Jamaican Beef Patties

Total Time

Prep: 35 min. Bake: 25 min.


8 servings

Updated: Sep. 02, 2022
My mom was born in Jamaica and lived there until she moved to the United States during her university years. I've loved this Jamaican beef patty recipe for most of my life. The savory flavor and spices are just right, and the crust is flaky and delicious. —Natasha Watson, Douglasville, Georgia
Jamaican Beef Patties Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • CRUST:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons curry powder
  • Dash salt
  • 1/2 cup cold butter
  • 1/3 cup ice water
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until beef is no longer pink and onion is tender, 6-8 minutes, breaking up beef into crumbles; drain. Stir in curry powder, thyme, pepper and salt; set aside.
    For crust, in a large bowl, whisk together flour, curry powder and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add water; stir just until moistened.
    Divide dough into 8 portions. On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion into a 6-in. circle. Place about 1/4 cup filling on half of each circle. Fold crust over filling. Press edges with a fork to seal.
  2. Transfer to parchment-lined baking sheets; brush with beaten egg. Bake until light brown, 22-25 minutes. Remove to wire racks. Serve warm.

Can you freeze Jamaican Beef Patties?

Cover and freeze unbaked pastries on a parchment-lined baking sheet until firm. Transfer to freezer containers; return to freezer. To use, bake pastries on a parchment-lined baking sheet in a preheated 350° oven until heated through, 25-30 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

1 serving: 336 calories, 19g fat (10g saturated fat), 89mg cholesterol, 373mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 2g fiber), 14g protein.