The calories in a Jamaican beef patty can vary widely depending on its size, ingredients and preparation. A spicy Jamaican beef patty made by Caribbean Food Delights is 400 calories, with 190 calories from fat.
A Jamaican beef patty is similar to a turnover, with a savory beef and onion mixture inside of a flaky, golden pastry crust. The yellow color of the shell comes from the addition of turmeric or egg yolk to the dough. Beef is the traditional filling, but chicken, cheese, shrimp and vegetables can also be used. The signature spices in the beef patty are cumin, curry, cayenne pepper and the Scotch bonnet — a hot pepper indigenous to Jamaica.