Meat Recipes

Jamaican Stew Peas Recipe


Red peas (red kidney beans), stew beef or pig’s tail, coconut milk, hot pepper, spices combine for a hearty dish popular all over Jamaica.


  • 2 cups red peas
  • ½ lb salt beef
  • 1 lb stew beef (you also can use pigstail if you like)
  • 1 scotch bonnet pepper
  • 2 stalk escallion
  • 3 sprig thyme
  • 2 cups coconut milk(or 1/4 box)
  • 6 pimento seed
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • spinners (See Recipe Below)

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  1. Boil and drain salt beef twice, in a medium size pan.
  2. Place peas, meat and garlic together in the pan, boil until peas are tender, about 1 ½ hour.
  3. Add coconut cream, spinners, and seasoning, cook for about an hour.
  4. Season to taste.
  5. Thicken the mix with 3 tablespoons of flour combined with 1/4 cup water. Strain the mixture into the stew.
  6. Boil until it thickens. Serve with rice.



  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Enough water to bind


  1. Place flour and salt in a medium bowl.
  2. Work mixture with hands while adding enough water to bind, making a stiff dough.
  3. Roll into 1 inch long pieces, drop into boiling stew peas or soup.
  4. Boil until they float or add them during the last 20mins of the cooking process. Enjoy

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Grace "Grandma" Reynolds