Meat Patties

Spicy meat patties are one of my favorite snack foods.  I like to make them small and serve as an appetizer.  While there are different versions through out the Caribbean islands, Jamaican beef patties are the best known around the United States and Canada. I use sofrito and adobo because they shorten the ingredient list and you have less veggies to chop.

Spicy Meat Patties Regular and Appetizer Size
Spicy Meat Patties
Regular and Appetizer Size


For more information and background on some of my favorite snacks click here to go the Snack section of the Africa In Our Kitchen website.

For the Recipe click on the “continue reading” link.


For the pastry you can use regular pie crust dough. But for an elegant touch for appetizers, try this pastry recipe for a melt in your mouth crust.


  • 1 C. all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 C. chilled butter
  • 1/2 C. soft cream cheese

Sift the flour and salt together, then blend in the butter and cream cheese with a pastry blender or fork until the mixture looks like a bowl of small pebbles. Refrigerate for 24 hours.

Meat Filling

  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 TB. paprika for coloring
  • 1 C. Sofrito*
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 2 tsp. adobo*
  • 1 fresh hot pepper minced (your choice of pepper, optional)
  • 2 TB. soy sauce
  • 1 C. finely chopped celery
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1 TB. curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/3 C. plain bread or finely ground cracker crumbs
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  1. Saute the ground beef with the paprika over medium heat, and break it up by stirring with a spoon until browned.
  2. Drain off the excess oil and add all the remaining ingredients. Add up to 2 TB. of water if meat is very dry.
  3. Set meat mixture aside and allow it to cool.

Assembling the Patties

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. While the filling cools, roll the dough to 1/8″ thickness.
  3. Cut out approximately 3″ circles with cookie cutter or drinking glass.
  4. Put the rounds on a greased baking sheet.
  5. Place 1 TB. meat mixture in the middle of each round.
  6. Moisten the edges of each round, fold over and pinch together with a fork.
  7. Bake in the oven until golden brown, about 20 minutes.

*For Sofrito recipe click here:

For Adobo recipe click here:




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