African beef stew

African beef stew

African beef stew

Yield: 4-6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

A hearty tomato stew comfort food.



  • 2 lbs. chuck stew beef
  • 1/2 Tbsp. salt
  • 2 c. water
  • 2 c. oil, for frying (optional)


  • 1 onion
  • 1 1/2 cans (8 oz.) tomato paste
  • 1 c. reserved beef stock
  • 1/2 c. oil


  • 1/2 tsp. curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp. thyme
  • 1 tsp. bullion powder
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne powder
  • Salt, to taste


  1. Rinse beef. If beef is not cut, cut into 1” cubes.
  2. In a pot, add water, beef, and salt. Bring to a boil, then allow to simmer for 30-40 minutes. Drain liquid, reserving juices.
  3. (Optional) Heat 2 c. of oil over medium (5) heat. Once hot, fry the beef in batches for ~5 minutes until brown, stirring often. Drain beef and set aside. Reserve 1/2 c. of the oil for the stew.
  4. Heat 1/2 c. of oil over medium (4) heat. Once hot, add onion. Cook until onion is soft.
  5. Once soft, add tomato paste mixed with 2 Tbsp. reserved beef stock to pot, along with seasonings. Fry until cooked and no longer bitter, ~5 minutes, stirring often.
  6. Add beef and enough beef stock to make a stew-like consistency. Allow to simmer, covered, for another ~5 minutes.

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