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The most popular patty from the Caribbean is the Jamaican beef patty, it is quite famous.  We have our beef patty which is a bit different in shape as well as flavor.  The Guyanese beef patty has a more buttery crust and the meat filling is seasoned differently but it’s just as good.  I love Jamaican beef patties but the Guyanese beef patty definitely has my heart.  


This recipe completes the trio of guyanese pastries, which are cheese roll, pine tarts and beef patty.  This is a great entertaining recipe and always one of the first things to go whenever it is served.  Its best described as well seasoned ground beef wrapped up in a savory pastry crust.   The crust is buttery and flaky but holds together nicely, this will not crumble on you, it’s perfect!  For me it’s all about the perfect ratio between the crust and the filling and I like it not too thin but not too thick.  

These are perfect picnic food, I mean what’s better than a hand held pie?  I’ve attached a step by step video below and please subscribe to my YouTube Channel if you haven’t already done so!  I’ve had a few people ask about my patty pan and where to find it.  You can’t exactly walk into any store and find these shallow tart pans; mine was given to me by my mom who’s friend sent her a few straight from England.  I haven’t been able to find the ones that are fluted but I did find it on Amazon by searching for mince pie pan.   These can also be done without the pan but I prefer the classic shape of the Guyanese beef patty!  The recipe and video are below so please be sure to check it out!

*Pastry adapted from Tastes Like Home




  1. August 29, 2009 / 7:16 pm

    Looks amazing.. now I’m officially hungry at 10 pm at night.

  2. August 30, 2009 / 8:26 am

    we call beef patties like these empanadas and i loooove them!
    beautiful photos!

  3. fruit_loop
    September 22, 2009 / 7:12 pm

    oh my.. so ROUND makes it look so much MORE delicious !!
    haha. i’m also officially hungry at 10 pm too xD

    sadly it’s too late to makes these…

  4. Wendy
    October 27, 2009 / 9:19 pm

    Have you ever tried adding a bit of cinnamon to the meat? Tastes great!

  5. JehanP
    October 28, 2009 / 9:46 am

    No i haven’t tried it with cinnamon but it does sound yummy! I will have to get it a try in the future.

  6. R Misra
    November 9, 2009 / 10:33 am

    So where’s the recipie for the pastry!

  7. JehanP
    November 9, 2009 / 11:17 am

    if you click on the word Pastry it is a link to a pastry recipe. It’s the same pastry I used for the Pine tarts.

  8. March 20, 2010 / 2:37 pm

    Hi !
    Many thanks for your recipes, i take 3 for my website, and it was good, not so beautiful than yours.
    Sorry for my english.

  9. JehanP
    March 20, 2010 / 3:00 pm

    Its nice to see that you are using my recipes, I love inspiring others. These recipes posted are recipes from my family and as stated in my blog if you’re using my recipes, credit has to be given to me by posting an active link to my blog or by simply stating the recipes came from Jehan Can Cook.

  10. Crystal
    September 3, 2010 / 7:29 am

    Do you also have the pastry recipe. My husband is Guyanese and I would love to try to master these for him!

    Thank you

  11. JehanP
    September 4, 2010 / 4:34 pm

    Here’s a wonderful recipe that will makes the best pastry!

    1 1/4 cup flour

    1/4 cup butter, cold

    1/4 cup shortening

    3 tbsp ice cold water

    1 egg yolk

    2 tsp water

    Makes 8-10 tarts

    To make Pastry:

    Mix flour and salt together in a bowl. Using a fork or pastry cutter, cut butter and shortening into flour until the mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. Add 3 tbsp of water and mix until well combined. Wrap in cling wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 mins before using.

  12. Jess
    September 17, 2010 / 6:27 pm

    Thanks for the wonderful recipes! I’m from a family of wonderful Guyanese cooks, who, unfortunately, are very bad at giving recipes. So, when I’m all the way across the country and crave some good home-cooking, I always have to improvise from memory. I was definitely elated to find your blog. Keep up the great work!!

    P.S. I find that adding a teaspoon or so of curry powder to the pastry dough adds a nice little flavor and color!

  13. JehanP
    September 17, 2010 / 6:33 pm

    You’re welcome Jess! I’m happy to know that my recipes will be put to good use. I will have to try that tip the next time I make patties, lord know I love curry!

