Jamaican Stew Peas Recipe - Easy to Make Vegan Comfort Food

Jamaican Stew Peas

Looking for something new to add to your recipe collection? Why not dive into the rich and flavorful world of Jamaican cuisine with a classic dish that will leave your taste buds wanting more?

Learn how to make Jamaican Stew Peas, a traditional and beloved meal that has been enjoyed by generations of families in Jamaica. This hearty and satisfying dish combines tender smoked turkey, kidney beans, and a blend of aromatic spices, all simmered to perfection in a pressure cooker.

The secret to this delicious stew is the addition of spinners, small dumplings made from a simple mixture of flour and salt. These spinners not only add texture but also help to thicken the stew, making it even more delectable. Jamaican Stew Peas is a prime example of the bold and vibrant flavors that Jamaican recipes are known for, and it's sure to become a favorite in your home as well.

So, if you're ready to embark on a culinary adventure and bring a taste of Jamaica to your kitchen, keep reading and discover how you can prepare this mouth-watering Jamaican Stew Peas recipe!

How to Make Jamaican Stew Peas: Step-by-Step Guide

Jamaican Stew Peas is a delicious and hearty dish that features red kidney beans, coconut milk, whole scotch bonnet pepper, and a variety of meats like salted pigtail, turkey neck, salted beef, and oxtail. This step-by-step guide will walk you through the process of making this classic Jamaican dish.


  • 2 cups red kidney beans (soaked overnight) or two 15 oz canned beans, undrained
  • 6 cups of water (for boiling)
  • 1 lb smoked turkey neck, salted pigtail, salted beef, or oxtail
  • 1 chopped yellow onion
  • 2 green onions
  • 1 tsp dried thyme or 2 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 15 oz can unsweetened coconut milk
  • 3 chopped garlic cloves
  • 1 whole scotch bonnet pepper
  • 1 tsp black pepper (or to taste)
  • ½ tsp salt (or to taste)


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 5-6 tbsp water

Tools Needed:

  • Pressure cooker or large pot with a lid
  • Mixing bowl
  • Wooden spoon
  • Slotted spoon
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Measuring cups and spoons


  1. If using dried red beans, soak them overnight in enough water to cover them by at least 2 inches. Drain the beans before using.

  2. In a pressure cooker or large pot, combine the soaked or canned beans, 6 cups of water, and your choice of meat (turkey neck, salted pigtail, salted beef, or oxtail). Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat.

  3. Once boiling, reduce the heat to medium and let the mixture cook for about 45 minutes to an hour, or until the beans are tender and the meat is cooked through. If using a pressure cooker, follow the manufacturer's instructions for cooking time.

  4. While the beans and meat are cooking, prepare the spinners. In a mixing bowl, combine the spinner ingredients (1 cup all-purpose flour, ½ teaspoon salt, and 5-6 tablespoons water). Mix until a dough forms.

  5. Divide the dough into small pieces and roll each piece between your palms to create a cylindrical shape. These are your spinners.

  6. Once the beans and meat are cooked, add the chopped onions, green onions, thyme, coconut milk, garlic, scotch bonnet pepper, black pepper, and salt to the pot. Stir well to combine.

  7. Gently drop the spinners into the stew, making sure they are submerged in the liquid. Cover the pot and allow the stew to simmer for an additional 20-30 minutes, or until the spinners are cooked through and the stew has thickened.

  8. Taste the stew and adjust the seasonings if necessary. Remove the scotch bonnet pepper before serving.

  9. Serve your Jamaican Stew Peas hot over a bed of rice or with a side of your favorite bread for a delicious and satisfying meal.

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Useful Tips When Making Jamaican Stew Peas

red kidney beans

Though this recipe is a straightforward and delicious way to make Jamaican Stew Peas, there are some useful tips to ensure that your dish is as flavorful and authentic as possible.

  1. Meat options: While pig's tail is a traditional choice for this dish, you can also use other types of meat such as turkey wings, stew beef, or even oxtail. Feel free to mix and match to suit your preferences and availability.

  2. Preparing red peas: If using dried red peas, remember to soak them overnight and drain before cooking. This will help to soften the peas and reduce the overall cooking time. Alternatively, you can use canned red peas to save time.

  3. Cooking the peas: To ensure that the peas are cooked properly, bring to a boil and then reduce to medium heat. You'll know when the peas are cooked when they are tender and easy to bite through.

  4. Making the spinners: To make the spinners, simply combine the ingredients and dough and roll small pieces between your palms to create a cylindrical shape. Add the spinners to the stew when you add the spices and other ingredients, ensuring they are submerged in the liquid.

  5. Using a slow cooker: If you prefer to use a slow cooker, you can still make this delicious dish. Just add all the ingredients, except for the spinners, to the slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours. Make the spinners and add them to the slow cooker during the last 30 minutes of cooking.

  6. Adjusting the heat level: If you're sensitive to spicy foods, you can reduce the heat level by removing the seeds and membrane from the scotch bonnet pepper or using a milder pepper variety.

  7. Serving suggestions: Jamaican Stew Peas is best served over white rice, but you can also serve it with Jamaican dumplings or your favorite bread.


What are the main ingredients in Jamaican Stew Peas?

Jamaican Stew Peas is a traditional dish made with red kidney beans, also known as Jamaican red peas, and a combination of meats such as pigs tail, turkey wings, or stew beef. The dish is flavored with a variety of spices and spinners, small dumplings made from a simple dough of flour, salt, and water.

How do I prepare dried red kidney beans for Jamaican Stew Peas?

To prepare dried red kidney beans for Jamaican Stew Peas, you will need to soak them overnight in enough water to cover them by at least 2 inches. This helps to soften the beans and reduces the cooking time. Before using the beans in your recipe, drain the water the beans soaked in and rinse them thoroughly.

Can I use canned beans instead of dried beans?

Yes, you can use canned beans as a convenient alternative to dried beans. If using canned beans, you won't need to soak them overnight. Simply drain and rinse the beans before adding them to your recipe. Keep in mind that canned beans may have a slightly different texture than dried peas, but the overall flavor of the dish should remain the same.

How do I make spinners for Jamaican Stew Peas?

To make spinners for Jamaican Stew Peas, combine 1 cup of all-purpose flour, ½ teaspoon of salt, and 5-6 tablespoons of water in a mixing bowl. Mix the ingredients until a dough forms. Divide the dough into small pieces and roll each piece between your palms to create a cylindrical shape. When you're ready to add in the spinners, gently drop them into the simmering stew, ensuring they are submerged in the liquid.

Can I adjust the seasonings in Jamaican Stew Peas?

Yes, you can adjust the seasonings in Jamaican Stew Peas to suit your taste preferences. If you prefer a spicier dish, you can add more scotch bonnet pepper or use a hotter pepper variety. You can also adjust the salt and black pepper levels to your liking. If you're looking for a healthier option, you can serve the stew over brown rice instead of white rice.


In conclusion, Jamaican Stew Peas with Spinners is a rich and hearty stew that is sure to impress your family and friends. By following the step-by-step guide and useful tips provided in this blog, you'll be able to create an authentic and flavorful dish that showcases the best of Jamaican cuisine.

So, gather your ingredients and get ready to embark on a culinary adventure with this delectable Jamaican Stew Peas recipe.

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