Jamaican Beef Patty
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Jamaican Beef Patty by Kesha Stewart || July 28 2017

There is hardly anything as satisfying as a patty. This hot, spicy and delicious treat is an economical lunch/snack. Combined with coco bread it’s a quasi national dish here in Jamaica!

As children, we couldn’t wait for our parents/grandparents to arrive from their weekend/market trip so we can get our patty. And yes, the beef patty, which by the way, was the first ‘flavour’, here in Jamaica, was always my favourite.

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There are now many other varieties of patties around such as chicken, seafood, vegetable, soy, ackee and even curry goat!

There are three major franchised stores here, Tastee, Juici Patties and Mother’s, but there are also local chefs who make great tasting patties in cook shops island-wide. 

One of my relatives - a chef/baker - makes the best tasting patties in his outdoor brick oven.  I am here salivating as I write :-)

But did you know you can make your very own as well? It is not as difficult as you might think.

Ready? Here we go! Enjoy!

Jamaican Beef Patty Recipe


For The Dough

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 200g-250g vegetable shortening  
  • Salt ( to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric (or curry powder)
  • 2 cups icy cold water

To Fill It Up

  • 1 ½  to 2 pounds boneless ground beef
  • 1 pack hard crackers (crushed)/ bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp. ground allspice
  • ½ tsp. black pepper
  • 2 tbs. oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped onions
  • 1 or more (as desired) finely minced scotch bonnet peppers 
  • 1 tbs. finely minced garlic
  • 1 tbs. minced fresh thyme or pimento leaves
  •  salt as desired
  • a dash of tomato ketchup
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup finely chopped escallion


  • 1/4 cup water for sealing
  • 1 large egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water


Doing the Dough

  1. Place flour, 1 tsp. salt, and turmeric in a large bowl and mix thoroughly.
  2. Rub the shortening into the flour until there are small pieces of shortening completely covered with flour.
  3. To this add ½ cup of the ice water and use your hands to create the dough. You will need to use a table spoon to add ice water incrementally to achieve the right texture.
  4. Half the dough, wrap it in plastic and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Making Your Filling

  1. Combine ground beef, allspice and black pepper in large bowl. Set aside
  2. Heat oil in a skillet (or Dutchpot) until hot.
  3. Add onions and sauté until translucent. 
  4. Add hot pepper, garlic and thyme and continue to sauté for another minute. Add salt.
  5. Add seasoned ground beef and toss, break up clumps, and let cook until the meat is no longer pink.
  6. Add the ketchup and remaining ingredients (except the escallion).  If you are using bread crumbs don’t go overboard (your aim is to thicken the filling).
  7. Pour in 2 cups of water and stir. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and let simmer until reduced to a thick sauce.
  8. Fold in escallion. 
  9. Remove from heat and cool completely.

Now The Patties

  1. Gather the additional ingredients. Beat the egg and water together to make an egg wash. Set aside.
  2. Flour the work surface and rolling pin. Take one of the large pieces of dough and roll into a large circle. Take a round bowl and use it to cut out proportionate circles. 
  3. Place desired portion of filling onto 1/2 of each circle. Dip a finger into the water and dampen the edges of the pastry. Fold over the other half and press firmly to seal. 
  4. Use a fork and crimp the edges. Cut off any extra. Place each onto a lined baking sheet and continue to work until you have rolled all the dough and filled the patties. Trim off extras for neatness. 
  5. Place your creation onto a lined baking sheet.
  6. Repeat until done.

Its Baking Time- We’re Almost There!

  1. Set the pans in the refrigerator then heat oven to 350℉. 
  2. Brush the patties with the egg wash and place them immediately into the oven.
  3. Bake patties for 30 minutes or until golden /yellow-orange.
  4. Serve as hot as you like!

See? It's not that hard after all, just be sure to follow the step.
Be sure to write back and let us know how it went :-)


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