuation and correct spelling is still a requirement though. Thank you! 🙂

  12. Anonymous says:

    What type of bouillon cube beef or chicken

    1. Beef or chicken both work, however, I usually use beef base.

  13. This is completely new to me and I love it specially because it is baked. Love the perfectly baked patties. The colour is just wanting me to make it now and that filling sounds delicious with that flaky pastry.. A must try for sure.5 stars

  14. I just scored a 1::1 bag of gluten-free baking flour. I wonder how well it would work in making the dough for these patties! I’m definitely going to give it a whirl, and it that fails I’ll just eat the filling right out of a bowl! 😉5 stars

    1. The filling is so delicious alone as well. A food blogger tried this recipe but made it low carb by only using the filling. I think she mixed it with cauliflower rice or maybe it was regular rice but it sounded amazing! Thank you Krista!

  15. YUJM! These Jamaican beef patties look amazing! The buttery yellow crust looks like perfection and I can’t wait to make these for my friends and family.5 stars

  16. These Jamaican beef patties look so yummy! They kind of remind me of British Cornish pasties but spicy!5 stars