African Beef Stew

African Stew -- a popular mouth-watering stew and a traditional West African Stew that is often prepared in most homes, in a number of different ways. A must-have for Christmas gatherings and in everyday meal.

Course Main
Cuisine African
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 5 people
Calories 254 kcal
Author Immaculate Bites


  • 1-2 pound stew beef , cut in small pieces
  • 1/2 -1 cup oil (Canola, Vegetable or Corn) , adjust as needed
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 4 roma tomatoes , they are less acidic
  • 4 peeled garlic cloves
  • ¼ cup chopped parsley
  • 3-4 tablespoon celery leaves
  • ½ -1 scotch bonnet pepper , optional
  • 1-2 basil leaves
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • 1 canned tomatoes sauce , 14 ounce
  • ½ teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1-2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon Maggie powder or beef bouillon powder
  • 1-2 green onion , sliced
  • salt to taste
US Customary - Metric


  1. Boil beef with salt, pepper and some chopped onions in a medium pot until tender. It will take approximately 30 minutes or more, depending the cut of beef and how you like your beef cooked. I sometimes use the pressure cooker to shorten the process. Reserve the stock for later use.

  2. Add 1 cup oil to the pot/pan and brown the beef for about 5-10 minutes. Remove and set aside.

  3. In a blender, blend the onions, tomatoes, garlic, parsley, celery, thyme, basil  and scotch bonnet pepper 

  4. Gently pour the blend of puree ingredients, and tomatoes puree  in the saucepan, add curry powder, white pepper , smoked paprika and bouillon powder bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 30 minutes.

  5. Then return browned  beef and simmer for another 10 to 15 minutes.

  6. Stir the pot frequently to prevent the sauce from sticking to the pot. -Occasionally adding beef stock or water as needed to prevent burns
  7. Finally add green onions. Adjust seasonings, sauce consistency with water/stock and salt.
  8. Serve warm with desired side dish.

Recipe Notes

  1.  Feel free to add vegetables such as carrots, green beans or green pepper
  2. You may remove some of the excess oil at the end before serving.