Nigerian Pepper Soup : Assorted Cow Meat Peppersoup

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Nigerian Pepper soup
Nigerian Pepper Soup is a broth-like savory and spicy  soup made with assorted meat/fish/poultry and some ''hot'' local spices.
This is one of the sought after Nigerian soups and is usually named  based on the type of meat (protein)used in cooking it.

The recipe below, is the Assorted cow meat pepper soup, you can also check out the recipe for Goat meat pepper soup and  Catfish peppersoup(point and kill)

Ingredients for Nigerian Pepper Soup : Assorted Cow Meat Pepper soup
*500 g Assorted Cow(tripe, heart, liver&muscle)...cut into small pieces

*2 tablespoonful pepper soup spice mix
*Habanero/Chilli Pepper (to taste)
*2 teaspoonful  Dry Uziza/basil leaves (optional)
*1 tablespoonful of ground Crayfish
*2 Stock cubes /stock powder(maggi or knorr e.t.c)
* 1 teaspoon thyme (optional)
*1 medium Onion bulb(chopped)
* Salt - to taste
*Water (as needed)
Quick Note:  I  always make my own pepper soup spice mix but in the absence of these spices, you can make use of only roasted Calabash Nutmeg a.k.a Ehu /Ehuru/Ariwo after peeling off the roasted skin.


Updated  24/09/2015 with step by step pics

* * If you don't have the pre- packaged pepper soup spices, you can prepare you own pepper soup spices  by following the recipe HERE.
1.  First, clean and cook the toughest meat first; which is usually the cow foot and tripe (shaki). Add salt and thyme, pour enough water to cover the meat and leave to cook for 35 minutes on medium heat.
 Tip: The thyme is optional, so you can leave it out if you want to. 
2. After 35 minutes, stir and add the cow heart. Cook for 10 minutes and then add the muscle(fuku) and the liver. Stir well and add more water to cover the meat.

3. Add the chopped onions and  stock cubes. Cover and cook for 5 minutes.

4. Next, add the ground pepper, ground crayfish, uziza/basil leaves ,the  ground pepper soup spices, mix thoroughly and cook for 5 minutes or until the assorted meat are well cooked.
5. Now the pepper soup is ready . Serve hot and enjoy.
 Nigerian Pepper Soup can be served alone as a side dish, or eaten as a meal, with Eko (agidi), Agidi jollof, boiled yams, boiled potatoes, boiled white rice and boiled plantains.

** Don't forget to check out the recipes for Goat meat pepper soup, Catfish peppersoup, Nigerian Yam and Fresh Fish Pepper Soup , and Ji Mmiri Oku (Yam and Dried Fish Pepper Soup Porridge).

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 By Nky Lily Lete


  1. What kind of temptation is this! Thanks for this video.

    1.'re welcome Nonso :)

    2. Can I do this soup with chicken only

    3. Can I use chicken only

    4. Yes you can dear, that'll be chicken pepper soup, very delicious too :)

  2. Anonymous6:07:00 PM

    Great recipe, thank you.

  3. Anonymous12:48:00 PM

    Thanks..Easy and straight to the point.. can i use already ground pepper soup spices I bought at the african stores?

  4. Anonymous11:13:00 PM

    This is Awesome!

  5. can i use tropical sun ground nutmeg in place of the calabash nutmeg?

    1. No dear, they are not the same thing. Calabash nutmeg is different from the regular nutmeg, click the name above to see the picture

  6. Anonymous1:52:00 PM

    please can i use cow leg too?

    1. Yes dear you can use cow leg.

  7. When do I add the habanero? Also, is it ok to blend the onion and habanero? I've seen someone do this. Or would it somehow mess with the texture. thanks for this, aunty!

    1. Hi Mya, you can add it at the step when the ground pepper was added. And yes, you can blend the onion and habanero,it won't ruin the texture.
      Let me know how it turns out and send me pics too :)

  8. Anonymous2:47:00 AM

    The International market here had whole nutmeg imported but no calabash nutmeg - can I use this or something else?

    1. No you cant use ordinary nutmeg, it has to be the local calabash nutmeg, see a sample here 

  9. Anonymous5:45:00 AM

    Chicken soup is diffrnt frm chicken stew,ryt? Pls can u help wit how to make d chicken soup?

    1. Yes they are different.
      Do you want normalmchicken soup recipe or chicken pepper soup recipe?

  10. Anonymous5:26:00 PM

    Thks so much for dis site.....pls how can I make Irish potato chips.

  11. Thank you very much!!! I have cooked pepper soup for first time in my life( I am Russian). I love this soup. The way you explain step by step - love it!!!! Thank you once again.

  12. Anonymous1:37:00 AM

    Thanks for teaching all this without taking kobo,you rock my world.My hubby is so happy his wife can prepare variety of dishes all thanks to you.U re just a rare breed.Luv u loads😙

  13. You did a very wonderful job , by releasing this information, keep it up .


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