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African beef stew: How to get it done?
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African Beef Stew: How To Get It Done?

African beef stew is a popular mouth-watering stew that is often prepared in most homes, in several different ways. Read this article of BestLifeTips to get information for different cooking methods of African beef stew.

There are so many ways to cook beef stew in the world. Each country has its own recipes and they are all good in their own way. So does African beef stew. Let’s get to know how to cook African beef stew in this article of BestLifeTips.

There are many cooking ways of beef stew in Africa. Here are some of the most popular ways. Let’s get them!

South African beef stew recipe

This is a tender in your mouth beef and vegetables stew which is cooked in a rich, hearty sauce.

Source: Instant Pot


  • 1kg boneless cubed beef
  • 1 large chopped onion
  • 4 minced garlic cloves
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 large carrots sliced into rounds
  • 2 medium cubed potatoes
  • 250gr sliced green bean
  • 3 cups beef stock
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli flakes
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2tbsp flour
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup fresh Italian parsley

Cooking method

Step 1: Heat the olive oil in a pot and braise the onion until they turn to golden brown. Add the chopped garlic and the beef. Simmer them until brown and tender. Then add a bit of the beef stock at a time until all has been used up. It takes about 40 mins.

Step 2: Add salt to taste, paprika, chilli flakes and Worcestershire sauce.

Step 3: Add carrots and potatoes.

Step 4: Cover the pot and cook on medium heat for about 30 mins. Stir occasionally till the vegetables are tender, add some extra water if needed.

Step 5: Add green beans and cook for 10 mins more.

Step 6: Mix the flour with cold water and stir until smooth to thicken the stew. Stir flour mixture into the pot gently a little at a time. Use as much as needed to make the stew as thick as you want.

Step 7: Garnish with some chopped fresh parsley and serve with rice.

South African beef stew with dumplings

Beef Stew with Soft Dumplings

Source: Recipepes


For the beef stew:

  • 45ml cake flour
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 500g stewing beef
  • 30ml olive oil
  • 2 chopped onions
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 250g halved button mushrooms
  • 30ml tomato paste
  • 410g can chopped tomatoes
  • 500ml beef stock

For the dumplings:

  • 280g sifted cake flour
  • 5ml salt
  • 5ml white sugar
  • 5g instant dry yeast
  • 375ml warm water

Cooking method

  • For the beef stew:

Step 1: Season the flour with salt and pepper and use it to coat the beef.

Step 2: Heat the oil in a large saucepan with a tight-fitting lid over high heat and brown the beef in batches. Set aside all the meat.

Step 3: In the same saucepan, add the onions, carrots, bay leaf, thyme and mushrooms. Sauté until the vegetables soften and brown.

Step 4: Add the tomato paste, chopped tomatoes, beef stock and bring to a simmer.

Step 5: Return the beef to the pan, cover with the lid and gently simmer for 1 hour or until the meat is tender.

  • For the dumplings:

Step 1: In the meantime, make the dumplings by mixing the flour, salt, sugar and yeast in a bowl and adding enough warm water to form a soft and pliable dough.

Step 2: Knead the dough until elastic, cover the bowl with cling film and leave to rise for 30 minutes in a warm place.

Step 3: Pinch off small bits of dough, roll into balls and place onto the stew, which by now has been cooking for about 45 minutes.

Step 4: Replace the lid and simmer for 15 minutes more or until the dumplings have cooked through.

Nigerian beef stew


Source: Myactivekitchen


  • 1 lb beef
  • 1.5 cups water
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 plum tomatoes
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 habanero pepper
  • 1 onion
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup beef stock/broth
  • 1 tbsp bouillon powder
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp curry
  • Salt to taste

Cooking method

Step 1: Wash the beef and place in a pot. Add water, salt, and black pepper and bring it to a boil.

Step 2: After it boils, stir together and let cook for 20-25 minutes.

Step 3: Blend the tomatoes, bell pepper, habanero pepper, and half an onion together.

Step 4: Chop the other half of the onion. Pour olive oil in a pan and when heated, add the chopped onions and stir till it’s wilted.

Step 5: Add the blended tomato and pepper mixture, black pepper and stir. Boil for 5 minutes on medium heat.

Step 6: Add the beef and 1/2 cup of stock, then mix together. Add a little more broth if needed, till it has enough of a stew-like consistency.

Step 7: Taste for salt. Add the thyme, bouillon powder, and curry.

Step 8: Cover and let simmer for 10 minutes on medium-low heat.

