Caribbean Beef Tripe Soup

Caribbean beef tripe recipe

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Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 80 mins
Rest time for dumpling dough: 20 mins
Total: 2 hrs
Servings: 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
320 Calories
9g Fat
38g Carbs
23g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 320
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 237mg 79%
Sodium 510mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Dietary Fiber 8g 30%
Protein 23g
Calcium 225mg 17%
*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.)

Tripe, cowheel, and beef are among the many thick kinds of soup that are often enjoyed as main meals in the Caribbean. The type of tripe that is most widely available and used is cow's tripe. It's used in this interesting recipe along with split peas, pumpkin, plantains, okra, and dumplings to create a delicious and wholesome soup.

The soup does require a long cooking time, so a pressure cooker is ideal for making it. You can use a regular stock pot, but it will take two to three hours to cook the tripe to the desired tenderness. 


  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • 1 cup onions (diced)
  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme (divided)
  • 2 pounds cow tripe (cut up)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Black pepper (to taste)
  • 6 cups water (plus more to create soup)
  • 1/2 cup yellow split peas (soaked overnight)
  • 1 pound pumpkin (calabaza squash, cut into large chunks)
  • 2 pounds green plantains (peeled and cut into 1-inch rounds)
  • 6 to 8 okra
  • 12 flour dumplings

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for Caribbean beef tripe soup
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  2. Heat the oil in a pressure cooker.

    Heat oil
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  3. Add the onions and sauté until they're translucent (about 2 to 3 minutes).

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

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  5. Add the tripe, salt, and pepper to taste. Sauté for 4 minutes.

    Add tripe
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  6. Add 6 cups water and stir.

    Add water
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  7. Cover the pressure cooker and let the soup cook for 45 to 50 minutes. Time begins from the first whistle. (If using a stockpot, cover it and cook for 2 to 3 hours.)

    Cover pressure cooker
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  8. Release pressure cooker valve to let out steam and open pressure cooker.

    Release pressure cooker
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  9. Add the peas and enough additional water to make soup. Cover the pot and cook for 5 more minutes. Again, time begins from the first whistle.

    Add peas
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  10. Release the pressure cooker valve to let out steam and open the pressure cooker.

    Release pressure cooker
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  11. Add the pumpkin, plantains, and the remaining thyme.

    Bananas and pumpkins
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  12. Cook until the plantains are almost melting. Don't close the pressure cooker at this stage. Just rest the cover on top of the pot. 

    Cook plantains
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  13. Add the okra and dumplings to the pot. Cover and cook for 6 to 8 minutes or until the dumplings are cooked through.

    Add okra
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  14. Taste for seasoning and adjust if necessary.

    Taste for seasoning
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  15. Stir and serve.

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  • Tripe is an acquired taste. It's the stomach of an animal, specifically a cow in this recipe. A cow has three stomachs, and all of them are used to produce tripe. However, you're not eating the whole stomach, just its lining.
  • Ask your butcher to remove the pieces of fat from the tripe for you, and make sure to rinse it well when you get home. 
  • When you're using a pressure cooker, begin timing after the first whistle. 
  • As with almost any dish, and particularly soup, you can add any of your favorite ingredients to this recipe to make it uniquely yours. Some cooks add carrots, green olives, or raisins, while others prefer garlic.
  • You could also substitute saba bananas for the plantains or replace 1/4 cup of the water with lime juice. Some tripe soup recipes call for two pigs feet as well. 

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