1. A thick soup of tripe, meat, vegetables, pepper and other seasonings. It's also called Philadelphia pepper pot. The soup is said to have been created during the desperate winter of 17771778, when Washington's army was down to tripe, peppercorns and various scraps of other food. The cook devised this tasty dish and named it in honor of his hometown, Philadelphia. 2. A West Indian soup or stew containing meat or seafood, vegetables, chiles, cayenne pepper, a variety of other seasonings and usually cassareep.
From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.