Jamaican Vegan Recipes (2024)

These amazing Jamaican Vegan Recipes are a must-try. You can enjoy my incredibly delicious meatless recipes that cater to both meat-eaters and plant-based eaters alike.

I have a lot of Jamaican food recipes spread out all over my website, and I thought I would collect a
few of them in one location for those who are interested in trying something new, or wanted to
try their hand at cooking old favorites.

History Of Jamaican Food

Jamaica was originally called Xaymaca, which is known as a land of wood and water, our nutrient-rich soil grows some of the best products, with an abundance of fruits and vegetables.

So being on a plant-based or vegan diet in Jamaica is not difficult, after all, the Rastafarians there are mostly vegan, and some eat fish. The most notable Rastafarian was Bob Marley.

Although I now live in Florida and have more options. With the goal of ensuring authenticity and accessibility, I strive to make the recipes as simple as possible so that they can be prepared anywhere in the world.

There might be one or two ingredients that aren’t as common to find back home in rural Jamaica but for the most part. They can be found in health food stores in Montego Bay, Spanish Town, and Kingston.

Indian, Caribbean, African, Middle Eastern, Asian, and most other international markets carry the majority of the items needed for these recipes, making them accessible to people all over the world.

They are organized in groups, with breakfast, soup, side, main, and dessert dishes included. They are not only vegan but they are also gluten-free.

Breakfast

Vegan Ackee

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Of course, we start with a classic, Vegan Ackee. Jamaicans usually eat this dish for breakfast, along with dumplings and callaloo (also included below), but it can be enjoyed for any meal.

Jamaican Banana Fritters Recipe

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This delicious Jamaican Banana Fritters recipe is so easy to prepare and kid-friendly. Banana fritters have been special tome from my childhood days and they taste just as delicious as my mom made them!

These Banana Fritters are similar to pancakes, but without the need to dress them up, thanks to
the bananas.

They’re sweet and delicious all by themselves, so they’re a great breakfast item
for your kids on busy mornings.

Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge Bowl

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This Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge Bowl is a twist on the very popular traditional cornmeal porridge in Jamaica. Creamy and delicious, with the perfect blend of sweetness and spice. This recipe is vegan, gluten-free, and tastes amazing!

This porridge-like is eaten very often in Jamaica, as popular as oatmeal is here in the USA. There
are various types, but one of the most popular is made with cornmeal.

I dressed it up and added fruits and coconut, and just like with oatmeal you can dress this Cornmeal Porridge up as
you please or leave it plain. Check out my Instant Pot Cornmeal Porridge.

Banana Porridge

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Banana Porridge is a Jamaican breakfast favorite, made with green bananas, flavorful coconut milk, and spices. I have enjoyed green banana porridge as a child, the unique flavor is nothing like ripe banana but it is incredibly delicious. The flavor is sweet and creamy with a blend of spices and vanilla extract, making it the perfect breakfast treat.

Plantain Porridge

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This is a commonly found Nigerian plantain porridge recipe that has found its way to Jamaica. Traditionally it is eaten alone, but you can add toppings if you like, especially if you’d like to get some additional protein. Try with chia seeds, hemp hearts, chopped nuts, dried, fresh, or stewed fruit, cacao nibs, or coconut flakes

Soups

Vegan Spinach Soup

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This amazing Vegan Spinach Soup is such a hearty and comforting soup. A Jamaican-style recipe, spinach cooked in seasoned coconut milk with thyme, scallion, and pepper.

This Spinach Soup is a version of pepperpot soup, which is a dish originating in West Africa that
is popular in the Caribbean.

In Jamaica, meat and callaloo are usually used, but I used spinach,
left out the meat, and added lots of herbs and seasonings to make it flavorful and delicious.

Jamaican Gungo Peas Soup

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This easy Jamaican Gungo Peas Soup is so delicious and hearty, perfect for the colder months. Full of flavor with gungo peas, yam, carrot, and dumplings.

Gungo or Pigeon Pea Soup is delightfully hearty, with all the necessary nutrients to fill you up in
the beans, vegetables, and gluten-free dumplings.

Jamaican Pumpkin Soup

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Pumpkin Soup is probably one of the most comforting soups I’ve had and is filled with hearty
vegetables. If you like your soup smooth and creamy, I also have a recipe forJamaican Pumpkin Soup Pureed.

