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Authentic Jamaican Pea Soup

Authentic Jamaican Red Pea Soup Recipe

This famous classic traditional authentic Jamaican red pea soup recipe with kidney beans is hearty and delicious and packed with a mix of Caribbean spices and can be prepared using meat or vegetables making it a great vegetarian or vegan dish.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 50 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine Caribbean, Jamaican
Servings 4 people
Calories 600 kcal


Ingredients For The Jamaican Red Pea Soup

  • 6 cups of water to soak beans
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 pounds kidney beans 900 grams or use 2 canned beans
  • 1 1/2 pounds stew beef
  • 1 pound chicken or turkey neck back, leg or foot (optional oxtail, ham bone, pig feet or tail cut into small pieces)
  • 4 garlic cloves cut small
  • 2 stalks scallion sliced into rings
  • 1 scotch bonnet pepper cut in small pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 medium size onion diced into cubes
  • 2 teaspoons cock soup mix I used Grace brand
  • 1 potato or sweet potato cut into cubes
  • 2 small yams or one large one Cut into small pieces
  • 3/4 teaspoon Jamaican spice All spice, Pimento Seeds, Myrtle Pepper
  • 2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon cock soup mix
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 Sweet potato

Ingredients For The Dumplings

  • 1 cup of all purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoon cornmeal
  • 1 /3 cup of water or as needed


Instructions How To Make Jamaican Dumplings (Spinners)

  • Combine the flour, cornmeal and salt in a small bowl.
  • Add the water and mix together until the dough begins to form. If you fine the dough to stiff, add a bit more water.
  • Rest the dough for 15 minutes covered with plastic.
  • Knead the dough until it's smooth and extensible. Cover and set aside for 10 minutes.
  • To make the spinners, pinch off a small piece of dough about 10-15 grams and roll the dough in-between your palms or on a working surface and shape into long cylindrical piece.
  • Make sure the ends are tampered and place onto a light floured plate and cover.
  • Repeat until all the dumplings are formed. Keep covered and refrigerated until ready to cook.
  • You can cook the spinners/dumplings in boiling pot of water for about 5 minutes then add them to the soup or you can cook them directly in the soup, either way works.

Instructions On How To Make Jamaican Red Pea Soup?

  • Rinse and presoak the dried kidney bean in 6-8 cups of water the night before. Water should be covering the beans.
  • If your using canned kidney beans then add in step 5.
  • The next day - Fill a medium size pot with water and add the beans, salt, chicken or turkey pieces or pork feet or tail and bring to a boil.
  • Add the stew beef and continue to cook on medium high for about 45-60 minutes or until the beef stew meat and beans are tender. Add water as needed, water should also be covering the beans and meat.
  • Add in the coconut milk, onions, scallions, soup mix, garlic, thyme, potatoes, yam, and scotch bonnet peppers and cook on medium low (simmer) for about 20-25 minutes or until potato's and yam are tender.
  • Add the dumplings (spinners) and cook for 5-6 minutes.
  • Scotch bonnet peppers are super hot, you can remove from soup one cooked or omit from recipe.
  • Serve and enjoy. You can serve with side rice.
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