Caribbean Beef Soup

Caribbean Beef Soup

The Spruce / Sabrina Russo

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 52 mins
Rest Time: 20 mins
Total: 92 mins
Servings: 5 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
654 Calories
15g Fat
69g Carbs
68g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 5
Amount per serving
Calories 654
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 20%
Saturated Fat 5g 27%
Cholesterol 180mg 60%
Sodium 337mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 69g 25%
Dietary Fiber 15g 52%
Total Sugars 26g
Protein 68g
Vitamin C 59mg 295%
Calcium 292mg 22%
Iron 8mg 44%
Potassium 1870mg 40%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Soups, on the whole, are very hearty affairs in the Caribbean. They often contain some type of meat, ground provisions, dumplings, vegetables, and peas, preferably split peas.

Each island has it's own traditional soup day. In Jamaica, that day is Saturday and they love to make beef soup. Other islands choose Friday or Sunday as their soup day. But you don't need to wait for a specific day to try this version of Caribbean beef soup.


  • 2 teaspoons oil

  • 3/4 cup diced onions

  • 6 sprigs thyme, divided

  • 2 pounds bone-in stew beef, cut up

  • 1/2 cup yellow split peas

  • Kosher salt, to taste

  • Black pepper, to taste

  • 5 to 6 cups water

  • 1 pound white sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch chunks

  • 1 pound half-ripe plantains, peeled and cut into 1-inch rounds

  • 2 carrots, diced

  • 1 recipe dumpling (spinners)

  • 6 to 8 okra, tops and tips removed

  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions, white and green parts

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Caribbean Beef Soup ingredients

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  2. Heat the oil in the pressure cooker or pot. It's best to make this soup in a pressure cooker, but you can prepare it in a regular pot. If you use a regular pot, you will need to add more water to the soup and increase the cooking time.

    pressure cooker

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  3. Add onions and sauté until translucent, about 2 to 3 minutes.

    onions in a pressure cooker

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  4. Add 3 sprigs of thyme and sauté for 1 minute.

    onions and herbs in a pressure cooker

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  5. Add beef and sauté along with the onions and thyme for 3 minutes. Add split peas along with salt and pepper to taste.

    beef, with peas, onions and herbs in the pressure cooker

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  6. Add 5 cups of water, stir, scraping up any bits stuck to the bottom of the pot. Close the pressure cooker and let pressure for 20 to 22 minutes. Timing begins from the first whistle. If you are using a pot, and an extra cup of water, bring to a boil, cover, and then let simmer for 30 to 35 minutes.

    water added to the beef mixture in the pressure cooker

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  7. Open the pressure cooker and add sweet potatoes, plantains, carrots, and remaining thyme and enough water to cook the ingredients and make soup. Let cook on high heat for 12 to 15 minutes. Do not lock the pressure cooker; just let the cover rest on top of the pot.

    Caribbean Beef Soup cooking in a pressure cooker

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  8. Gather the raw dumpling dough and shape into spinners.

    raw dumplings shaped into spinner on a plate

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  9. Add spinner dough, along with okra to pot; cover and let cook for 6 to 8 minutes or until the dumpling is cooked through.

    Caribbean Beef Soup in a slow cooker

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  10. Taste soup for seasoning (salt and pepper) and adjust accordingly. Stir in green onions and serve.

    Caribbean Beef Soup in a slow cooker

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Edited by Hector Rodriguez

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