Red Pea Soup

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This is my vegan and gluten-free version of Jamaican red peas soup. Red peas soup is traditionally cooked with salt beef, salted pig’s tail, or chicken feet. Like myJamaican Stew Peas, this red pea soup has lots of flavorsthat you won’t even miss the meat.

Yellow Yam Stew

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If you are looking for a new, exciting, delicious stew recipe, look no further than this Jamaican Yellow Yam Stew. I use hearty Jamaican yams in a coconut milk-based broth for a perfect dinner.

Sides

Jamaican Callaloo

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Jamaican Callaloo is a popular local staple green leafy vegetable, cooked with onion, garlic, tomatoes, thyme and Scotch bonnet pepper. Perfect healthy side dish for a tropical breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Kale, spinach, or collard greens are not very popular in Jamaica. Our leafy green of choice is
Callaloo, and is eaten as a side with pretty much all of our traditional dishes.

Jamaican Cabbage

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Jamaican Cabbage is a popular side dish in Jamaica. It is easy to prepare and very flavorful. Shredded cabbage and carrots are cooked with onion, garlic, bell pepper, and thyme.

Another side item that you will always find in any Jamaican meal is Steamed Cabbage, with
shredded carrots were added as well.

It may sound boring, and I will admit, it is fairly simple, but the seasonings
make it taste spectacular with any main dish you choose.

Jamaican Boiled Dumplings

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Learn how to make Jamaican boiled dumplings gluten-free with easy steps.the texture and taste are just like traditionally boiled dumplings using all-purpose gluten-free flour.

Jamaican Staples

Boiled dumplings are typically eaten with ackee or various meat dishes, along with callaloo or
cabbage, and other various boiled root vegetables. They are a great filling addition to any meal.

Jamaican Rice And Pigeon Peas

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Jamaican Pigeon Peas And Rice is very tasty and popular Jamaican one pot side, made with pigeon peas also known as Gungo peas in Jamaica and cooked in seasoned coconut milk.

Absolutely no Jamaican meal is whole without rice and peas. There are various methods, and
any Jamaican will have a different version, but they’re all delicious.

The two most common
legumes used are kidney or pigeon, it is your preference. Also Try Jamaican Rice And Pigeon Peas, Instant Pot Rice And Peas.

Vegan Rasta Pasta

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You might have heard of Vegan Rasta Pasta. This dish offers creamy goodness, pasta, and tones of Caribbean flavors. If you are looking for something rich, creamy, spicy, and fulfilling.

Pasta salad is not normally something you would associate with Jamaican food, but we do have
our own version called Rasta Pasta.

Rasta Pasta is named after the notable Rastafarians who first made this
dish popular.

Bammy

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Bammy is a family favorite, growing up in Jamaica depending on where you live, I believe it is safe to say most people purchase storebought, but making fresh bammy is tastier.
It wasn’t until my family and I stayed in the parish of St. Elizabeth, Jamaica for a month that we noticed that most people in the area grew cassava and made bammy from scratch. I was so impressed because prior to that, I thought bammy was only made in factories.

Jamaican Chop Suey

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It is quite apparent from the name that Jamaican chop suey is the Jamaican version of Chinese chop suey. If you are a bit confused, relax! It’s a simple formula.

Now, it’s the rule of nature that living beings migrate from one place to another to find food, shelter, and better living opportunities. It is not just the birds and animals that migrate, but humans do it too. History is a witness of some of the most prominent migrations of nations or people.

Among those, the Chinese have been quite famous for getting out of their country and spreading it all across the world. Where ever they went, they took their heritage, culture, traditions, and food with them. Although the next generations came out as a mixture of different cultures, you will find several variants of Chinese culture and especially the food.

Yellow Yam Fries

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These delicious Yellow Yam Fries are such an innovative way to use a popular Jamaican ingredient eaten for generations for nutrition and vitality. Customize the seasonings to your favorites to make it your own!

Potatoes are amazing, but I also love to make other types of fries out of any and everything. Yellow yam is an old favorite of mine that I eat a lot, as it is popular in Jamaican cuisine, and I have found out that it makes some delicious fries.Read More About Yellow Yam.

