• Angela, Digital Chef, Africa Analyst

Beef stew - West African Stew




African Beef Stew is a delectable West African stew cooked with a mixture of ingredients that is packed with flavor, depending on which country you are in you will get several different ingredients but usually a similar outcome. Tomatoes, bell peppers, and habanero peppers, garlic, and curry powder give it powerful flavors that will light up any side dish. It's really adaptable and goes well with a wide variety of foods.


This stew is made with beef cuts, but many other meats are used as well such as chicken, lamb, goat. This stew is a versatile main dish that goes well with a variety of dishes but is typically combine with rice, pasta, or cooked vegetables, and bread to soak up the stew.


Prep time: 10 minutes

Time to cook: 40 minutes

Serves: 4


INGREDIENTS:


COOK THE BEEF:


· 1 pound of meat

· 1 quart of water

· 1 teaspoon of black pepper

· 1/2 teaspoon salt


TO MAKE THE STEW:


  • 3 tomatoes

  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped

  • 1 habanero chili

  • 1 Onion

  • 4 garlic cloves

  • 1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil

  • 1/2 cup of beef broth/stock

  • 1 tablespoon of powdered bouillon or maggie

  • 1/2 teaspoon of thyme or chopped parsley

  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground black pepper

  • 1/2 -1 teaspoon of curry powder, to taste.

For more flavors, 1/4 cup of chopped parsley can be added, basil leaves can be added, endless ingredients!


INSTRUCTIONS FOR COOKING:


HOW TO COOK THE BEEF:


1. Cut beef into small cubes and place in pan.

2. Add water, salt, and black pepper and bring to boil.

3. Boil for for about 20-25 minutes.


TO MAKE THE STEW:


1. In a blender, combine the tomatoes, bell pepper, habanero pepper, onion, garlic.

2. Heat olive oil in a pan.

3. Stir in the blended tomato and pepper mixture and bring to boil.

4. Add black pepper, thyme, bouillon powder, and curry powder

5. Add the beef and 1/2 cup of stock.

6. If necessary, add a little more broth until it reaches a stew-like consistency.

7. Add salt to preference.

8. Simmer for 10-15 minutes on medium-low heat, covered.

9. Serve with rice or bread.



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