Beef Samosas

Since I started blogging dining at restaurants has not been the same. I use to order, wait patiently and then enjoy my meal while engaging in whatever conversation was taking place. Now however, when I take my first bite,  I don’t have much time to savor it before I immediately start thinking to myself “How can I make this at home?” It’s like a little challenge for myself to see how close I can actually get to the restaurant version.  My latest at home attempt were these scrumptious beef samosas. It took just one bite of these flaky snacks filled with a mixture of seasoned ground beef, onions and peas and carrots to realize challenging yourself can be a very good thing.

Traditional samosas are made with a samosa dough and fried. I however happened to have some puff pastry in the freezer and decided to bake them. The puff pastry turned a lovely golden brown and made a wonderful flaky pocket for the savory filling. If you prefer you could substitute ground chicken for the beef.

Beef Samosas Recipe

Makes 8 Prep Time: Cook Time:


  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1 cup frozen mixed peas and carrots
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 sheet of puff pastry
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • non-stick spray



Preheat oven to 400 degrees.


In a pan, brown ground beef over medium heat. While cooking use a spoon to make the pieces of beef as small as possible. Transfer cooked beef to a colander on top of a bowl to strain grease.


In the same pan you browned the ground beef, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and frozen peas and carrots. Cook 3 minutes. Return ground beef to the pan. Stir in cumin, kosher salt, turmeric and garam masala. Pour water over the top and continue cooking for 3-4 minutes or until water is absorbed. Stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.


Roll puff pastry into a 18" x 12" rectangle. Cut into 8 even rectangles. Place 2 tablespoons of mixture in the center of each rectangle. Fold one side over the top of the filling and bring it to the other side. Use a fork to press down edges to seal. Brush each samosa with egg wash. Sprinkle with kosher salt.


Spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray. Place filled samosas on the prepared sheet. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.


Serve hot.

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  • Reply
    March 24, 2010 at 3:17 am

    I’m eating oatmeal for breakfast and am wishing I can have these samosas instead! These look a lot like keema (ground meat) puffs. Same concept as a samosa but uses puff pastry as the dough.

  • Reply
    October 19, 2009 at 4:52 am

    Fried puff pastry pockets sounds decadent, they are always selling samosas for Charity at my school, but I have yet to try them. After reading your recipe I will probably be making them first.

  • Reply
    October 16, 2009 at 11:47 am

    It’s funny, I now find myself having a similar conversation with myself as well. I absolutely love Samosas. I just got an awesome book called ‘World of Dumplings’ and they are featured among other things. Mmmmmm. You’re making me crave some right now. So…naughty.

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    October 16, 2009 at 10:26 am

    tasty! they kind of remind me Spanish empanadas but mini ones I love it!

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