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Jamaican Red Peas Soup Jamaican Kidney Beans Soup

Jamaican Red Peas Soup

Fallon Brooks
Jamaican red peas soup is a classic Jamaican dish that is enjoyed by many. Made with beef, pork, and kidney beans with plenty of Jamaican spices.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 20 mins
Course Appetizer, Dinner, supper
Cuisine Jamaican
Servings 6 people


  • 4 pieces stew beef and salted beef
  • 1/2 pound pigtails cut into pieces
  • 2 cups dried red kidney beans
  • 2 whole potatoes cut into big pieces optional
  • flour to make dumplings or spinners optional
  • 1 whole sweet potato or yam cut into big pieces also optional
  • 2 small carrot cut into small cubes
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 2 stalk scallion
  • 3 clove garlic
  • 3 spring thyme
  • small piece ginger
  • 1 whole scotch bonnet or habanero
  • 1 tbsp pimento
  • 1 chicken noodle packet the pumpkin-flavored Use bouillon to substitute.
  • butter Optional
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 12 cups water


NB: you can soak your peas overnight if you prefer. If so you would cook your meat before the peas.

  • In a soup pot bring to boil beef ribs, pigtail, kidney beans, 1/2 garlic, 1/2 thyme, 1/2 pimento, 1/2scallion, ginger, salt for 2 1/2 hrs on medium heat.
  • If you are using salted beef, or salted pigtails do not add salt.
  • If you are using a pressure cooker it should take 1 1/2 hrs to cook the peas and the meat.
  • When the meat and peas are tender add dumplings, carrots, potatoes, and sweet potato. Let that cook for 15 mins
  • If you have other ground provisions you would like to add or take away by all means do so. Some people like to add breadfruit, other forms of yams, cassava, turnips to name some.
  • After 15 mins add the whole scotch bonnet pepper, butter, noodle packet or bouillon, coconut milk, and the remaining thyme, garlic, scallion, and pimento. And let it simmer for another 10mins. Check for the taste and adjust salt, bouillon, or butter accordingly if necessary.

How to make spinners

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Pinch of salt optional
  • In a bowl add flour and salt. Make a hole in the middle of the flour and add water. Mix in the flour until it forms a stiff dough. Not too hard, not too soft. Perfect enough to break a small piece off and roll in the palm of your hand. They should look like worms
Keyword Jamaican Red Peas Soup