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African Pepper Soup in a pot with lime garnish

African Pepper Soup

African Pepper Soup It only takes a few everyday ingredients and minimal effort to whip up this popular African Pepper Soup.
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine African
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 462kcal


Stove Top African Pepper Soup.

  • 675 g (1.5lb) beef or goat meat cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 onions minced
  • 3 garlic minced
  • 1 tsp minced ginger
  • 0.5 tsp white pepper
  • 0.5 tsp.black pepper
  • 1.5 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 stock cube or more to taste
  • Scotch bonnet pepper to taste
  • 1.25 L 5 cups water
  • 3 tbsp tomato puree
  • Salt

Instant Pot African Pepper Soup

  • Reduce water to 900 ml (3.8 cups)
  • All other ingredients the same

Slow cooker version

  • Reduce water to 900 ml (3.8 cups)
  • All other ingredients the same


Stove top African Pepper Soup

  • Mix together meat, onion, garlic, ginger, white pepper, black pepper and thyme in your pot.
  • Add the water, bring to boil and reduce to a roiling simmer for 15 mins.
  • Add the tomato puree and season with salt and simmer for another 10-15 mins until the beef is done
  • Adjust seasoning and serve.

Instant Pot African Pepper Soup

  • Add all the ingredients to the Instant Pot insert and mix well.
  • Select the manual or pressure cook button (dependent upon IP model), select high pressure and set the timer to 20 mins. Cook till done.
  • Let the steam release naturally.Adjust seasoning and serve.

Slow Cooker African Pepper Soup

  • Add everything to slow cooker.
  • Cook on high for 4-5 hrs or low 6-8 hrs.
  • Adjust seasoning and serve.


Note Tougher pieces of meat may need a while longer to cook (if water reduces when cooking top up with another 250 mls ( 1 cup).
Serves 4 ppl if by itself. If with things like cassava or potatoes can serve 6.

Tips For Making The Perfect African Pepper Soup At Home

  • Mincing the onions, garlic and ginger means everything cooks quickly as well as flavours the soup.
  • If the meat is tough you would need a little bit extra cooking time – and test the meat every 15 mins. You may prefer to cook it in a pressure cooker to reduce meat cooking time.
  • This soup is a drinking kind of soup so add a little bit more liquid if you want.
  • This recipe calls for fresh chilli but you can easily use some chilli flakes or chilli powder instead.
  • A squeeze of lime adds a little extra depth to this soup.
  • Instant Pot version: The total cook time does not include the time it takes for the Instant Pot to get to pressure and the time for the natural pressure release.

Weight Watchers Points 

There are 3 Freestyle points in one serving of African Pepper Soup.

African Recipes

If you want more African Recipes, then check out these below.
Puff Puff.
Cassava Leaf Sauce.
Okra Soup.
Jollof Rice.


Calories: 462kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 119mg | Sodium: 359mg | Potassium: 597mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 75IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 4.1mg