Traditional Jamaican Pumpkin Beef Soup

March 04, 2022

This traditional Jamaican Pumpkin Beef Soup is a delicious Saturday tradition!


  • 1 lb Yellow Yam, peel and cut into large cubes (Buy Now)
  • 1 pack Grace Pumpkin Soup Mix (Buy Now)
  • 1 pack Grace Chicken Soup Mix (Buy Now)
  • 1 Scotch Bonnet Pepper and/or Scotch Bonnet Hot Pepper Sauce to taste (Buy Now)
  • 8 cups Water
  • 2 lbs Stewing Beef
  • 3 cups diced Jamaican Pumpkin, or butternut squash
  • 2 Carrots, chopped (1-inch piece)
  • 3 stalks Celery, chopped (1-inch pieces)
  • 1 Chocho (chayote), peeled and sliced into 16 pieces
  • 1 cup Turnip, diced (optional)
  • 1/2 each red and green Bell Pepper, chopped
  • 1 large Onion, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp Margarine or Butter
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • 2 sprigs Fresh Thyme
  • Dumplings
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Mix together to make stiff dough. Form into 7 to 8 flat, round dumplings


        • Bring water to a boil and add beef and diced pumpkin

        • Cover pot lower heat to Medium-Low and cook for about 1 hour or until the pumpkin has dissolved and beef is tender

        • Add celery, carrot, chocho and turnip and bring to a boil

        • Add yellow yam and dumplings (see recipe above) and bring to a boil

        • Add bell peppers, onion and beef-pumpkin and/or chicken soup mix to pot

        • Turn down heat and add butter/margarine, pepper sauce and thyme

        • Place whole scotch bonnet pepper on top of soup, cover and simmer on low for about 30 minutes

        • Remove scotch bonnet pepper and thyme sprigs; turn off stove and serve..

        • Enjoy
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