Caribbean cuisine – Guyanese pepperpot

Pepperpot is an Amerindian-derived dish popular in Guyana. It is traditionally served at Christmas and other special events.



  • 1 lb stewing beef or 1 lb beef brisket
  • 1 lb pork, trotters (or cow’s heels) (optional)
  • 12 lb pigs tail (optional)
  • 12 cup amerindian seasoning (cassareep)
  • 1 red hot pepper
  • 1 cinnamon stick (1 in x 1 in)
  • 1 ounce sugar
  • salt
  • 2 stalks basil
  • 1 bunch fine fresh thyme
  • 1 large chopped onion
  • 3 chopped garlic cloves


  1. Soak pig tails and scald.
  2. Cook cow heel or trotters in covered pan with water to boil.
  3. Skim.
  4. When half tender add all the other meats hot water to cover.
  5. Add all other ingredients and simmer gently for about one hour until meat is tender.
  6. Adjust flavor with salt and sugar.



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