Jamaican Beef Patties

Jamaican Beef Patties | @yummyaddiction

The idea to make these patties came from watching a local culinary show. Being a foodie I like to try different cuisines, especially when we are talking about such exotic cuisines like Jamaican. I admit, I have never been in Jamaica… But this fact can’t stop me from trying to make their local beef patties at home. Am I right? Of course I am!

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With a bit of improvisation and experimentation I achieved my desired result – flaky Jamaican Beef Patties which are so delicious! Yes, I omitted Scotch Bonnet pepper, which is the most widely used hot pepper in Caribbean cuisine. And yes, I changed their local spices with the common ones. But you know what? These simple spices did a great job!

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These patties have a little flaky turmeric-colored and curry-flavored crust and deeply flavorful ground beef and vegetable filling. Oooh boy, I’m in love with these meat pies – and crust is my favorite part! Yes, I’m one of those flaky and buttery crust lovers… πŸ™‚

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This recipe is a bit of work but the effort is definitely worth it in the end. Trust me. Your stomach will thank me.

Jamaican Beef Turnovers

Jamaican Beef Patties

5 from 2 votes
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Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 5 large patties
Author: Yummy Addiction


For the crust:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup cold butter , cubed
  • 3 tablespoons ice cold water

For the filling:

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion , chopped
  • 1 small carrot , grated
  • 1/2 bell pepper , diced
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 lb ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 scallion , finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup water

For the egg wash:

  • 1 egg yolk beaten


The crust:

  • Mix flour, turmeric, curry powder and salt in a large bowl. Add the butter and use a pastry cutter or two blunt knives to work the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles crumbs. Pour the water into the butter/flour mixture and mix thoroughly. Gather the dough into a ball. If dough doesn't stick together, add water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until a ball can be formed. Kneed the dough on a lightly floured surface for a few times. Wrap in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator to chill.

The filling:

  • Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 3 minutes, until tender. Add the carrot and bell pepper and cook for another 2 minutes. Add allspice and paprika, tossing to coat vegetables. Stir in ground beef. Season with curry powder, garlic powder, dried thyme, sugar, salt, and pepper. Cook, stirring and breaking up any lumps with wooden spoon, until the meat is nearly cooked through. Stir in the flour and panko bread crumbs. Add the water, and cook a few minutes more, until the liquid is absorbed. It should not be watery, yet still remain moist. Stir in chopped scallion. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Divide the dough into 5 equal sections. Roll each section into a 6-7 inch circle (approximately 1/8 inch thick). Place about 1/4 cup of meat filling in the middle of a pastry and moisten edges of each circle with a little water. Fold over and press edges together, making a half circle. Use a fork to press edges, and brush the top of each patty with beaten egg yolk. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Bake the patties for 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown. Let rest for 5 minutes before serving.



  • Michelle
    November 18, 2020 at 4:41 am

    I love this recipe. My family loves the flavor and I have made these patties several times but recently when I make them, all the patties opened up and the filling came out during baking. Could you give me a tip how I can fix this or why this is happening. Thank you!5 stars

    • Jovita
      February 23, 2021 at 9:48 am

      Hi, Michelle! Do you moisten the edges with some water (just a bit)? It happens to me also from time to time but I think it’s just because the edges are not sealed properly πŸ™‚

  • Keishana
    July 6, 2022 at 10:31 pm

    Very easy to make. My very first time making dough. The steps were easy to follow. The filling was absolutely delish! I almost didn’t want to put it in the crust! Overall the patties were fantastic!5 stars


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