Mini Jamaican Beef Bites In Phyllo Shells

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One of my favorite food finds when we moved to central Florida was savory empanadas. It seems all the islands have their own variation, and they’re all amazing. My favorite version that I’ve tried is from  Jamaica. They use lots of curry powder and beef to make their empanadas (also known as a Jamaican beef patties) that you just can’t resist.

I wanted to take all those amazing flavors of Jamaican beef patties, and put them into an easy to make party appetizer. So I made the flavorful filling and put them in these cute little mini Athen’s phyllo shells.

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These little bite-sized appetizers are great for parties and get-togethers. And with Memorial Day weekend coming up, these would make perfect little treats for your guests. My family loves them. And if you have leftover filling, you can serve it over white rice. It’s amazing!

beef bites on white plate

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Yield: Makes 45 bites

Mini Jamaican Beef Bites In Phyllo Shells

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1 lb ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup diced potato
1/3 cup diced carrot
1 clove garlic, finely diced
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup frozen and defrosted peas
1 tablespoon curry powder
1/2 cup beef stock
1/3 cup chopped green onions
1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
3 packages Athens mini phyllo shells


Heat skillet over medium heat. Add beef, onion, potato, carrot, garlic and salt. Cook until meat is browned and vegetables are tender. After meat is done, add peas, curry powder and beef stock. Mix well and cook until stock is almost evaporated.

Heat phyllo shells in oven according to package directions. Add a spoonful of filling to each cup. Garnish with fresh parsley and green onions.

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  13 Responses to “Mini Jamaican Beef Bites In Phyllo Shells”

  1. Paula - bell'alimento — May 22, 2013 @ 5:43 pm

    I love those little Phyllo cups. I keep a box in my freezer for when I need a quick appetizer or dessert.

  2. How awesome are these! Such a great idea for parties. I love little two-bite treats like this. Thanks for sharing, Angie!

  3. Yum! These look great!

  4. So I know these are in appetizer portions and all, but would it be cool if I just ate the whole plate myself? Because that’s what would happen with me around these. 🙂 YUM!

  5. Tanya — May 23, 2013 @ 1:17 pm

    I love phyllo shells. You can do so much with them. These look so tasty. definitely going on my menu for next month.

  6. Love those little phyllo shells and I must try these tasty little bites!

  7. Yes, please! Love the beef with the curry. And these are fabulous in the Athens phyllo shells!

  8. This looks amazing Angie. Phyllo cups – must find them immediately.

  9. Shaina — May 28, 2013 @ 9:44 pm

    Fancy. I need these at my next hosted dinner.

  10. Tara @ Unsophisticook — May 30, 2013 @ 9:11 am

    These are adorable! Definitely need to pick up some of those phyllo shells.

  11. Anonymous — March 16, 2014 @ 7:45 pm

    What kind of curry can be used to make these delicious looking appetizers?

    • Angie McGowan — March 17, 2014 @ 10:43 am

      I just used a yellow curry powder.

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