Spirit of the Harvest: Cherokee Pepper Pot Soup

January 28, 2010

Spirit of the Harvest: Cherokee Pepper Pot Soup

By Beverly Cox
From "Spirit of the Earth: Native Cooking from Latin America,"
by Beverly Cox and Martin Jacobs


Renowned food author Beverly Cox, winner of the James Beard cookbook award, a Julia Child award and a IACP cookbook award, and food editor for Native Peoples Magazine, contributes a monthly column and weekly recipes to TankaBar.com. The Spirit of the Harvest columns are published the second Wednesday of every month. Recipes from Beverly run on intervening Wednesdays.

Yield: 4 servings
Serves: 4 to 6


1 lb venison or beef short ribs or shanks
2 quarts water
2 large onions, quartered
2 ripe tomatoes, seeded and diced
1 large sweet bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 cup fresh or frozen okra
1/2 cup diced potatoes
1/2 cup sliced carrots
1/2 cup fresh or frozen corn kernels
1/4 cup chopped celery
Salt and ground pepper to taste


Put meat, water, and onions in a heavy soup kettle. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 3 hours.
Remove meat, let cool, and discard bones, returning meat to pot.
Stir in remaining vegetables and simmer, partially covered for 1 1/2 hours. Season with salt and pepper.

Beverly Cox is the food editor of Native Peoples Magazine and a former food editor and director of food styling for Cook's Magazine. She holds a Grand Diplome from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and apprenticed with Gaston LeNotre.

Beverly has written 13 cookbooks, including Spirit of the Harvest, North American Indian Cooking, winner of the James Beard and IACP cookbook awards in 1992, and Spirit of the West, Cooking from Ranch House and Range, winner of a Julia Child award in 1997, and Spirit of the Earth, Native Cooking from Latin America, an IACP cookbook award finalist in 2002, all co-authored with food photographer Martin Jacobs. Their most recent book is Eating Cuban, 120 Authentic Recipes from the Streets of Havana to American Shores.

Beverly and her husband, Gordon Black, an architect turned rancher, live on the historic Eagle Rock Ranch in Northern Colorado where her great grandfather homesteaded in 1872. Beverly teaches hands-on cooking classes for small groups who want to combine cooking with the experience of visiting a working cattle ranch.

You can contact Beverly at BeverlyCox@TankaBar.com

For more information about Beverly's cookbooks featuring Native American recipes:

Body, Mind and Spirit: Native Cooking of the Americas

Spirit of the Harvest: North American Indian Cooking

Spirit of the Earth: Native Cooking from Latin America

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