Step 9: Serve and enjoy.

North African beef stew

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Source: Martha Stewart


  • 2 ¼ pounds beef stew meat, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 2 roughly chopped onions
  • 2 chopped cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons harissa
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • Water to cover
  • 2 potatoes, chopped
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can chopped tomatoes

Cooking method

Step 1: Cook and stir the beef in a pot over medium heat until it turns brown, about 5 to 7 minutes.

Step 2: Add onions and garlic. Cook and stir until onions are softened, about 5 to 10 minutes.

Step 3: Stir harissa into beef mixture until coated. Cook and stir for 2 minutes more. Season beef mixture with salt and pepper.

Step 4: Pour enough water over the beef that completely cover ingredients and bring to a boil.

Step 5: Add potatoes and tomatoes to the stew. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until beef and potatoes are tender, about 2 to 3 hours.

African beef stew curry

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Source: Yummly


  • 3 pounds boned, fat-trimmed beef chuck
  • 2 peeled and chopped onions
  • 1/4 cup curry powder
  • 2 tbsp mustard seed
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp ground dried turmeric
  • 2 cups fat-skimmed beef broth
  • 1 1/4 pounds Roma tomatoes, rinsed, cored, and chopped
  • 2 tbsp minced fresh jalapeno chilies
  • 2 tbsp minced fresh ginger
  • 1 firm-ripe banana (about 5 oz), peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup mango chutney
  • 1/3 cup sweetened shredded dried coconut
  • Cucumber yogurt sauce
  • Hot cooked rice
  • Salt

Cooking method

Step 1: Rinse the beef, pat dry, and cut into 1-inch chunks. Combine beef, onions, and 1 cup water in a large pan. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat.

Step 2: Reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes. Uncover, turn heat to high, and stir often until liquid evaporates and meat and onions are lightly browned, about 5 to 7 minutes. Spoon out and discard any fat.

Step 3: Add the curry powder, mustard seed, garlic, and turmeric. Stir until spices are more fragrant, about 1 minute.

Step 4: Add broth, tomatoes, chilies, and ginger. Stir to free browned bits. Return to a boil, cover, reduce heat, and simmer until the meat is very tender when pierced, about 2 to 2.5 hours.

Step 6: Ladle beef curry over rice on plates. Add banana, chutney, coconut, cucumber yogurt sauce, and salt to taste.

African beef stew peanut butter

African beef peanut stew

Source: Easy Food


  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds beef, cut into chunks
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp ginger, minced
  • 2 cups water
  • 6 tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp coriander
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg (optional)
  • 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup chunky natural peanut butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Cooking method

Step 1: Take a Dutch oven or a non-stick pan, pour a little oil on the bottom, and set it over medium-high heat. Let the pan get very hot, add the beef chunks. Cook the beef until it’s nicely browned, about 2-3 minutes on each side. Set the beef chunks aside.

Step 2: Reduce the heat to medium, add some more oil to the pot, then add the onions. Sauté until softened. Add the garlic and ginger, and sauté for 2-3 more minutes.

Step 3: Return the beef chunks to the pot and add water to cover (about 2 cups). Add tomatoes, cayenne, coriander, cumin, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, until meat is tender, about 2 hours. Add a little more water or some more tomatoes if needed.

Step 4: Once the meat feels tender enough to puncture with a fork, add 1/2-3/4 cups peanut butter and continue to simmer until the meat is very tender and the veggies have cooked down into a nice gravy, about another hour.

Step 5: Taste it and adjust the seasonings and peanut butter as desired.

African beef stew with spinach

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Source: African Vibes Magazine


  • 2 lbs stewing beef, cut into cubes, lean
  • 12 ounces ginger ale
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 10 ounces fresh spinach
  • 4 medium onions
  • 2 medium tomatoes
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp cold water

Cooking method

Step 1: Brown beef cubes in the oven. Add ginger ale, red pepper, black pepper, and the chopped tomato. Cover and simmer for about 1.5 hours or until meat is tender.

Step 2: Meanwhile, wash the spinach, and remove any tough stems. Tear the leaves into small pieces. Slice the onions thin and separate the slices into rings. Slice the whole tomatoes.

Step 3: Mix the cornstarch with 1 tbsp cold water. Stir into the stew and cook for 1 minute until it slightly thickened.

Step 4: Add onion rings, tomato slices and spinach. Return to simmer. Cover and simmer until the vegetables are just tender, about 5 minutes.

Step 5: Serve with rice.

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