Spicy Jamaican Beef Patties Recipe with Fried Plantain Chips

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Jamaican Beef Patties Recipe

Patties are savory hand-held pastries that are enjoyed not only in Jamaica but throughout the Caribbean.

Traditional patty fillings include seasoned ground beef, but other options include chicken, pork, lamb, vegetables, shrimp, lobster, fish, soy, ackee (the national fruit of Jamaica), mixed vegetables, or cheese.

As with many recipes the world over, pattie pastry and filling recipes are passed down from generation to generation.

Our Jamaican beef patties recipe combines ground beef with various spices and aromatics enveloped inside a flaky pastry crust.

The patties are brushed with an egg yolk mixture to give them a golden color. Some recipes add turmeric to the egg wash to add an even brighter yellow hue.

If you’re panicking at the thought of having to make pasty – don’t be!

You can buy a ready-made pastry, and it takes around 15 minutes to cook up the spicy beef filling and form the patties.

The long cooking time comes from having to fry the patties in batches, but the result is well worth the wait.

Caribbean Beef Patties

Enjoy spicy Jamaican patties as a hearty snack or a light meal with plantain chips.

You could pair them with Tropical Island Rice and Caribbean Rum Punch With Three Kinds of Rum!

And if you’re throwing a tropical-themed gathering or dinner party, you could make slightly smaller patties to serve as an appetizer or starter.

The beef patty is a product of the long history of Jamaica, mixing [Cornish] pasties introduced by British Cornish immigrants and cumin, curry, and cayenne pepper introduced by Indian indentured laborers and African slaves who were brought to the country. The firecracker taste of the Scotch bonnet, a hot pepper indigenous to Jamaica, sealed the flavour.

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Ingredients for Jamaican Beef Patties & Fried Plantains - ground beef, plantain, red onion, scallions, garlic, spices, limes, red chilies.

Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe

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Ingredients Needed For Jamaican Beef Patties & Fried Plantain Chips

  • Fresh ProduceRed Onion, Ginger, Scallions (Green Onions/Spring Onions), Limes, Green Plantain
  • ProteinLean Ground Beef
  • Other Fresh IngredientsEgg
  • PantryOlive Oil, Sea Salt, Black Pepper
  • Red Hot Chili Pepper traditionally this would be a Scotch Bonnet a seriously hot pepper. But you could use a different type of hot chili or mild chili if you prefer.
  • Curry Powder
  • Vegetable Oil – or other neutral oil, such as canola or sunflower oil, for frying the plantain chips.
  • Pastry Doughyou can buy this ready-made in grocery stores, making these patties a breeze.

The complete list of ingredients with measurements is on the recipe card at the end of this post.


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Jamaican Beef Patties with Fried Plantain Chips

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Ingredients for Jamaican Patties

How Do I Make Jamaican Beef Patties with Plantain Chips?

The printable recipe card with the full ingredients list and instructions can be found at the end of this post.

This recipe is written to prepare snack-size patties. Use a 5-inch cutter for larger patties and increase the filling in each patty.

Step 1 – Cook Aromatics: Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large non-stick skillet. Add red onions, ginger, scallions, and red chili pepper (if using) to the pan and sauté for 3-4 minutes. Stir in the curry powder.

Step 2 – Add Ground Beef: Add the ground beef to the pan and cook for about 10 minutes until browned and cooked. Season to taste with salt and pepper, then set aside to cool slightly.

Step 3 – Make Egg Wash: Crack the egg into a small bowl and whisk to combine.

Step 4 – Cut Pastry: Roll out the pastry dough and cut it into 4″ circles with a round cookie cutter.

Step 5 – Form Patties: Place 2 tablespoons of meat filling offset in a dough circle. Close and seal the edges with a fork. Brush with the beaten egg. Repeat until all patties are formed.

Step 6 – Prepare Plantain: Peel the plantain, then using a potato peeler, thinly slice the plantain lengthways into long chips.

Step 7 – Heat Oil: Heat 3 cups of vegetable oil in a saucepan or skillet with deep sides to 350°F/180°C

Step 8 – Fry Plantains: Fry plantains in the hot oil until crispy and light brown, taking care not to let them burn. Drain on paper towels and sprinkle with salt while still warm.

Step 9 – Fry Patties: In the same oil you used for the plantain, cook the Jamaican patties until golden brown, flipping to ensure even browning. Remove cooked patties to a paper towel and repeat until all patties have been cooked.

TIP! Ensure oil maintains a temperature of 350˚F before adding additional patties.

Formed Jamaican Beef Patties Ready for Frying
Jamaican Beef Patties Frying in Oil

Step 10 – Garnish & Serve: Serve hot Jamaican patties with fresh scallions, lime, and plantain chips. Enjoy!

Spicy Jamaican Beef Patties

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Jamaican Beef Patties Recipe

Jamaican Beef Patties & Fried Plantain Chips

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

These Jamaican Beef Patties are filled with seasoned ground beef, wrapped in a golden pastry, and served with crispy plantain chips.

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ cup red onion, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp ginger, minced
  • 2 scallions (green/spring onions), thinly sliced
  • Red hot pepper, minced finely (optional)
  • 1½ Tbsp curry powder
  • 1 lb (450g) lean ground beef (beef mince)
  • Sea Salt and Black Pepper, to taste
  • 1 green plantain
  • 1 egg
  • 2 prepared pie pastry dough rounds (store bought or homemade)
  • 3 cups vegetable oil

To Serve

  • Scallions, sliced
  • Lime wedges

Instructions

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large non-stick skillet. Add red onions, ginger, scallions, and red chili pepper (if using) to the pan and sauté for 3-4 minutes. Stir in the curry powder.
  2. Add the ground beef to the pan and cook for about 10 minutes until browned and cooked. Season to taste with salt and pepper, then set aside to cool slightly.
  3. Crack the egg into a small bowl and whisk to combine.
  4. Roll out the pastry dough and cut it into 4" circles with a round cookie cutter.
  5. Place 2 tablespoons of meat filling offset in a dough circle. Close and seal the edges with a fork. Brush with the beaten egg. Repeat until all patties are formed.
  6. Peel the plantain, then using a potato peeler, thinly slice the plantain lengthways into long chips.
  7. Heat 3 cups of vegetable oil in a saucepan or skillet with deep sides to 350°F/180°C
  8. Fry plantains in the hot oil until crispy and light brown, taking care not to let them burn. Drain on paper towels and sprinkle with salt while still warm.
  9. In the same oil you used for the plantain, cook the Jamaican patties until golden brown, flipping to ensure even browning. Remove cooked patties to a paper towel and repeat until all patties have been cooked. TIP! Ensure oil maintains a temperature of 350˚F before adding additional patties.
  10. Serve hot Jamaican patties with fresh scallions, lime, and plantain chips. Enjoy!

    Jamaican Beef Patties Recipe

Notes

This recipe is written to prepare snack-size patties. For larger patties use a 5-inch cutter and increase the filling in each patty.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 644Total Fat: 32gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 63mgSodium: 538mgCarbohydrates: 85gFiber: 6gSugar: 23gProtein: 9g

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