Jamaican Stew peas without meat- Vegan recipe

Jamaican Stew peas without meat- Vegan recipe

Jamaican stew peas is make with red kidney beans and is a very versatile dish. It can be made with various types of meat or without meat. In this post, the recipe is without meat so it is vegan friendly and taste just as delicious.   

Kidney beans can take some time to cook so very often a pressure cooker is use to help reduce the cooking time. Another way traditional way to help reduce cooking time is to soak the beans overnight. 

A little trick my grandmother always do before put the beans to soak is to cook the beans is a little water for about three minutes. Pour that water away, add fresh cold to soak the beans in. This helps soften the beans more but also prevents it from growing.

Jamaican stew peas is flavour with coconut milk, pimento (allspice), scallion and other Jamaican spices.    

The recipe below is stew peas without meat so vegan can also enjoy this delicious dish. Ingredients ready, let’s cook!

Jamaican Stew peas without meat

Jamaican Stew peas without meat

Khaydean Powell
Learn to cook this simple delicious kidney bean stew dish. A staple Jamaican dish, that goes well with rice.
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Jamaican
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 210 kcal


  • 1 Cups Kidney beans
  • 3 Cups Fresh coconut milk
  • 1 Red onion chopped
  • 2 Stalks scallion chopped
  • 2 Carrots diced
  • 1 Tomato diced
  • 3 Garlic cloves crushed
  • 5 Pimento berries
  • 3 Sprig of thyme
  • 1 Scotch bonnet pepper (optional)
  • Salt to taste
  • 4 oz Plain flour to make dumplings (spinners) 


  • Wash and soak the beans in 2 pints of water overnight. You can use a pressure cooker to soften the beans if you don’t want to soak it overnight.
  • Pour the soaked beans into a cooking pot. Add the pimento seeds and about 1 tsp of salt. Cook until beans become soft. Add more water if necessary.
  • While the beans is cooking, make the dumplings (spinners). In a kitchen blow mix the flour with water to make a stiff dough. You may want to add a pinch of salt to the mixer, some people find the dumpling is tasteless without a little salt. I don't use much salt in my food so I don't add salt to my dumplings.
  • Once the beans is tender separate, add the coconut milk, garlic, onion, thyme, scallion, carrot and tomato to the pot. Bring to a boil. Saperate the dough into 1 inches rolls and drop then into the pot. Add a the whole scotch bonnet pepper. (Make sure to keep a eye on the pepper, don't cut or let it burst. Remove it beore the pot cook so the it's not spicy)
  • Cover the pot and let it cook on medium low heat until sauce reduce and thicken. Stir occassionally.


Stew peas best served with plain rice or try it with pumpkin rice.
Keyword gluten-free, Jamaican Stew peas without meat, Vegan

    Khaydean Powell

    My name is Khaydean and I am the founder of Jamaican foods and recipes. I am a food enthusiast and I am here sharing with you my love for food. Born Jamaican living in the UK and wants the world to learn about Jamaica's culinary culture.

    This Post Has 5 Comments

    1. Gareth

      5 stars
      Well done Khaydean. More meatless Jamaican recipes please.

    2. Amber Myers

      5 stars
      Yum, this looks like a tasty dish! I will have to try this for dinner one night.

    3. Angella

      5 stars
      This recipe sounds amazing! I’ve had Jamaican food once while visiting Florida & it was so good!

    4. Reese Woods

      5 stars
      Yum! I love that it is so adaptable for the vegan community to enjoy!

    5. Paula @ I'm Busy Being Awesome

      5 stars
      Love that is vegan, it looks delicious!

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