Boiled Green Bananas

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Learn how to boil green bananas in multiple ways using simple methods. Green banana is boiled and served as a high fiber, low-calorie side dish in many Jamaican and Caribbean homes. It is a great substitute for potatoes in the diet.

In most Jamaican homes eating Boiled Green Bananas as a side is common, although it might seem difficult to peel the skin, with practice it becomes much easier over time. Boiled green bananas are delicious served as a side dish withVegan Ackee,Vegan Jamaican Salt Fish,andJamaican Callaloo.

Sautéed Chocho (Chayote)

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This delicious Sauteed Chocho And Carrots is an easy vegan side dish, slices of Chocho (chayote) and carrots cooked with onion, garlic, green onion, and thyme until tender yet crispy.

Chocho or Chayote is a popular squash that is a staple in Jamaica, it is especially loved in soups and stews.

Chayote is not as popular here in the USA but I encourage you to try it, it is low in calories, high in fiber, mild-tasting and so easy to prepare. It is great to add to soups, curries, and stews, and served as a steamed or stir-fried side dish.

I actually love to eat it raw so it is perfect to add to salads, it will actually give a nice crunch and the one I ate today actually tasted mildly sweet.

Baked Plantains

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These juicy baked plantains are a delight, they are sweet, melt in your mouth, and are healthy. Baked in the oven compared to traditional frying, this is comfort food at its best, served as a side, dessert, or snack.

Mains

Instant Pot Vegan Jackfruit with Potato Curry

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This Instant Pot Vegan Jackfruit with Potato Curry recipe is so amazing and flavorful, made with simple ingredients it will be a favorite of yours as it is of mine.

Ask anyone about Jamaican food, and one of the first things they will mention is curry chicken.
Now with this easy Instant Pot Jackfruit Potato Curry, you can make your own tender chicken-
like dish.

Jamaican Jerk Cauliflower

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Jamaican Jerk Cauliflower is inspired by the popular Jamaican Jerk dishes.Cauliflower florets are seasoned and baked, then smothered in homemade Jamaican Jerk Sauce that is full of bold and indulgent flavors.

Of course, we know cauliflower is all the rage, and of course, I have my own cauliflower recipe!
Various jerk dishes are another classic group of Jamaican dishes.

This sauce is so full of flavor
and compliments cauliflower perfectly.

Ital Stew Recipe

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In Jamaica, Rastafarians are known for their plant-based, all-natural diets. One of their most
a popular dish is known as Ital Stew.

It is amazingly flavorful and tastes like it took hours to
make.

Jamaican Vegan Rundown Recipe

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This dish traditionally involves mackerel cooked down in a spiced coconut sauce also called ‘Oil Down’ in other Caribbean Islands.

Vegan Fusion

This Eggplant Rundown might seem like a random replacement, but the texture mimics mackerel very well.

Vegan Jamaican Stew Peas

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Vegan Jamaican Stew Peas is a popular, tasty and hearty Jamaican stew dish. kidney beans also called red peas in Jamaica cooked with a flavorful coconut, fragrant spices, thyme, onion, garlic, and Scotch bonnet pepper.

An extremely popular dinner item is definitely Jamaican Stewed Peas. Kidney beans are cooked
down in coconut milk and spices, with dumplings added.

It results in the perfect comfort dish
for these cool winter months.

Vegan Jamaican Curried Tripe and Beans

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Curried Tripe and Beans are made using chewy bean curd (tofu) skin, mostly popular in Asian
cuisine, to replicate actual tripe traditionally used in Jamaica.

With added butter beans, curried
with delicious coconut milk and spices, it creates a dish with an amazing flavor and texture
profile.

Vegan Brown Stew Chicken

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Vegan brown stew chicken is a vegan take on a delicious Jamaican dish. It is flavorful with a deep color and an umami flavor that leaves you in awe.

Those who are familiar with Jamaican cuisine simply can’t miss Brown stew chicken. And those who are not familiar with the cuisine should miss out on this recipe. That’s because this dish is simply gorgeous. It is unmatched. Sounds interesting? It’s just the beginning!

Brown stew chicken is a traditional Jamaican dish. It is a stew made from vegetables, chicken, and Caribbean spices. The dish is not just flavorful but is rich in flavors and has a brown silky and rich gravy with a depth of Caribbean flavors. In simple words, this dish is incredibly delicious! Other amazing Jamaican stews, are Jamaican Stew Peas,Ital Stew, andJamaican Yellow Yam Stew.

