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Caribbean Tripe Soup

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Tripe Soup

Tripe Soup

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Tripe, Cowheel and Beef are among the many thick soups made in the Caribbean and enjoyed as a main meal.

The tripe most used and available in the Caribbean is cow's tripe. It is a meat that requires long cooking and so the best tool to use to make Tripe Soup is a pressure cooker. Of course the soup can be made in a regular pot but it will take at least 2 - 3 hours to be cooked enough so that the tripe is tender.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Rest time for dumpling dough: 20 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours

Yield: Serves 6


  • 2 Tsp oil
  • 1 cup diced onions
  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme, divided
  • 2 lbs cow tripe, cut up
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Water
  • 1/2 cup yellow split peas, soaked overnight
  • 1 lb. pumpkin (calabaza squash), cut into large chunks
  • 2 lbs. green plantains, peeled and cut into 1-inch rounds
  • 6 - 8 okra
  • Dumplings


  1. Heat oil in pressure cooker.

  2. Add onions and saute until translucent, 2 - 3 minutes

  3. Add 3 sprigs of thyme and saute for 1 minute

  4. Add tripe along with salt and pepper to taste and saute for 4 minutes.

  5. Add 6 cups water, stir and cover pressure cook and let cook for 45 - 50 minutes. Time begins from the first whistle.

  6. Add peas and enough water to make soup, cover pot and let pressure for 5 minutes. Time begins from the first whistle. Release pressure cooker valve to let out steam and open pressure cooker.

  7. Add pumpkin, plantains and remaining thyme. Cook until plantains for almost melting. (Do not close pressure cooker at this stage, just rest the cover on top of the pot).

  8. Add okra and dumplings to pot, cover and let cook for 6 - 8 minutes or until dumplings are cooked through.

  9. Taste for seasoning and adjust if necessary. Stir and serve.

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 5 out of 5
Tripe, cow heel, and calaloo soups, Member dambrosine

I am 63 years young. Came to the US at 14 years old from Trinidad. All the above soups recipes are just the way my departed aunt made them. They were always delicious. I make them especially during the winter. My children, eldest is 42, all like these soups, along with any other Caribbean meals I make. Just reading the recipes simulate the flavors on my taste buds. All authentic Caribbean soups!! They all are great and delicious!! Will never forget them.

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