Baking · Caribbean · Meat

Jamaican Beef Patties

A Jamaican pattie is a golden yellow pastry with various fillings. Although the name suggests it’s Jamaican, it’s eaten in other parts of the Caribbean too. The traditional filling is ground beef, fillings can include chicken, veggies, shrimp, lobster, fish, soy, ackee etc.

Patties can be eaten as a whole meal, as a snack or as bite size finger food at parties.


  • pastry (buy ready made or make your own – if making your own add 1tsp of ground turmeric for the golden colour
  • 300g minced beef
  • 1tbsp Jerk marinade or seasoning
  • 1 onion
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic
  • 1-2 tomatoes
  • 2tbsp breadcrumbs
  • 1tsp pepper sauce
  • salt, pepper and tumeric powder
  • extra peppersauce if you want it hot(ter)
  • 1 egg


  1. Chop and dice all veggies
  2. Mix all filling ingredients and saute in a little vegetable oil until cooked.
  3. Set aside and let cool.
  4. Beat the egg in a cup and set aside.
  5. Roll out pastry and cut out circles roughly 15cm/6in in diameter.
  6. Place a small amount of filling in the middle.
  7. Paint edges with egg.
  8. Fold pastry over filling and press edges together with a fork.
  9. Place patties on a baking sheet and bake at 190* for 20-30mins until golden brown