  14. Patricia
    September 18, 2010 / 2:43 pm

    I stumbled upon your recipe for pine tarts and have made them two weekends in a row for my family. I was born in Guyana, came to NY when I was four. All of my family still lives there and I live in CA, so I am always craving some good old Guyanese sweets. I am making the beef patties tonight for my daughter to take back to college. Next weekend it’s the cheese straws. Thanks a lot!

  15. fazena
    October 11, 2010 / 9:14 am

    I am very happy happy to find your recipe i made your pineapple tarts they were very yummy, took to work my friends loved it i am so proud of myself. So now i will try your beef patty or chicken. thanks so much.

  16. Michelle
    October 30, 2010 / 6:46 am

    Thank you so much for this recipe, I’ve been searching the web and you’re the only one who has it…much apprecited!!

  17. Neil
    November 1, 2010 / 3:13 pm

    Jehan! I Love, Love, Love you website! I’ve mad a few things on here already and they came out great! I’m from Trinidad but have a lot of Guyanese friends and I like Guyanese cooking also. It’s hard to ask a West Indian woman for a recipe because they eyeball everything; no measurements whatsoever! 😉 Just a question about these beef patties…: Instead of using a “tartlet pan” can I use something I already have at home? Like a regular baking pan and spread cookie sheet paper or something? I don’t really own a tartlet pan at the moment. Thanks!

  18. JehanP
    November 1, 2010 / 4:20 pm

    Hi Neil, I’m so happy to hear the recipes have all worked!! I plan on making some Trini recipes also, so keep checking for those. As for the tart pan, that’s what gives the Guyanese beef patty it’s shape, however it will still be just as delicious without it :-). A simple solution is to make the patties in the shape of the Jamaican patties. This is as simple as cutting out a circle of pastry and placing the filling on one half and folding it over as seen here. Follow those instructions and it should be fool proof!!

  19. katie
    November 8, 2010 / 6:39 pm

    I will like to buy some patty pan. where can i buy some.

  20. Lolita
    November 23, 2010 / 11:43 pm

    I live in Ottawa, Canada. Would you tell me where I can purchase patty pans please. Thanks

  21. MichaelA
    November 26, 2010 / 2:06 pm

    Looks great! I will definitely try for Xmas when my kids visit for brunch. I live in Winnipeg Manitoba, Canada. Its very cold in the winter so these will help to warm them up!

    I am looking for a good beef Arepa recipe. Some of you may remember a fellow with a shiny steel helmet who used to sell them from a basket at Southern games in Trinidad when I was a kid. His cry was “Get your Arepa here!” as he walked around.

    They were simply amazing.

  22. alasha
    January 11, 2011 / 9:18 am

    Happy new ,

    i was dieing to get my beef patty i can get anyone to bring it for me so i decided to look up on the net to find a recipe for guyanese patty, cheese roll and here i found a lovely one i will now make my own stuff i don’t have to ask anymore

  23. GinaB
    June 23, 2011 / 10:33 am

    I’m about to try this recipe! I noticed in the pastry recipe (above) you forgot to mention salt but in the directions you said to mix flour and salt together. How much salt is required for this recipe? Thanks in advance!

  24. JehanP
    June 28, 2011 / 10:07 am

    Gina, it’s just a pinch of salt, about 1/8 a tsp.

  25. CocoaG
    August 16, 2011 / 4:07 pm

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. Made it last month and it disappeared in minutes. Going to make it again tonight 🙂

  26. LisaBee
    October 23, 2011 / 5:36 pm

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU so much for sharing this recipe. My parents are Guyanese & my granny used to make these patties, pine tarts & cheese straws for us when we were little….I never did get the recipe from her before she passed so this is GREAT…

  27. Timisha
    January 9, 2012 / 5:34 pm

    I don’t have a tartlet pan, do you think this recipe will work without the pan?

  28. JehanP
    January 10, 2012 / 9:11 am

    Absolutely, you can use this technique that I used on the <a href="here.“>Jamaican beef patties.

  29. Timisha
    January 11, 2012 / 11:35 am

    Ok, thanks!

  30. Corinne
    January 29, 2012 / 11:56 am

    Where do get the pans to make the patties?

