Nigerian Peppersoup

Peppersoup is one of the most delicious Nigerian foods. I want to talk about the assorted meat recipe I have come to learn, in the last few years that several recipes exist. This one, however, is made with assorted meat. You will learn about the ingredients/spices used for pepper soup also.

We have different recipes in Nigeria that are made with different kinds of meat and fishes. The most popular is goat meat recipe followed by the assorted cow/goat meat recipe (which includes shaki [cow tripe], pkomo, fresh meat, intestine, liver, and kidney), also we have the cow tail version, Catfish Pepper Soup which is fondly called ‘point and kill’.

Here is how I Make pepper soup with assorted cow meat. I have used the phrase ‘Assorted cow meat’ on several parts of this food blog. If you don’t understand what I mean, here is an explanation. – Assorted cow meat in Nigerian is simply different parts of a cow, it includes plain red beef, cow tripe, liver, kidney, intestine etc.

Pepper Soup

I used all of those to prepare the plate of pepper soup above as you will also see in the video at the bottom of this page.

Complete list of Pepper soup Ingredients and spices

1 kg of assorted meat (goat or cow)
3 Seeds of Ehu
Scent leaves (a handful)
Sliced Utazi Leaves (optional)(a handful)
2 stock cubes
3 Tablespoons of ground crayfish (optional)
1 cup of sliced onions
Salt and pepper to taste
1 teaspoon Beef seasoning spice
2 garlic cloves
Half-finger of ginger.
Half teaspoon lion Peppersoup spice.
paprika – teaspoon.

There are many brands of beef seasoning spices in Nigeria, you can use anyone. Try different ones with different foods then chose one of the brands and use for all your cooking.

Making pepper soup

The glass plate contains a seasoning cube and paprika powder. I like my pepper soup a little red, hence the paprika powder.

Assorted goat meat on the other plate. the rest are utazi leaves, pepper (Scotch bonnet) and ehu seeds


Clean the ginger and garlic, pound or blend together.

The seed of ehu is one of the most relevant ingredients just go ahead and break away the outer shell, then go ahead and blend/pound together with the uziza seeds and half cup of crayfish

Slice the onions and utazi leaves and set aside in a plate.

This same ingredient (ehu) is used for making several other Nigerian foods, like the African salad and Nkwobi.

If you are preparing pepper soup with assorted meat you want to wash the meat properly with hot water.

How to make Pepper soup

Start cooking the meat with some simple ingredients. (A seasoning cube, a teaspoon of beef seasoning spice, a teaspoon of salt and half cup of sliced onions).

spiced meat

Cook the meat for just 10 minutes then add about 3 cups of water and cook for 30-50 minutes until the meat becomes tender and easy to chew. You can add another cup of water.
Prepare goatmeat

Add the pepper soup spice, the ground ehu, uziza, crayfish, and remaining onions.
Add the Paprika – a teaspoon. Paprika is a spice made from the dried fruit of red bell pepper. It makes my pepper soup somewhat reddish.

Cooking peppersoup

Add the sliced utazi, salt and (ordinary) pepper to taste. Allow to boil for another 5-10 minutes and you just made a delicious pot of pepper soup, One of Nigeria’s most popular evening meals.

NOTE: Uziza seeds are very pepperish, be sure to taste before adding scotch bonnet (ordinary pepper).

pot of peppersoup

You can serve alone with a chilled bottle of your favorite drink. Although, I enjoy it better with boiled white rice or yam.

So this is how to prepare pepper soup with intestine, tripe, liver and plain red beef – Assorted meat.

Why not try this out in your kitchen and tell me all about it? Use the comment form below.

