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How to Make Jamaican Beef Patties

How to Make Jamaican Beef Patties

How to make a traditional Jamaican dish, the beef patty, with a perfectly flaky, turmeric-infused dough and a spicy, silky-smooth beef and Scotch bonnet pepper filling.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1 tsp curry powder

  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)

  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening

  • 1/2 cup ice water

  • 2 cups ground beef (or chicken, or vegetables)

  • 1 onion, finely chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 scotch bonnet pepper, seeded and finely chopped (optional)

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs (optional)

  • 1 egg, beaten (for egg wash)


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, salt, curry powder, and cayenne pepper (if using). Cut in the shortening until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

  2. Gradually add the ice water, stirring with a fork, until the dough comes together and forms a ball. Knead the dough for a few minutes until smooth.

  3. Divide the dough into 8-10 equal portions and shape each into a ball. Flatten each ball into a patty and set aside.

  4. In a large skillet, brown the ground beef (or chicken or vegetables) over medium-high heat. Drain any excess fat.

  5. Add the onion, garlic, scotch bonnet pepper (if using), salt, and black pepper. Cook until the vegetables are softened.

  6. Stir in the breadcrumbs (if using) and cook for another minute. Remove from heat and let cool.

  7. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).

  8. Take one dough patty and place 2-3 tablespoons of the beef mixture in the center. Fold the dough over to create a half-moon shape and press the edges to seal. Repeat with the remaining dough and beef mixture.

  9. Brush the beaten egg over the patties.

  10. Place the patties on a baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown.

Enjoy your Jamaican patties!



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