Jamaican Beef Soup Recipe

The Jamaican Beef Soup is a favorite in Jamaica for Saturday soup. It is a hearty soup dish that features beef, carrots, turnips, pumpkin, cho cho (chayote squash), and yam. Often served with with flour dumplings.


  • 2 qt. water
  • 1 lb. soup bones or stewing steak
  • 1/2 lb. carrots, cubed
  • 1/4 lb. turnips, cubed
  • 1 lb. pumpkin, cut up
  • 1/2 lb. cho cho, cut up
  • 1 lb. yellow yam, cut up
  • 1 sprig thyme
  • 2 stalks escallion
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 small tin sweetcorn


  1. Boil soup bones in 2 qts. water (about 30 minutes in pressure cooker).
  2. Cut up vegetables, yam and cho cho and add with seasonings to soup.
  3. Dumplings may be added if desired.
  4. Once it starts to boil, simmer uncovered until yam is cooked and soup is of a medium consistency.
  5. add sweet corn
  6. Serves 6

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