Authentic Pepper Pot Soup


Pepper pot soup is made with beef tripe but you can substitute chicken, beef, turkey, sausage, or even ham.

Prep Time:
40 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs 40 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 40 mins


  • 1 pound honeycomb beef tripe

  • 5 slices bacon, diced

  • 3 medium leeks, chopped

  • 2 medium green bell peppers, diced

  • 1 bunch fresh parsley, chopped

  • ½ cup chopped onion

  • ½ cup chopped celery

  • 2 quarts beef stock

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ½ teaspoon dried marjoram

  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves (Optional)

  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme

  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

  • 1 large bay leaf

  • 1 large potato, peeled and diced

  • 2 large carrots, diced

  • 4 tablespoons margarine

  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour


  1. Place tripe into a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil, then turn off the heat and let sit until tripe has cooled slightly, about 20 minutes. Drain and rinse; cut into 1/4-inch pieces.

  2. Sauté bacon in a Dutch oven over medium heat until clear, 2 to 3 minutes. Add leeks, bell peppers, parsley, onion, and celery; sauté until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in stock, pepper, marjoram, cloves, thyme, pepper flakes, and bay leaf. Add tripe and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover, and simmer until tripe is very tender, about 2 hours. Add potato and carrots; cook until tender, about 20 minutes.

  3. When the soup is almost ready, melt margarine in a small skillet over medium-low heat. Whisk in flour and stir until mixture becomes paste-like and light golden brown, about 5 minutes. Stir roux into soup and cook, stirring constantly, until soup thickens a bit. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired. Discard bay leaf.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

228 Calories
13g Fat
15g Carbs
12g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 228
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 65mg 22%
Sodium 301mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Protein 12g
Vitamin C 29mg 144%
Calcium 72mg 6%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 453mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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