Vegan Saltfish Rundown

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This Vegan Jamaican Saltfish Rundown recipe tastes amazing, the flaked hearts of palm, cooked in flavorful seasoned coconut milk with onion, garlic, thyme, and scallions, it tastes just as good as how my mom made it.

Green Banana Rundown

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Enjoy this Green Banana Run Down, made with green bananas cooked in coconut milk, onion, garlic, scallion, thyme, pepper, and spices until thick and creamy.

Recently, I came across a recipe for a Samoan green banana with coconut milk, and right away I decided I wanted to make a Jamaican version. The Samoan recipe was basically cooked green bananas with coconut milk, onions, and salt.

This green banana rundown recipe is so easy to prepare. Green bananas are sold at any ethnic food stores, or in the produce aisle of all major supermarkets. It is important to remember that if you aren’t preparing your green bananas right away, store them in the refrigerator to prevent them from turning ripe.

Desserts

Hummingbird Muffins

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These moist Hummingbird Muffins are made are made from tropical bananas and pineapples, in a deliciously spiced vegan gluten-free batter.

These Hummingbird Muffins are technically a breakfast item, but since it is a variation of
Hummingbird Cake originated in Jamaica.

It is so deliciously sweet from the added
fruits, it can be considered a dessert item as well.

Vegan Jamaican Sweet Potato Pudding

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This Jamaican sweet potato pudding recipe is a vegan spin on this popular dessert enjoyed in Jamaica and the Caribbean throughout the year. It is very moist, rich, and indulgent!

Cookies, cakes, pies, and most other American desserts are not traditionally very popular in Jamaica.

Favorite Desserts

The most memorable sweet item that was not a snack from a corner shop is probably Sweet Potato
Pudding.

It isn’t what Americans would consider pudding, but would be more familiar to those
familiar with British puddings.

Jamaican Cornmeal Pudding

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Jamaican Cornmeal Pudding also called cornmeal pone is a flavorful Jamaican dessert made from cornmeal, coconut milk, raisins, and spices. It is firm pudding consistency with a sweet and creamy coconut custard topping. Cornmeal pudding is a staple dessert in Jamaica and throughout the Caribbean.

Jamaican Cornmeal Pudding also called cornmeal pone is a flavorful Jamaican dessert made from cornmeal, coconut milk, raisins, and spices. It is firm pudding consistency with a sweet and creamy coconut custard topping.

Jamaican Fruit Cake

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A delicious and rich version of Jamaican Fruit Cake that is especially popular around Christmas. it is vegan, gluten-free, and alcohol-free with an amazing taste and moist texture!

Jamaican Fruit Cake, also known as Christmas Cake or black cake in other parts of the Caribbean, is a holiday must-have if you couldn’t tell from the name.

It is also known as Wedding Cake, and of course, is often found at weddings.
Basically, it is the classic choice for any special event.

Gluten-Free Gizzada

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Gizzada is a perfect blend of flaky shell pastry and soft, chewy, and sweet filling. It is a delicious dish that works perfectly well as a dessert and a snack. It is also a perfect gift for holidays and Christmas.

If you look around at different cuisines, you will find several dessert recipes that are vegan, gluten-free, and utterly delicious. For someone who has a sweet tooth, these recipes are a treasure.

One such recipe that we bring to you today is the Jamaican Gizzada recipe. It is a popular Jamaican dessert that has its roots in several other cuisines. Other Jamaican favorites areVegan Jamaican Sweet Potato Pudding,Jamaican Spice Bun, andVegan Cassava Pone.

Despite its fame, it is a humble dessert that serves perfectly well as a snack as well. It is easy to make, tasteful, healthy, and very satisfying; here is everything you need to know about this dessert!

Jamaican Blue Draws

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This amazing Jamaican blue draws, also known as Duckunu/duckunoo, or tie-a-leaf is a delicious treat, made from cornmeal, sweet potato, green banana, freshly grated coconut, coconut milk, and a blend of spices, wrapped in green banana leaf and boiled for a moist and incredibly tasty pudding.

Jamaican Spice Bun

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Jamaican Spice bun is a sweet bread that is very popular in Jamaica, It is moist, with warm spices and plump dried fruits. I’m so excited to share with you my vegan, gluten-free version of this Jamaican staple.÷'[

Jamaican spice bun also called Easter bun, since “bun” is very popular around Easter time. However, it is enjoyed all year round in Jamaica.

