Jamaican Beef Patties


This Jamaican beef patty recipe makes delicious curry-flavored beef pastries popular in Jamaica and other Caribbean islands. Try serving them with peas and rice, or have them as a snack.

close up view of Jamaican Beef Patties on a platter
Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 10 mins



  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 ½ teaspoons curry powder

  • 1 pinch salt

  • ¼ cup margarine

  • ¼ cup shortening

  • cup water


  • 2 tablespoons margarine

  • 1 small onion, finely diced

  • 1 pound ground beef

  • 1 teaspoon curry powder

  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon pepper

  • ½ cup beef broth

  • ½ cup dry bread crumbs

  • 1 egg, beaten


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  2. Prepare pastry: Combine flour, curry powder, and salt in a bowl. Cut in margarine and shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in water until mixture forms a ball. Shape dough into a log and cut it into 10 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a 6-inch circle (approximately 1/8-inch thick) on a lightly floured surface; set aside.

  3. Prepare filling: Melt margarine in a skillet over medium heat. Sauté onion until soft and translucent, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in ground beef; season with curry powder, thyme, salt, and pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, until beef is evenly browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in beef broth and bread crumbs. Simmer until liquid is absorbed; remove from heat.

  4. Spoon equal amounts of filling onto each pastry circle. Fold over and press edges together, making a half-circle. Use the back of a fork to seal edges, then brush tops with beaten egg. Place pastries on a baking sheet.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, about 30 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

371 Calories
25g Fat
24g Carbs
12g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 371
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 8g 38%
Cholesterol 57mg 19%
Sodium 467mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 12g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 31mg 2%
Iron 3mg 15%
Potassium 181mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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