Pepper soup recipe

Pepper Soup Recipe | Best Spices and Ingredients

Chef Chidi
You could make assorted meat pepper soup using this recipe.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Nigerian Cuisine
Servings 4 People
Calories 529 kcal


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  • 1 kg assorted meat goat or cow
  • 3 Seeds of Ehu
  • Scent leaves a handful
  • Sliced Utazi Leaves optional(to taste)
  • 2 stock cubes
  • 3 Tablespoons of ground crayfish optional
  • 1 Cup Sliced onions
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Beef seasoning spice
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Half-finger of ginger.
  • Half teaspoon lion Peppersoup spice.
  • Teaspoon Paprika


  • Pound or blend the ginger and garlic together.
  • NOTE: Uziza seeds are very pepperish, be sure to taste before adding scotch bonnet. Use pepper at your discretion.
  • De-shell the calabash nutmeg (Ehu) then go ahead and blend/pound together with the uziza seeds and half cup of crayfish
  • Slice the onions and utazi leaves and set aside in a plate.
  • Wash the meat and season with a teaspoon of beef seasoning, a teaspoon of salt, half cup of sliced onions and 1 seasoning cube).
  • Once the meat boils for 10 minutes add 3 cups of water to it and cook till it becomes tender and chewable.
  • Add the pepper soup spice, the ground ehu, uziza, crayfish, and remaining onions.
  • Add a teaspoon of Paprika and allow it to boil for 3 minutes.
  • Add the sliced utazi, salt and (ordinary) pepper to taste. Allow to boil for another 5-10 minutes and you just made a delicious pot of pepper soup, One of Nigeria’s most popular evening meals.
  • pot of peppersoup
  • You can serve pepper soup with white boiled rice or yam.
  • You can also serve as a side dish
  • This video highlights all the ingredients used in making pepper soup and shows you how it is made.


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Boyo Margaret

Nice one

March 2, 2023

Chu my God will bless you

January 15, 2022

Thanks so much Chidi…but can I use sent leaf instead of utazi leaf

April 3, 2021

I want to start cooking pepper soup as a daily business routine…please I need guidance and estimate of how to start. Am a student and I have a manageable income at hand.

May 18, 2020
Chidi Anegbu

The seed of ehu is called calabsh nutmeng, never heard anyone say “scent leaf seed”.

November 11, 2019

Wonderful, but is it possible to use fresh or tin tomatoes to prepare egusi soup?

November 10, 2019

Thanks for the pepper soup recipe I enjoyed the lecture

July 13, 2019


December 10, 2018

I did not see you adding the kitchen glory but it’s in your list of ingredients

July 8, 2017
Chidi Anegbu

I did add it just few minutes before I turn off the heat. Taste your peppersoup before you add, you don’t want it too sweet.

July 12, 2017
Joy Samuel

I will have a test of it

October 26, 2020
Igila beauty Chioma

Which of the spice did u say we should taste before adding?

August 10, 2022
Shuaibu Muhammadkabir

Nice one….. Thanks for the update

June 16, 2017
cherish jacob

Thanks a lot ……my hubby is enjoying my foods now

May 3, 2017
chidi anan

Awwww! So nice to hear that.

May 10, 2017

Thanks for this recipe. It really saved me from cooking rubbish for my leboo

March 17, 2017
mrs michael

U are a blessing girl,d lord will continue to strengthen and keep u,go babe d sky is not ur limit

October 11, 2016

Thanks so much God bless. Please what is ehu seed.

September 19, 2016
Chidi Anegbu

Ehu is also called calabash nutmeg and can be purchased from any Nigerian local market.

September 21, 2016

To the person who person who created this, thumbs up to you. I have been searching for how to prepare fish pepper soup. Thanks for this post.

September 11, 2016

You are wonderful, you make cooking simple and fun and I just love the way you come up with new ideas. God bless you Chidi. Thanks for the delicious peppersoup.

July 28, 2016

You are gud and a darlings. Thanks and D Lord bless you.

July 27, 2016
Mary johnson

Hmmmmmmmm yummy!tnks

April 28, 2016

What is ehu & if possible, pls send me d pic so that I can see the ehu & differentiate it from other spices. Thanks

April 25, 2016

My husband cleared his plate under 10 minutes after I prepared this recipe. I am so grateful for this Chidi. Looking up to more recipes from your blog.

April 17, 2016

Kudos to u girl u rock my world by making me a better cook. Tanx and God bless u

April 14, 2016

It has always been a problem for me to fix my fiance a delicious meal must especially when he ask for Igbo soups. Thanks to you I have prepare two delicious Igbo soups and pepper soup, I now earn a title name “mummy” he confessed they all tested like his mum’s soups. I owe you lots of thanks and love!

