Bring the taste of the Caribbean home with this Jamaican Beef Patties recipe. Homemade pastry with added turmeric to give it that authentic golden colour and crust, packed full with a flavoursome minced beef filling.
How to make Jamaican Beef Patties from scratch?
These Jamaican Beef Patties are made from scratch with lots of spices and flavour. Follow along our step by steps to make your own Beef Patties at home. You can use as many or as little chillies as you like to make it as spicy as you like.
How to make pastry for patties?
The pastry used to make Jamaican Beef Patties is really easy to make at home, it is basic shortcrust pastry but with the added flavouring of Garam Masala Spices and Tumeric, which gives it that beautiful golden colour!
Simply add all the ingredients into a food processor and pulse together until butter has all rubbed into the flour. Then slowly bit by bit add the ice-cold water, use your hands to knead together until it has a playdoh like texture! Pop the pastry into the fridge whilst you make the beef filling.
Top tip. Learn from my mistakes and wear gloves during the kneading process!! The turmeric stained my fingernails for a couple of days!!
What is inside a Jamaican Patty?
Our favourite thing to fill Patties with is minced beef, but we will (time permitted) make some other variety too! Other variations include chicken, vegetables, fish, goat. For an extra treat why not add some cheese to it too?
Making beef patties filling
Onions and red (bell) peppers gently fried until soft, then add spring onions (scallions) and mince. Followed by the spices. We use Garam Masala to add spice to our patties, it gives a nice warmth to the dish. Tumeric & Paprika to give great colour and good health! Crushed Garlic & Chilli for extra flavour. Finally, we added some fresh Thyme leaves and beef stock.
How spicy are Jamaican Beef Patties?
You can add as many or little chilli peppers’s as you like? If you follow the instructions on here it is medium spiced. Just add less/more chilli to make it stronger/milder
We used 1 tsp of Gia Chilli Puree to add a spicy kick, this is the equivalent to 2 medium spiced chillies (Serrano/Birds Eye) or 1 strong (Habaneros/ Scotch Bonnet).
How to assemble?
First roll out the pastry and cut around a saucer/small plate (ours was 17cm) to make 5-6 circles . Place the circle on baking paper and fill with 2-3 tbsp of beef filling.
Use your finger to dap water around the circle edge and fold over the filling. Next, using a fork, crimp the edges together.
Whisk an egg with 2 tablespoon of water and brush over the pastry.
Transfer all the beef patties on to a baking tray and bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes on 190 C (fan) 375 F
When cooked the heat builds up inside and will make the beef patties balloon slightly, I love them like this! If you prefer them flat simply make a small hole in the top of the pastry before putting in the oven.
Jamaican Beef Patties, best served warm straight from the oven. No need to serve with anything, they are great by themselves!
Storing cooked Jamaican Patties?
Any leftover Patties can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 days or in the freezer for 2 months.
How to reheat Jamaican Beef Patty?
From chilled reheat in a preheated oven at 190c (fan) / 375 F for 10 minutes. Or microwave for 1 1/2 minutes – 2 minutes
From frozen reheat in a preheated oven at 190c (fan) / 375 F for 20 minutes.
Or defrost first?
Jamaican Beef Patties
- 250 grams (2 cups) Plain Flour (All Purpuse)
- 115 grams (½ cup) Unsalted Butter
- 1 tsp Turmeric
- 1 tsp Garam Masala substitute with curry powder
- 1 tsp Salt
- 120 ml (½ cup) Ice Cold Water
- 1 tbsp Vegetable oil
- 1 Onion Finely Chopped
- 1 Red Pepper (bell pepper) Finely Chopped
- 3 Spring Onions (scallions) Finely Chopped
- 500 grams (1.2lb) Beef mince
- 1 tsp Gia Garlic Puree 2 cloves of garlic
- 1 tsp Gia Chilli Puree 2 medium chillies (Jalepeno/Serrano) or 1 hot chilli (Habanero/Scotch Bonnet)
- 1 tsp Paprika
- 2 tsp Garam Masala substitute with curry powder
- 1 tsp Turmeric
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Fresh Thyme substitute ½ tsp dried thyme
- 190 ml Stock we used 1 beef stock cube
- 1 Egg
- 2 tbsp Water
- Put all Pastry ingredients (except the water) in a food processor and tap the pulse button to slowly incorporate the butter into the flour. If doing by hand rub butter into flour until it represents fine breadcrumbs.
- Add ice-cold water bit by bit and knead with hands into the dough until it forms a playdoh like texture. (you may need a little less/more water than stated above)
- Place pastry in the fridge whilst you create the beef filling.
Beef mince filling
- Heat oil in pan and add onions and (bell) red peppers sautee for 5 minutes until soft.
- Add spring onions and mince, stir through.
- Add garlic, chilli, paprika, garam masala, turmeric and salt. Stir through until mince has browned
- Finally add dried/fresh thyme and stock. Place lid on and leave to simmer for 15 minutes whilst you cut out pastry.
- Preheat oven to 190°C (fan)/ 375F
- Remove pastry from fridge, flour surface and roll out very thin.
- Use a saucer/small plate (about 17cm diameter) to cut around the pastry. Re-roll remaining pastry until all used up, you should have 5-6 circles. Or you could use smaller plates and create smaller patties?!
- Now put rolled out circles on to there own bit of parchment paper and add 2-3 tbsp of beef mixture in the middle
- Use finger to dap the outer circle with water
- Fold pastry over the mince and use a fork to crimp the edges together
- Whisk egg with water and brush on pastry to glaze
- Place all completed patties on to a tray (or two) and cook in oven for 20-25 minutes.
Hope you enjoy these Jamaican Beef Patties as much as we do, please leave us a comment and let us know how you got on?
If you like this why not try out our Spicy Chicken Burgers recipe for more comfort food.