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Jamaican Beef Patties with Fried Plantain Chips

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Jamaican Beef Patties with Fried Plantain Chips

Jamaican patties are a savory hand-held pie enjoyed in Jamaica and throughout the Caribbean as a snack or light dinner. Similar to an empanada, they have a flaky crust and a delicious, seasoned filling. While beef is traditional, they are also available filled with chicken, seafood, lamb, vegetables, and several other fillings. Often the pastry and filling recipes are passed down from generation to generation. This recipe is written to prepare snack size patties. For larger patties use a 5” cutter and increase filling in each patty.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Course Dinner, Snack
Cuisine Jamaican
Servings 4


  • Ingredients:
  • 1/4 C. Red Onion chopped
  • 2 T. Ginger minced
  • 2 Scallions thinly sliced
  • Red hot pepper minced finely (optional)
  • 1-1/2 T. Curry Powder
  • 1 T. Olive Oil
  • 1 lb. Lean Ground Beef
  • Sea Salt and Black Pepper to taste
  • 3 cups Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Green Plantain
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 Prepared Pie Pastry Dough rounds store bought or homemade
  • To Serve:
  • Scallions sliced
  • Lime Wedges


  • Directions:
  • Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large non-stick skillet. Add red onions, ginger, scallions, and red pepper (if using). Sauté for 3-4 minutes.
  • Sprinkle in curry powder and stir.
  • Add ground beef and cook until brown and cooked through, approximately 10 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside to cool slightly.
  • Remove the peel of the plantain. Using a potato peeler, thinly slice plantain lengthwise into long chips.
  • Crack the egg into a small bowl and whisk.
  • Roll out the pastry dough and cut into 4” circles with a round cookie cutter.
  • Place 2 tablespoons of meat filling offset in the circle. Close each and seal the edges with a fork. Brush with the beaten egg.
  • Heat 3 cups of vegetable oil in a skillet with deep sides to 350˚.F
  • Fry plantains in hot oil until crispy and light brown taking care not to let them burn. Drain on paper towel and sprinkle with salt while still warm.
  • In the same oil you used for the plantain, cook the Jamaican patties until they are golden brown, flipping to ensure even browning. Ensure oil maintains temperature of 350˚F before adding additional patties. Remove cooked patties to paper towel and repeat until all patties have been cooked.
  • Serve hot Jamaican patties with fresh scallions, lime and plantain chips.
  • Enjoy!
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