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 oups and is usually named  based on the type of meat (protein)used in cooking it.

The recipe below, is the Assorted cow meat epper 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 firstwhich 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 therecipes 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


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  1. kamoru
    April 19, 2016 / 12:11 pm

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

  2. Anonymous
    November 30, 2015 / 12:37 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?

  3. Unknown
    October 27, 2015 / 4:46 pm

    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.

  4. Anonymous
    March 17, 2015 / 4:26 pm

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

  5. Anonymous
    February 27, 2015 / 4:45 am

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

    • Nky Lily Lete
      March 1, 2015 / 6:35 pm

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

  6. Anonymous
    December 3, 2014 / 1:47 am

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

  7. Mya Carter
    November 7, 2014 / 11:29 pm

    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!

    • Nky Lily Lete
      November 12, 2014 / 9:58 am

      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. Anonymous
    July 24, 2014 / 11:52 am

    please can i use cow leg too?

    • Nky Lily Lete
      August 5, 2014 / 4:49 pm

      Yes dear you can use cow leg.

  9. patience samuel
    February 2, 2014 / 3:10 pm

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

    • Nky Lily Lete
      February 3, 2014 / 11:48 am

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

  10. Anonymous
    January 14, 2014 / 10:13 pm

    This is Awesome!

    • Nky Lily Lete
      January 18, 2014 / 5:52 pm

      Thanks 🙂

  11. Anonymous
    January 9, 2014 / 11:48 am

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

    • Nky Lily Lete
      January 18, 2014 / 5:50 pm

      yes you can dear 🙂

  12. Anonymous
    January 8, 2014 / 5:07 pm

    Great recipe, thank you.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      January 18, 2014 / 5:49 pm

      Thanks 🙂

  13. Anonymous
    October 7, 2013 / 4:00 pm

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

    • Nky Lily Lete
      October 7, 2013 / 9:37 pm're welcome Nonso 🙂

    • salena harris
      March 10, 2014 / 3:19 am

      Can I do this soup with chicken only

    • salena harris
      March 10, 2014 / 3:20 am

      Can I use chicken only

    • Nky Lily Lete
      March 13, 2014 / 4:34 pm

      Yes you can dear, that'll be chicken pepper soup, very delicious too 🙂