Jamaican pepperpot beef stew

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A spicy Jamaican / West Indian meat stew that is often served with dumplings.

This recipe is a very meaty version and I have included a small amount of chopped kidneys for extra flavour.

Our other Pepperpot recipe has a much higher ratio of vegetables, and would also be more economical. I think this is better though!

This recipe is also highly suited for use in a slow cooker - cook on low for about 4 hours.

Jamaican pepperpot beef stew
Servings:Serves 6
Calories per serving:420
Ready in:3 hours, 45 minutes
Prep. time:15 minutes
Cook time:3 hours, 30 minutes
Difficulty:Average difficulty
Recipe author:Chef
First published:30th June 2017

Best recipe review

Pretty nice


I prefer Indian curries, but this one is not at all bad!

The Judge


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Mise en place

  • Preheat your oven to 160° C (325° F - gas 3), [fan oven 140° C & reduce cooking time by 10 mins per hour]
  • If using a slow cooker set to low.


  1. Mix the flour, ground ginger, salt and pepper together and mix well - I use a mortar and pestle to break down the sea salt.
  2. Dredge the steak in the seasoned flour to coat well. A really good way to do this is add the seasoned flour and the meat to a Lock & Lock box, close the lid and shake like mad. As you can see from the picture it does a good job!
  3. Heat the oil and fry the meat in batches until browned. Add a little more oil if needed.
  4. Tip everything, including any left over seasoned flour, into a lidded oven-proof casserole dish and mix well.
  5. Cook for 3.5 hours at 160° C (325° F)
  6. Remove the bay leaf before serving.

Serving suggestions

Sprinkle with the chopped parsley and serve with rice or potatoes and dumplings and a green vegetable.


I used 530g 1 pack of stewing beef and 1 440g pack of stewing beef and kidneys, mixed. I also used 6 large cloves of garlic and added a small glass of red wine as, unusually, there was some left over from the night before!

As this was so nice, I made a second batch using steak and kidneys and to make it go further as it is quite rich, I added a can of drained kidney beans and 2 cans of tinned tomatoes. Instead of chili sauce I used 2 small red chillies (de-seeded) and one Indian green chilli including seeds.

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