  31. JehanP
    January 29, 2012 / 6:27 pm

    You can buy the pans on

  32. Corinne
    April 15, 2012 / 3:31 pm

    What size are the pans? The patties looks pretty small and how shallow?

  33. JehanP
    April 16, 2012 / 3:51 pm

    Corrine, I don’t know the size of the pan but it is a shallow tart pan.

  34. Winnie Brown
    April 25, 2012 / 7:18 am

    Where can you get patty pans to buy , In Canada ???

  35. JehanP
    April 25, 2012 / 7:26 am

    Winnie, I don’t live in Toronto but a there’s a link in the post to where you can purchase the pans. Here it is if you missed it. Tartlette Pans

  36. August 23, 2012 / 8:13 am

    Hello Jehan,

    Thank you for sharing this recipe. I live just outside Toronto and there’s definitely no Guyanese food options around, only in Toronto. Since my parents are deceased, I have a hard time finding wonderful Guyanese food. Just seeing this makes my mouth water. One of my favourites for sure! Thanks again love!

    Ashley P.

  37. JehanP
    August 23, 2012 / 12:32 pm

    Hi Ashley, you are so welcome! I’m happy I can help you recreate these dishes.

  38. Susan
    October 12, 2012 / 6:12 pm

    Hi Jehan: I bought the Wilton’s whoopie pie pan, do you think that would work for making the beef patties?
    I did check on and they have Nordic Ware Platinum Nonstick Cast Aluminum Tartlette Pan, but not plain. Would that still work if the pans look like that?

    Thanks, I really enjoy your blog/site and am looking forward to making the beef patties and the cookup rice!


  39. JehanP
    October 12, 2012 / 6:24 pm

    Hi Susan, Yes I don’t see why it won’t work. I’ve made spinach patties without using the pan and the results were great. Go to this post to see:

  40. Netty
    January 1, 2013 / 7:47 pm

    Hey Jehan. I wondered if you can tell me how much garlic powder to use or if I have to use the actual garlic. I don’t eat meat but trying to make this for my boyfriend and dad.

  41. JehanP
    January 2, 2013 / 2:56 pm

    Hi Netty, about 1 tbsp garlic powder should do the trick.

  42. February 23, 2013 / 4:00 pm

    You should be a part of a contest for one of the best blogs on the internet.
    I am going to highly recommend this blog!

  43. July 5, 2013 / 2:28 pm

    Having read this I thought it was very informative. I appreciate you spending some time and effort to
    put this information together. I once again find myself spending way
    too much time both reading and posting comments. But so what, it was still worth it!

  44. May 24, 2015 / 12:30 pm

    What a delight to find Guyanese beef patty, just slightly different from everything else out there. Thanks for sharing the Caribbean Food. May need to browse some more over here to find something to make with this

  45. Trista
    April 12, 2017 / 1:54 pm

    Can I use ground chicken instead?

  46. April 14, 2017 / 12:32 pm

    Hey Jehan! This recipe looks amazing! I’m definitely surprising my carnivore husband with this later this week!
    If these are more buttery and bettered seasoned than the Jamaican, then I will look no further! I’ve never had guyanese food but your blog has inspired me to do so.
    Have you ever made something like this with more veggies? Do you think chicken would have the same affect as far as deliciousness goes?

  47. JehanP
    April 20, 2017 / 1:00 pm

    Hi Ariel, thank you! I do believe there is a veggie patty recipe here and yes chicken would work! Make sure to use lots of chopped onion, that will keep it moist.

  48. JehanP
    April 20, 2017 / 1:01 pm

    Trista ground chicken will work well, just make sure to add lots of onions to keep it moist.

  49. April 22, 2017 / 7:13 pm

    Hi Jehan I am tempted to try this recipe for the beef patties can I substitue using margarine and shortening instead of butter and shortening ?, please let me know?.

  50. Nina
    April 29, 2017 / 2:30 pm

    My Guyanese Mother-in-law, who taught me to cook, would always add green peas, (English peas) frozen, to her meat patties.
    I’m new to your site, love your recipes! Thanks!

  51. JehanP
    May 7, 2017 / 3:34 pm

    Hi Nina, welcome! I sometimes add sweet peas and carrots!

  52. JehanP
    May 7, 2017 / 3:35 pm

    Annette, I wouldn’t suggest making a substitution as it changes the consistency of the dough.