February 2, 2016
Mrs Aleriwa

Thanks chy, where do we see dat ingredient to buy n can l used cent leave n nutmeg

January 25, 2016

Hi Chi.

U r a complete blessing to women like me.I just want to THANK YOU for everything u put together almost each day for us.Iam not Nigerian but I bet I could take a kitchen competition ??.My food always comes out best and better everytime.

November 28, 2015

Wow so glad I found sme1 like,u’re really a blessing, thanks love

September 4, 2016

Thanks Chidi for all the great kitchen threats you are giving us.I prepared beef pepper soup today and it was so yummy!

November 27, 2015

Thanks Chidi!!! You just made my day. Can I also use this recipe for chicken peper soup?

November 3, 2015
Chidi Anegbu

sure you can

November 5, 2015

5 stars
Thanks so much will give this a try.

January 21, 2020

I have been longing to know the exact recipes I can use for my assorted meat pepper soup.I am so happy to know them from you right now.I don’t really know how to express my joy but my prayer to you is that God’s Blessings will always locate you.In Jesus Name.Amen.You are really doing a wonderful job.Thanks.

October 21, 2015

Thanks alot! God bless you for actually taking your time to teach us these recipes.

May 23, 2015

U are really sent, am grateful for ur help. Tank u.

April 25, 2015

Tried your recipe today and it was a blast. Thank you so much. Keep up the good work

April 24, 2015

What is Pepe soup. What is it and how can I learn to make it for him.


February 16, 2015

Wao, dis looks delicious. But I never knew u put crayfish in pepper soup.

February 16, 2015
Chidi Anegbu

Sure, one spoon or two make a whole lot of difference.

February 23, 2015

Thanks for your wonderful recipes. You inspire me to make nice dishes for my husband. Keep it up.

February 16, 2015

pls I want to learn how to make cake

January 29, 2015

I can teach you, if you don’t mind?

August 23, 2016

5 stars
Please I want to learn how to make cake too

January 15, 2022

thanks chy , u have save many homes with ur Cook books.
I love cooking and ur books have taken my cooking to another level, kudos to u.

December 31, 2014

Thanks chy, u have saved many homes by sharing ur cooking secrets
I love and aprreciate ur efforts.

December 31, 2014
jolayemi beatrice abosede

nice one

November 20, 2014

Lovely now I can make my boyfriend wait for my coming home from work.

October 12, 2014
halimah belgore

Well done. But how do I get d uzizi and utazi leave?

October 1, 2014

Na WA oh!!! Babe go market na. Oky, ask for igbo shop for market dey may be a handful of Help k

February 10, 2017
Chinyere Nnarah

Wow, i just learnt alot now especially g
oat meat pepper soup which my husband loves much. Thanks so much.

August 10, 2014

U really inspired me. Keep it up.

July 18, 2014
Babe kosi

Chidi well done

You have really inspired me a lot , I have tried some of your wonderful recipes and my husband was like wow.

My problem is how to get the cook because I am residing in Cotonou and I really need the book.

May 20, 2014
Favour Enaks

Thanks for Ur lectures on different delicacies but i would love to ask if this method of cooking pepper soup is basically igbo method base on the ingredient mentioned.

March 31, 2014
Chidi Anegbu

Nigerian peppersoup is one of the most delicious evening dessert in Nigeria,
I would love to hear your own opinion on this matter.

What do you think?

September 20, 2012
Akerele opeyemi

Hello ma,thanks for this wonderful recipe.pls I bought pepper soups ingredient in a powdery form,can I use it .then what other things do I need to add.thanks

July 6, 2017

Can i use peppersoup spice instead of kitchen glory beef seasoning?

December 22, 2017
Ms Ogunmokun

Is the ginger and garlic for the boiling of the meat?

July 13, 2019
Ms Ogunmokun

Can one use scent leaf too? With this method?

July 13, 2019
Chidi Anegbu

You can add them whenever you like.

July 14, 2019

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