African Beef Stew Recipe

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This slow-cooked African Beef Stew is just the perfect hearty, cozy dinner to make when you are craving comfort food. Healthy ingredients such as garlic, ginger, tomatoes, cabbage, carrots and the two basics stew beef and potatoes make this African beef stew the most satisfying meal.

the ethnic spices for African stew

For the flavour, African spices such as curry powder, paprika, cinnamon and black pepper give this African beef stew tremendous flavour. For creaminess, this African beef recipe is made with coconut milk making everything taste so good!

This African beef stew recipe is such a simple dinner to throw together and so incredibly delicious. Cooking with ethnic spices adds diversity and uniqueness to our food, such as in this beef stew recipe.

What to serve with stew?

Serve this flavourful beef stew with gluten-free pull-apart soft rolls or the delicious gluten-free artisan crusty rolls, and you will have the most satisfying dinner for when you need warming comfort food.



top view of african stew in a bowl

African beef stew – recipe details

When it comes to African beef recipes, it is all about spices. So the first thing to do is season the beef with curry powder, paprika, a generous amount of black pepper and cinnamon.

Yes, you may be surprised about cinnamon. However, cinnamon is extremely aromatic and has a sweet and savoury flavour that sets this stew apart.

to get that rich beefy flavour it is important to sear the beef well

So, once the beef is generously seasoned, it is seared. The beef flavour will intensify by searing the meat, giving the stew a rich and flavourful sauce.

Now add the onions, garlic, bell peppers, tomatoes, tomato paste and coconut milk. Slowly simmer the stew beef for about an hour and a half.

Now add the remaining vegetables such as carrots, potatoes and cabbage, and finish cooking the stew until the meat is fork tender and the vegetables just right. The reason the vegetables are added at the end as not to overcook them.

And that is it for this African beef stew recipe. Nothing to it…right?

my recommendation to serve with this African beef stew

african beef stew with a side of rice


As I mentioned earlier, add a rolls such as this gluten-free butter roll for dipping in the stew, or serve over rice. But my favourite way to serve this hearty meal is with gluten-free naan. The naan is a leavened flatbread very popular in Asia, Indonesia, Myanmar and the Caribbean.

This flatbread is excellent to serve with this delicious stew because you can scoop up the thick sauce filled with tender African flavoured beef and veggies.

Another favourite beef stew recipe of mine is the Instant Pot Spiced Beef Stew with Mung Beans. A little different but ever so good! 

African Beef Stew the Instant Pot Method

Season the beef

raw seasoned beef in a bowl


Sear the beef in a skillet. I used a cast iron skillet.

searing beef in a cast iron skillet

Deglaze the skillet with 1/4 cup of water and add it to the instant pot with seared beef and remaining ingredients. Stir to combine. Close the lid.

Cook on manual for 35 minutes, then release steam naturally. Enjoy!

Let’s Connect!


Many thanks!

Kristina xx


  • 2 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 2 lb. stewing beef
  • 1 Tbsp. GF paprika
  • 1 tsp. GF ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp. GF ground cinnamon
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 Tbsp. minced ginger, about 2-inches
  • 1 yellow or orange bell pepper cut into large bite size pieces
  • 2 large tomatoes, cut into large bite size pieces
  • 1 can (13.5 oz.) coconut milk
  • 3 Tbsp. pure tomato paste
  • 4 medium carrots, cut into large bite size pieces
  • 4 medium potatoes, peel and cut into large bite size pieces
  • 2 cups sliced green cabbage (the slices should be about 1-inch wide)
  • Sea salt to taste
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  • Heat oil in large saucepan over medium-high heat
  • Season the beef with spices and add to the hot saucepan. Sear the beef until brown all over
  • Add onions, garlic, ginger and bell pepper, reduce the heat to low and continue to cook until onions are translucent about 5 minutes. Stirring as needed
  • Stir in tomatoes and continue to cook until the mixture begins to simmer
  • Add coconut milk and tomato paste and season with salt. Cover and simmer over low heat for 1 ½ hours, stirring occasionally
  • Add Carrots, potatoes, and cabbage and cook covered for 45 more minutes or until the beef easily flakes with a fork. If the stew becomes too thick add a little more coconut milk or water
  • * Instant pot version included in the blog
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    17 Responses to African Beef Stew Recipe

    • Jesse October 21, 2017

      The ingredients call for a pepper and tomato paste when do they go in?

      • Kristina Stosek October 22, 2017

        Thank you for pointing this out! Please see revised instructions

    • Joy September 1, 2020

      The best stew EVER!

    • Leslie December 8, 2020

      I love the flavours in this stew, OMG soooo good!!!

    • Roger D. January 19, 2021


      • Kristina January 19, 2021

        I am happy to hear you enjoyed it Roger

    • Kas February 14, 2021

      Made this a few times now, it’s so GOOD!!!!

    • MV March 26, 2021

      sounds delicious!
      Could this be done in the instant pot?

      • Kristina March 26, 2021


    • Ambrosia July 10, 2021

      I’m always trying to find new ways to feed my family. This stew is so good, it was unreal. My husband liked it so much he asked for it again next week!

      • Kristina July 11, 2021

        I am so happy to hear that Ambrosia, thank you

    • Ashely November 8, 2021

      my husband loved this beef stew, thank you.

      • Kristina November 8, 2021

        Ashley, I am so happy to hear that, thank you

    • Nancy January 31, 2022

      Omg! This recipe is of the charts so sooo good; thanks for the delicious recipe , this one is my favorite beef stew recipe

      • Kristina January 31, 2022

        thank you for sharing Nancy!

    • Nosiphiwe Tom March 28, 2022

      The best stew ever, my family loved it

      • Kristina March 29, 2022

        thank you Tom for sharing

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