The authentic version uses tripe. I have never cared for tripe, myself, and I have always substituted chicken, beef, turkey, sausage or even ham instead.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
2 hrs 40 mins
total:
3 hrs
Servings:
11
Yield:
8 - 12 servings
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Ingredients

11
Original recipe yields 11 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place the tripe or other meat that you have selected to use in a saucepan, and cover with water. Bring to a boil, and turn off the heat. Allow the meat to cool a bit in the water, and then drain and rinse. Cut into 1/4 inch pieces.

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  • In a large heavy kettle, saute the bacon until clear. Add the onion, celery, leeks, parsley, and green peppers; saute until tender.

  • Stir in beef stock, thyme, marjoram, cloves, red pepper flakes, bay leaf, and black pepper. Bring the kettle to a boil, and turn down to a simmer. Cook, covered, until meat is very tender, about 2 hours.

  • Add the diced potato and carrots, and cook for an additional 20 minutes.

  • Prepare the roux by stirring the flour into the melted butter or margarine, and cooking for a moment on the stove. When the soup is done to your liking, stir in the roux. Simmer, stirring all the while, until the soup thickens a bit. Correct the seasonings.

Nutrition Facts

216 calories; protein 9.4g 19% DV; carbohydrates 18.3g 6% DV; fat 11.7g 18% DV; cholesterol 49.2mg 16% DV; sodium 256.7mg 10% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
09/25/2007
I don't usually make comments about others recipes but I must about this one. This is the best Pepper Pot I have ever had, did add more red pepper about double called for, some salt 1 tsp and instead of tripe used smoked sausage. Everyone loved it!!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
01/29/2010
My grandmother used to make pepper pot soup and I loved it. I went searching for a recipe found this one and made it exactly as it was. I even used tripe. Well it was a lot of work and when it was done it wasn't very good at all. Very disappointing! Read More
(18)
29 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 23
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
09/25/2007
I don't usually make comments about others recipes but I must about this one. This is the best Pepper Pot I have ever had, did add more red pepper about double called for, some salt 1 tsp and instead of tripe used smoked sausage. Everyone loved it!!! Read More
(56)
Rating: 5 stars
02/19/2003
I don't eat tripe but my husband loves it. I made this for him for dinner he ate three bowls and told me that it was better then anyone in his family had made. I figure he's italian he should know. Thanks Read More
(49)
Rating: 5 stars
11/03/2003
I love Pepper Pot Soup and it just doesn't get better than this!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/08/2007
Wow! I have memories of my Granny's kitchen. This soup is so very authentic. I simmered the tripe 3.5 vs. 2 hours and cut the pieces smaller. I also used fresh serrano peppers vs. the crushed red pepper. Excellent! Superb! Read More
(29)
Rating: 5 stars
03/07/2006
Excellent....Ol' Bill Fance could not pull the trigger on the tripe using sausage instead. Also skipped the roux as Ol' Bill prefers a thinning soup and was still very tasty. Will definately make again. Read More
(21)
Rating: 4 stars
10/21/2008
This is a really great recipe. My father and his girlfriend are horrible food snobs. I gave them some of this soup for dinner on a chilly night. When they asked for the recipe I knew I'd hit gold! Thank you! I used chicken and sweet chicken sauage instead of the tripe...just can't do tripe. Enjoy!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/14/2005
This is an excellent recipe. Somewhat labor intensive but worth the effort. I'd give it 5 stars except for my taste bud's linguring memories of my mother's slightly different pepper pot recipe. Read More
(18)
Rating: 1 stars
01/29/2010
My grandmother used to make pepper pot soup and I loved it. I went searching for a recipe found this one and made it exactly as it was. I even used tripe. Well it was a lot of work and when it was done it wasn't very good at all. Very disappointing! Read More
(18)
Rating: 5 stars
04/16/2010
I did make it with tripe and went exactly as the recipe stated except for one addition. I added one cup of diced Chorizo and it made an already great soup even better!! I would definitely make it again. I added the Chorizo at the same time I added the tripe. Read More
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