African beef stew –  a mouth-watering stew cooked in a blend of tomato, peppers, and herbs.  This African beef stew is tasty, savory and spicy.  It makes my kitchen smell glorious, and everyone loves it!  Make it once, and you will make it again and again.

 

 

Take time to sear the beef to develop intense flavor.  It is the flavor that will transfer into the gravy giving your taste buds a spicy adventure.  Then, simmer this African beef stew on low heat until the beef is fork-tender. Just perfect.

 

 

African beef stew

 

 

Make this delicious  beef stew a staple especially in the cold months of the year.  It is so spicy and inviting; it will warm you from the inside out.  In case, you cannot handle much heat, don’t blend the Habanero or Scotch bonnet peppers.  Add them whole in the beef stew, and remove before serving.

 

 

The Origin of the Beef Stew

This African Beef Stew is a stew commonly served in Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast and other West African countries.  As mentioned before, it is quite spicy, but you should feel free to adjust it to your tolerance.   Accompany the stew with some rice, boiled potatoes or any other accompaniment of choice.

 

 

African beef stew

 

 

How to make this Beef Stew:

I start by searing my meat in a pot.  Searing helps to develop flavor.  It results in a more flavorful gravy.

I fry my tomato and pepper blend till well cooked.  I then add the beef and water and simmer the stew on low heat for about 1 hour.

 

 

 

 

Notes:

  • Sear beef for intense flavor.
  • Simmer on low heat for more flavor and tender meat.
  • Don’t blend the Habanero peppers if you can’t handle much heat.  Add them whole in the stew and remove before serving.
  • Add vegetables like carrots and peas if desired.

 

 

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African Beef Stew

African beef stew -  a mouth-watering stew cooked in a blend of tomato, peppers, and herbs.  This beef stew is so tasty and spicy, make it once, and you will make it again and again. 
Course Main Course
Cuisine African
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 257kcal
Author Jayne Rain

Ingredients

  • 500 g beef (cut in bite-size pieces)
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • 4 ripe tomatoes
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 scotch bonnet
  • 1 stick celery
  • 2 medium onions (finely chopped)
  • 200 ml water
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp paprika powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp bouillon powder

Instructions

  • Add the tomatoes, bell pepper, celery stick and scotch bonnet in a blender and blend to a smooth paste.
  • Transfer the paste to a large saucepan and boil on medium heat till all the fluid dries out.
  • Meanwhile, heat oil in a  large saucepan over medium-high; add beef, and cook until browned.  It will take about 5 to 6 minutes. Transfer to a bowl. 
  • In the same oil, add the onions and fry till light golden brown.
  • Add the garlic and bay leaves and fry for 30 seconds till fragrant.
  • Add all the spices.  Namely, salt, bouillon powder, thyme, black pepper, paprika powder, curry powder. Fry for 30 seconds.
  • Add the tomatoes-pepper mixture and stir well. Cover the pot and simmer for about 8 minutes till the tomatoes are well cooked. Don’t forget to stir occasionally.
  • Add the browned beef and water, and cover the pot.  Simmer on low heat for about 1 hour until the sauce thickens, and the meat is fork-tender.
  • Discard bay leaves before serving.

Notes

  • Sear beef for intense flavor.
  • Simmer on low heat for more flavor and tender meat.
  • Don't blend the Habanero peppers if you can't handle much heat.  Add them whole in the stew and remove before serving.
  • Add vegetables like carrots and peas if desired.
 

 

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