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Maafe West African Peanut Soup

Maafe (West African Peanut Soup)– A spicy peanut stew made with beef, sweet potatoes and carrots – good enough for a one pot meal and is delicious with served with rice 
Course Soup
Cuisine African
Keyword beef stew, peanut soup, stew
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4 -5
Calories 499kcal
Author Immaculate Bites


  • ¼ cup oil or more
  • 1-2 pounds beef or chicken
  • 1 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoons white pepper
  • 2 fresh tomatoes chopped
  • 1 medium onion chopped divided
  • 3-4 garlic cloves
  • 2-3 tablespoons parsley
  • ½ cup ground peanuts or Peanut butter paste
  • 3-4 cups broth chicken or beef
  • 1 or more pound vegetable potatoes, carrots
  • 1 whole scotch bonnet or habanera pepper or ½ teaspoons cayenne pepper optional
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • In a large saucepan, season meat with salt, and onions and boil until tender, depending on the choice of meat. You should have at least 3-4 cups of stock. Remove the meat and reserve stock (broth)
  • In a large pot, heat oil over low heat, then add the beef/chicken and sauté stirring, frequently, any browned bits off the bottom of the pot. Remove and set aside
  • Blend tomatoes, and 1/2 onion, garlic, and parsley. Add half of the onions to the pan , sauce for about a minute and pour the mixture in the saucepan; add paprika, white pepper and sauté for about 7-10minutes. Stirring frequently to prevent burns, add stock as needed.
  • Then add potatoes, Carrots, peanut butter paste, scotch bonnet pepper and about 3 cups broth. Continue cooking until potatoes tender- about 10 or more depending on vegetables. Throw in the browned beef, Adjust the soup thickness with water if necessary.
  • If not, return your soup to the heat and let simmer to desired thickness
  • Drip a little soup from your stirring spoon. If you are satisfied with the thickness of your soup, serve it.


  1. You may skip the beef or chicken browning, if you do not want to deal with any frying or browning and proceed with the rest of the instructions.
  2. If you are cooking for kids, skip the cayenne pepper and leave the scotch bonnet pepper whole, if not prick to add some heat but not too much.


Calories: 499kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 88mg | Sodium: 212mg | Potassium: 744mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 3245IU | Vitamin C: 14.1mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 3.9mg