Jamaican Cow Foot Recipe

In Jamaica during 1600-1700s, the rich would take the best parts of a cow for their meals, leaving the “fifth quarter” – head, tail, organs, feet, and skin – for their servants. Workers took what they could and created sumptuous slow-cooked meals like Cow Foot Stew.


  • 2 lbs Cow Foot
  • 1 Can butter beans
  • 2 peg garlic crushed
  • 8 pimentos
  • 2 sprig of thyme
  • 2 onions chopped
  • 1 whole scotch bonnet pepper for taste (should have the stem)
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 5 cup flour water to mix



  1. Season Cow foot with pimento, onion, crushed garlic, pepper & salt
  2. Cook cow foot in the 1 1/2 cup water till tender
  3. Add butter beans, thyme, salt and pepper if necessary for taste
  4. Cook for approx 8 mins then add whole Scotch bonnet
  5. Cook for approx. 2 minutes
  6. Serves 4

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