African Beef Stew Recipe

Published on Feb 24, 2016

  by   Kristina Stosek

49 reviews

Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 140 minutes Serves: 4 - 6
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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 beef 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.

sear the beef well for rich beefy flavour

Once the beef is generously seasoned, it is seared. The beef stew flavour will intensify by searing the meat. So sear the meat well. 

Next add the onions, garlic, bell peppers, tomatoes, tomato paste and coconut milk. Slowly simmer the stew 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?

african beef stew with a side of rice

Best sides with African Beef Stew

As I mentioned earlier, add  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!

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Many thanks!

Kristina xx

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thank you Tom for sharing

Nosiphiwe Tom

The best stew ever, my family loved it


thank you for sharing Nancy!


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


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


my husband loved this beef stew, thank you.


I am so happy to hear that Ambrosia, thank you


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!




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


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


I am happy to hear you enjoyed it Roger

Roger D.



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


The best stew EVER!

Kristina Stosek

Thank you for pointing this out! Please see revised instructions


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

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