I can remember enjoying bun and cheese for the Easter holiday as a child. We ate popular brands like HTB Jamaican Spice Bun and Jamaica National. Honestly, we never thought of making it at home.

Drinks

Jamaican Sorrel

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Sorrel Drink is a popular drink that used to be served mostly during Christmas time in Jamaica, but now it’s served all year round. It has great health benefits too!

Sorrel is not to be confused with the sorrel herb and is a cousin of the hibiscus tree. Throughout the Caribbean, Latin America, and Australia, people dry the flower calyces and use them to make a popular drink known as Rosella.The drink is called the Zobo drink in Middle Eastern and African countries, particularly in Nigeria. It has a tart cranberry flavor.

Peanut Punch

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People throughout the Caribbean enjoy this flavorful vegan peanut punch, not just in Jamaica. I make this classic beverage using peanuts, coconut milk, and spices, and sweeten it with maple syrup to create a deliciously flavorful drink.

To make a vegan version of peanut punch, I substituted condensed milk with coconut milk and sweetener. To prepare this dish, people usually roast peanuts and then blend them with water before straining the mixture. You can then discard the leftover pulp or use it to feed chickens.

I have seen peanut punch recipes that included oats, Angostura Bitters, Irish moss, and alcohol but my recipe is very simple, kid-friendly, and easy to prepare using pantry staples. Feel free to substitute the maple syrup with your favorite sweetener whether it be cane sugar, coconut sugar, agave, etc.

Last minute, I decided to add a banana to make it even more rich and creamy and it was so yummy.

Irish Moss Drink (Sea Moss)

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Creamy Vegan Irish Moss (Sea Moss) Drink is a vegan version of a favorite Jamaican drink. To create this healthy version of Irish moss, you can prepare it with non-dairy milk and spices, and sweeten it with dates.

Our house was in front of the beach. Whenever there was a storm or hurricane, my family and I would head to the beach to collect the large amounts of brown Irish moss that had been washed ashore by the strong waves.

I quickly learned to identify Irish moss among the other numerous varieties of sea vegetables. After collecting them, we would take them home and place them on top of the roof to dry for several days until they were completely dried and ready for long-term storage.The Irish moss would change color to a translucent cream color after drying in the sun.

My mom would rehydrate the Irish moss by soaking it in cold water overnight. The Irish moss would soak up the water and double in size to a more cartilaginous texture.

She would then drain the Irish moss and cook it in boiling water until it softens. To create a delicious drink, blend the Irish moss mixture with condensed milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

For my vegan version, I used coconut milk and dates instead of condensed milk.

Honorable Mention

Jamaican Lentil Patties (Gluten-Free, Vegan)

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These flavorful Jamaican Lentil Patties is agluten-free and vegan version of the very popular Jamaican beef patty. Savory lentils cooked with aromatic herbs and spices in a buttery pastry.

After making the Irish moss mixture, you can blend it with condensed milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg to create a delicious drink.

In this version, I used lentils instead of ground meat and placed them in a gluten-free and vegan crust.

Jamaican Jerk Seasoning

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This amazing Jamaican jerk seasoning is tasty, economical, and easy to prepare, with authentic Jamaican flavors, including allspice, thyme, nutmeg, and cinnamon. This spice rub is great for roasting vegetables, tofu, or chickpeas.

Growing up in Jamaica, I became accustomed to the practice of adding Jerk seasoning to meat and slowly roasting it on open pits. Being a plant-based eater, I get to experiment with jerk seasoning on different plant-based ingredients.

Jamaican Jerk Sauce

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This amazing Jamaican Jerk Sauce is so easy to prepare in a food processor or blender and is great on vegetables, tofu, or pasta. People around the world recognize and make this popular Jamaican marinade, which is well-known throughout the diaspora.

“I decided to make a more authentic Jamaican jerk sauce recipe, although I had to reduce the spiciness drastically since I cannot tolerate the heat anymore now that my taste buds have changed as I get older. I was only able to include two deseeded Scotch bonnet peppers and that was spicy for me.”You can make my recipe as written and then increase the Scotch bonnet pepper to adjust the heat to your taste.

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