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Jamaican Beef Patties

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Prep info
15 min prep + 10 min cook + 30 min simmer + 5 min cool + 30 min roll out & fill + 30 min bake
Prep time
Not set
Cook time
2 hours, 10 minutes
Time required
2 hours, 10 minutes
Oven preheat


  • pie crust (ready-made, not sure of amount yet)
  • 1 t curry powder
  • Filling:
  • 1/4 c beef stock (or water or other appropriate stock)
  • 1/4 c dried bread crumbs
  • 1 T oil
  • 1 lb ground beef (or chicken)
  • 1 c finely chopped onion
  • 1 finely chopped jalapeno pepper (de-seeded)
  • 2 t dried thyme (crushed)
  • 1 t allspice
  • 2 t curry powder
  • 1/2 t paprika (Spanish, or any mild paprika)
  • 1/2 t garlic powder
  • 2 t Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 lb canned chopped tomatoes (optional)
  • 1/2 t ground black pepper
  • 1/2 T Salt (Table)


For the pastry:

Make a batch of your favorite pie crust, adding in 1t of curry powder (or equal parts ground coriander, ground cumin, ground black pepper, ground turmeric, and ground ginger).  Set it aside and make your filling.

For the filling:

Mix bread crumbs and stock/water together and let sit.

In a skillet, at medium heat, add oil and saute ground beef, onion, jalapeno, and thyme until beef is browned. Stir in allspice, curry powder, paprika, garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce, (tomatoes if using them), salt, and pepper. Slowly stir in broth and bread crumb paste mixture. Cover and simmer about 30 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings. Cool filling.

To assemble:

Preheat oven to 350F.

Divide the dough into 7 to 10 equal portions, and roll each portion into a ball. On a floured surface roll each ball to the size of a salad plate (about 6 inches in diameter). Fill and bake at 350 F for 25-30 min.


Notes from Source: Other Variations: Shredded chicken, jerk chicken, mushroom chicken, curry chicken, spinach and cod, potato and kale (veg), turkey pot pie.  I got 10 x (5 1/2") circles out of the dough and used the scraps to make 4 x (4x5")rectangles and 1 large ( 6 1/2") circle with the remainder of the dough.

SJ Note 23 Jan 2011: The filling tastes really good, but the pastry recipe that went with this didn't work at all: it was completely unworkable as a dough, and it was powdery and fell apart when cooked, and tasted like sawdust.  I've doublechecked that I copied it correctly, and I did, but no joy.  We will try this again with a pie crust/pastry recipe that we already know and love, mixing in curry powder as we make that.