Jamaican Meat Pie (aka Jamaican Beef Patty) is a popular appetizer in Jamaica and other areas of the Caribbean. It is a flaky and flavorful yellow crust filled with a spicy/savory meat filling.
The Jamaican Meat pie is quite different from the Nigerian Meat pie, but I can say that I love them both for different things. The Jamaican patties are so flaky, turmeric colored and the Meat filling is highly seasoned. In the case of the Nigerian Meat pie, the crust is a little richer and softer.
In Jamaica, Meat pies are often served with coco bread which is a form of sandwich bread, that is starchy and slightly sweet.
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Can I freeze Jamaican Patties?
Jamaican Patties freeze so well. Put any leftover pies in a ziplock bag and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.
By the way, if you like to know how I make my Ground beef (Minced Meat) from scratch click here, it’s super easy.
You might also want to try out our favorite Jamaican Recipes:
- Delicious Jamaican Rice And Peas
- Jamaican Jerk Chicken
- Jamaican Oxtail Stew
- Creamy Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge
- Jamaican Jerk Seasoning
Watch how to make the Jamaican beef patty recipe on youtube here:
Jamaican Meat Pie (Jamaican Beef Patty)
FOR THE JAMAICAN MEAT PIE CRUST
- 4 Cups all purpose flour
- 1 cup Butter 2 sticks, cold
- 14 Tbsp water
- 1 Tbs Turmeric
- 2 Tsp Sugar
- 1 Tsp Salt
FOR THE JAMAICAN MEAT PIE FILLING:
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 Tbs Vegetable oil
- 1/2 Cup Onion diced
- 2 Tsp Garlic minced
- 1/2 Tsp black pepper
- 1/4 Tsp Thyme
- 1 tsp curry powder
- 1/2 tsp allspice
- 1/2 Tsp paprika
- 1/4 cup Green Onion
- 1 scotch bonnet seeded and finely diced
- 1 Stock cube Bouillon cube
- 1/4 Cup unseasoned Breadcrumbs
- Salt to taste
FOR FINAL ASSEMBLING
- 1 large Egg
- 2 Tablespoon water
DIRECTIONS FOR THE PASTRY DOUGH:
- Start by pulsing the flour, Butter, Turmeric, Salt, and Sugar in a food processor until it’s well combined and the flour appears crumbly.
- Gradually introduce the water a little at a time and pulse process it, till it comes together as a ball.
- Wrap the dough with a plastic wrap, and chill in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes (the longer the better) while you prepare the filling.
DIRECTIONS FOR THE PIE FILLING:
- Add the oil in a Pan. Once it’s hot, add the Onion, Green Onion, diced Habanero, and minced garlic. Then stir-fry until the onion becomes translucent.
- Add the ground beef and break up the clump with a wooden spoon. Then brown the meat on medium heat for about 2 to 3 minutes.
- Stir in the breadcrumbs and season with Salt, Bouillon cube, black pepper, Thyme, Curry powder, allspice, and Paprika.
- Add 1 cup of water to the meat. Then allow it to simmer for about 10 minutes until the liquid is almost evaporated. Add more water, stock or adjust the seasoning if necessary.
- Remove from heat and allow it to cool down to room temperature before using it.
FOR FINAL ASSEMBLING OF THE JAMAICAN BEEF PATTY:
- Divide the dough into two parts, keep one half in the fridge while you work on the other half.
- Roll out the dough thinly with a rolling pin and use a pie cutter or any circular object to cut out the circles (the first half should yield about 5 to 6 circles).
- Scoop in about 2 tablespoons of the filling on each cut-out pie, then dip a finger inside the water and moisten the edge of the circular pastry all around.
- Fold it into a half-moon and seal it up by crimping the edge with a fork. If the fork is a little sticky, just dip it in water before crimping the pies.
- Repeat steps 1 to 3 for the second half then place the meat pies inside a tray lined with parchment paper and brush each Meat pie with the egg wash.
- Bake inside a 375°F preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes or till the top crust is firm and golden brown.
- Allow to cool on a wire rack and serve warm.
- ∗∗∗This recipe should yield about 15 Pieces of pies.
- The quantity of water used for these pie pastry might vary a little bit depending on the moisture and humidity in your location so it is a good idea to have a little more cold water than the required quantity at hand just in case you might need more.
- Knead your dough more and more, will make it comes out less flakier, so it’s advised to stop kneading the dough once all the ingredients have been combined. This should take less than 2 minutes.
- It’s best to pop the Meat pies in the oven while it is still very cold. If you are slow in filling the pies, and the pastries have reached room temperature, it is best to put them in the fridge for at least 15 minutes before baking.
- Let your pie filling come to room temperature(or almost) before filing the pastries, this is important so as not to ruin the pastry.
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Tuesday 3rd of January 2023
How big Do you cut the circles of dough?
Monday 5th of December 2022
Ok, i have used your recipe for the last 5 years. I love it and always get rave reviews!!even our one friend,who's mom is from Jamaica, said it tastes almost exactly l7ke hers!!!:) thank you so much
Chef Lola's Kitchen
Monday 19th of December 2022
So lovely. Thanks for the feedback, Michelle.
Sunday 25th of September 2022
I had to move away from my neighborhood with a wonderful Caribbean take out place just blocks away. I miss it so much. There are none in my new city that I can easily get to. Glad I found your site. This recipe is amazing, like the pies from the restaurant. Thank you for sharing it. I can't wait to try more of your recipes. Kind regards!
Chef Lola's Kitchen
Sunday 16th of October 2022
Thank you, Maxwell. I hope you are enjoying your new place,😀. Great to know that it tastes just like the restaurant version. I have more Caribbean recipes you should try. Check and keep enjoying them. 😍
Wednesday 20th of July 2022
To me you can refrigerate the meat pie and microwave it before eating
Chef Lola's Kitchen
Monday 25th of July 2022
If you have tried it and it works for you, that's great. Perhaps you can share some tips here in the comment. I would love to hear from you again, Joshthebest.
Sunday 20th of March 2022
Great recipe. Easy to follow. I have made these twice, back to back days! A winner!
Chef Lola's Kitchen
Wednesday 30th of March 2022
Thank you for the feedback.