Jamaican Beef Patties

I want to get out ahead of this: these aren’t authentic. I’ve never actually had a Jamaican beef patty since I’m a vegetarian. However, Jamaican beef patties are my dad’s favorite food, and I really wanted to learn how to make them for him. So after a lot of research, and some helpful taste testers, I can vouch for the fact that these taste good, even if they are not the most authentic.

Another way these aren’t authentic is that I’ve developed a vegetarian version so I can finally try a Jamaican beef patty. The ground beef in this recipe can be replaced by either a crumbled Beyond Burger, cooked quinoa or your preferred vegetarian ground beef replacement. Its as simple as that!

For the spice in this recipe, I used Secret Aardvark Habanero Hot Sauce. It’s delicious but hard to find (my boyfriend had to track it down on a business trip to Oregon). An awesome alternative is my Jerk- Inspired Tomato & Chili Sauce, but you can use ketchup or any jerk seasoning blend you like.

You could use pre-made pie crust for this recipe, but the addition of curry powder really makes these hand-pies. Also, this recipe for homemade pie crust is really easy and makes amazing crust. Sometimes a little extra effort is worth it, and I firmly believe pie crust is one of those times.




For pastry:

1/2 cup butter, frozen

1 1/2 cup all purpose flour

1 pinch salt

1/4 cup ice water

1 teaspoon curry powder

1 egg beaten with a tablespoon of water

For filling:

1 pound ground beef or a couple Beyond Burgers

1/4 of a white onion, chopped

4 cloves garlic, minced

2 tablespoons jerk seasoning, ketchup or my Jerk- Inspired Tomato & Chili Sauce

1/2 teaspoon allspice

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 cup water



  1. Freeze half a cup of butter until completely frozen solid.
  2. Once the butter is frozen, fill a cup measure with 1/4 cup water and a few ice cubes.
  3. Sift 1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour, curry powder and one pinch of salt into a large bowl.
  4. With a cheese grater, grate the butter into the bowl of flour.
  5. With your hands, rub the butter into the flour, adding just enough of the ice water to form a dough.
  6. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill.
  7. While the dough chills, sauté onion and garlic in olive oil until fragrant.
  8. Add ground beef and spices.
  9. Once the beef is browned, add the jerk sauce or ketchup and water.
  10. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook until most of the liquid has cooked off.
  11. Beat an egg with a tablespoon of water to make an egg wash.
  12. Remove the dough from the fridge and roll out.
  13. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  14. Cut out dough to the size you’d like your pies to be. I made mine around the size of an iphone.
  15. Place a couple teaspoons of mixture into each piece of dough.
  16. Brush the edges with the egg wash and fold the dough over.
  17. Crimp the edges with a fork.
  18. Cut three vents in the top of each pie and brush with the egg wash.
  19. Bake for 20 minutes or until the pies are golden brown and glossy.
  20. Serve warm with Mango Habanero Hot Sauce, Jerk- Inspired Tomato & Chili Sauce, or ketchup and enjoy!beefpattyemyregan.jpg





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