One Bite Beef Samosas

One Bite Beef Samosas

One Bite Beef Samosas Recipe by Raymond Selzer
Cook Time1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time1 hour 30 minutes
Course: amuse bouche
Cuisine: Arabic
Servings: 50 serving


  • 1 pizza dough ball
  • 2 potatoes large
  • 1 cup peas frozen
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 bay leaf crushed
  • 2 onion large chopped fine
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 3 tbsps garlic chopped
  • 1 tbsp ginger fresh , grated
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon ground
  • 2 tbsps cilantro fresh , chopped
  • 2 tbsps jalapeno pepper chopped fine


  • Chop potatoes into 1/2" cubes, put in a pot with the peas, cover with water and boil til potatoes start to soften and peas thaw.
  • Drain potatoes and peas, add to large mixing bowl and mash coarsely. You want it to be very lumpy and quite tacky
  • Preheat your frying oil to 375F. If you don't have a deap fryer you'll need a pot about 3" deep of oil.
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet. Add cumin seeds and bay leaf and saute til fragrant, about a minute
  • Add beef and onions, season liberally with salt and mix til beef breaks apart and begins to brown. 2 - 3 minutes.
  • Add garlic, ginger, pepper, cumin, coriander, turmeric, chilli powder and cinnamon. Mix well and let cook another couple minutes til meat is no longer red.
  • Add the meat to the potatoes and peas in the mixing bowl. Thoroughly mix together with a fork,
  • Mix in the cilantro and jalapeno, then put the bowl in the fridge to cool down.
  • On a floured surface roll out the pizza dough into a rectangle til dough is 1/8" thick. Use a pizza roller to cut the edges of the dough to have straight edges. Press the scrap dough pieces into a ball and set aside.
  • Fill a small bowl with warm water. Retrieve the filling from the fridge and make sure it's cool enough to handle.
  • Place a line of heaping tablespoons of filling along the short side of the dough there should be about 1" between each ball and 1/2" on the sides. Use the pizza roller to slice the dough about 1/2" from the line of balls, then make a slice between each ball, forming squares of dough. Wet 2 opposite sides of each square before folding.
  • Form Squares into balls by pulling the corners of each square of dough over its filling ball, pinch together any holes that form, then toss the ball between your hands to form into more of a sphere. See notes for link to animated gif of ball forming
  • Fry the balls for 3 - 3.5 minutes til golden brown. Don't put too many in the oil at a time, the pot shouldn't be crowded. Also you'll notice the balls tend to float, a large slotted spoon can be used to weight them down in the oil to ensure all sides fry evenly. Serve with chutney!