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Recipe: Guyanese Pepperpot, a Hearty and Flavorful Stew

Guyanese Pepperpot is a traditional and flavorful stew hailing from the beautiful country of Guyana in South America. This dish is a celebration of rich flavors and aromas, with a blend of meat, vegetables, and aromatic spices, slow-cooked to perfection. It's a favorite during festive occasions and a true representation of Guyanese culinary heritage.

Recipe: Guyanese Pepperpot


  • 2 lbs beef, pork, or a combination of both (cut into bite-sized pieces)

  • 2 cups cassava or yam (peeled and cubed)

  • 2 large onions (finely chopped)

  • 4 garlic cloves (minced)

  • 2 scallions (sliced)

  • 4 wiri wiri peppers or Scotch bonnet peppers (seeds removed, minced) - adjust to desired spiciness

  • 2 cinnamon sticks

  • 6 cloves

  • 6 pimento (allspice) berries

  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 1 tbsp brown sugar

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil

  • 4 cups beef or vegetable broth

  • 1 cup coconut milk

  • Salt and black pepper to taste


  1. Marinate the meat: In a large bowl, season the meat with salt and black pepper, then set it aside to marinate for at least 30 minutes.

  2. Prepare the peppers: If you prefer a milder dish, use wiri wiri peppers. For a spicier kick, use Scotch bonnet peppers. Remove the seeds and mince the peppers. Remember to wear gloves while handling hot peppers.

  3. Sear the meat: In a large, heavy-bottomed pot, heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Add the marinated meat and sear until it's browned on all sides. Remove the meat from the pot and set it aside.

  4. Sauté the aromatics: In the same pot, add the chopped onions, minced garlic, sliced scallions, and minced peppers. Sauté until the onions become translucent and the mixture becomes aromatic.

  5. Add the spices: Return the seared meat to the pot. Add the cinnamon sticks, cloves, pimento berries, fresh thyme, and bay leaves. Stir well to coat the meat with the spices.

  6. Add the liquids: Pour in the beef or vegetable broth and the coconut milk, making sure the meat is fully covered. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low.

  7. Simmer the stew: Cover the pot and let the Guyanese Pepperpot simmer on low heat for at least 2 hours, or until the meat becomes tender and flavorful. You can simmer it for longer for even richer flavors.

  8. Add the root vegetables: After the initial simmering, add the cubed cassava or yam to the pot. Continue simmering until the root vegetables are tender and the stew thickens slightly.

  9. Adjust seasoning: Taste the Pepperpot and adjust the salt and pepper according to your preference. For a touch of sweetness, you can add brown sugar, but this is optional and depends on personal taste.

  10. Serve and enjoy: Guyanese Pepperpot is best enjoyed with some freshly made rice or roti to soak up the delicious flavors. Serve it hot and savor the delightful taste of this traditional Caribbean dish!


  • You can use any type of meat you like in pepperpot, but beef, pork, and oxtails are traditional.

  • If you can't find cassareep, you can substitute 1/2 cup molasses and 1/4 cup vinegar.

  • The scotch bonnet pepper is a hot pepper, so you can adjust the amount to your liking.

  • Pepperpot is traditionally slow-cooked for several hours, but you can speed up the process by cooking it in a pressure cooker.

Note: The longer you let the Guyanese Pepperpot rest, the better it tastes, so consider preparing it a day ahead if possible. The flavors will meld together beautifully, creating an even more delectable experience.


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