This African beef stew is a perfect meal to prep for the week. African beef stew is spicy, hearty and filled with nutrition and flavor from simple, easy to find African spices. Also compliant with Whole30 and paleo lifestyles.
One of the things I love doing most is trying out the different cuisines of other countries. Truthfully, I got completely spoiled when I lived in Hawaii because I was able to try so many different Thai, Asian, Vietnamese, Japanese and Chinese food.
Living in the south, my options are WAY different so I am forced to make my own ethnic food which is something I enjoy!
One thing that unites a lot of ethnic food is curry.
Maybe you don’t know this but there are so MANY different types of curry besides Thai, Indian or Japanese including African curry.
I feel in love with African food on a trip to NYC after culinary school and have since sought out African restaurants. While they are sadly few and far between, my version of African beef stew is the perfect starter dish to get your taste buds wanting more African food.
What are African spices used in African cooking?
The beauty of cooking food from another country is learning that there are so many different types of dishes and spices used in different regions of the country. In general, these are popular African spices used in African cooking:
- Curry Powder
How do you make African Beef Stew?
- In this recipe for African Beef stew, I sauteed garlic, onion, ginger and bell pepper in a big pot and added chunks of beef stew meat.
- I added in the spices which were curry powder, coriander, a pinch of cinnamon and cayenne pepper along with salt.
- Add in diced sweet potato, chopped cabbage, crushed tomato and coconut milk and bring to a boil for 5 minutes. Turn down to a simmer and cook until potatoes and beef are cooked through.
Instant Pot African Beef Stew Instructions:
- African beef stew can be made in the instant pot following these instructions:
- Use the saute function to heat up 2 tsp of oil on the bottom of the instant pot.
- Add in onion, ginger, garlic, bell pepper, beef, salt and spices and saute for about 5-7 minutes or until vegetables begin to soften.
- Add in sweet potato, cabbage, crushed tomatoes, beef broth and coconut milk and stir until everything is combined.
- Cook on manual HIGH pressure for 20 minutes and use a quick or natural release. Serve hot.
- 2 pounds Beef Stew Meat
- 1 large Yellow Onion, diced
- 1 Green Bell Pepper, diced
- 2 cups Green Cabbage, chopped
- 2 cups Sweet Potato, diced
- 2 tbsp Fresh Ginger, grated
- 4 cloves Garlic, minced
- 1 28oz can Crushed Tomatoes
- 1 cup Coconut Milk
- 1 cups Beef Broth or Stock
- 2 tsp Avocado Oil
Spices & Seasonings
- 2 tbsp Curry Powder
- 1/2 tbsp Paprika
- 1/4 tsp Cinnamon
- 1 tbsp Coriander
- 1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper
- 2 tbsp Salt
- In large pot, heat up 2 tsp of Avocado oil over medium high heat.
- Add in onion, garlic, ginger, bell pepper, beef and spices and saute for 5-7 minutes or until the meat becomes opaque and vegetables begin to soften.
- Stir in sweet potatoes and cabbage.
- To the pot, add in crushed tomatoes, coconut milk and beef broth and stir to combine.
- Bring stew to a boil for 5 minutes and turn back down to a simmer for 30-40 minutes or until sweet potatoes and beef are cooked through.
- Adjust seasonings as necessary and serve hot.
Nutrition Information:Serving Size: 2 cups
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 348
Valerie Skinner is a Whole30 approved personal chef & recipe developer that bridges the gap between healthy eating and busy lives by providing simple healthy meals and recipes for you and your family.