Cross Caribbean: Jamaican Beef Patties

Jamaican cuisine is so unique and so fun! I truly think Jamaican food is soul food. At some point in our lives we’ve all had a Jamaican patty. Be it chicken or beef. Let’s be honest, we love that shit! The flaky crust and the seasoned meat is a great quick bite and on the go food. It’s surprisingly very filling for such a small pie!These patties originated in Jamaica as a by product of colonialism and migration. The versatility of the patty shows the influence of different cultures, specifically the curry and saffron powder.I know we all enjoy eating this highly seasoned meat filled pastry and you’d be surprised at how easy it is to make. It does take some time as the dough requires some refrigeration but it’s definitely worth it.

Let’s get into this delicious recipe!

Irie mon!

This recipe makes 13 beef patties.


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp curry powder
  • 1/4 tsp saffron powder
  • 1 cup (stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup ice cold water
Beef Filling
  • 1 lb ground beef (I got the seasoned one from the grocery)
  • 1 Tbsp green seasoning
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 pimentos
  • 1 stalk fine thyme, minced (or 2 tsp dried thyme)
  • 2 leaves Spanish thyme, minced
  • 4-5 leaves chive, minced
  • 2 Tbsp curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp crushed chili flakes
  • 1 packet Maggi masala mix
  • 2 Tbsp ketchup
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp steak sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 hot pepper, optional
For Assembly
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup of water


  1. Sift together flour, curry powder, saffron powder and salt

  2. Cut butter into mixture (using cold butter increases the flakiness of the pastry) and mix by hand until a cornmeal like texture is formed

  3. Gradually add ice cold water to flour and knead until a stiff dough is formed
  4. Refrigerate while making the filling
  5. While waiting for filling to cool, remove dough from refrigerator and roll dough to 1cm thickness with a rolling pin on a floured surface

  6. Cut into circles (I used a clean cover to help me get perfect circles) then replace in the refrigerator for 20 minutes

 Beef Filling
  1. Heat olive oil in a pot and add garlic until brown and fragrant

  2. Add onions and cook until translucent

  3. Add beef to pot and stir, incorporating the garlic and onion
  4. Add green seasoning(I made this seasoning but you can purchase this) to beef and stir well
  5. Add Masala magic, cayenne pepper, thyme and curry powder

  6. Add the Worcestershire sauce, steak sauce and ketchup and stir well

  7. Add pimentos, chive and Spanish thyme

  8. Add black pepper, salt and chili flakes

  9. Add water and pepper and cook until a thick sauce is formed

  1. Remove dough from refrigerator
  2. Allow beef filling to cool completely (placing hot filling onto the dough can cause the pastry to tear)
  3. Spoon a heaping of filling onto the dough
  4. Dip finger into water and run along the edges of the patty
  5. Fold patty over and press edges with a fork

  6. Mix egg with 1/2 cup water and brush over patties

  7. Bake in a preheated oven at 350°F for 45 minutes or until golden