Boom Chakalaka(Vegetarian-South Africa)

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 15 mins

Boom chakalaka! Born in the townships(probably Johannesburg) of South Africa(Sub-Saharan Africa), chakalaka is a simple, spicy dish of onions, tomatoes and often beans. It has been a staple for generations of black South Africans, and is a required condiment at South African braais, or barbecues. Chakalaka can be served hot or cold, over mealie pap, with slices of bread, or as a condiment for grilled meats. Adapted from whats4eats.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions, bell peppers, chile peppers, garlic and curry powder(if using ginger and/or carrots, add now).
  2. Saute, stirring frequently, until the onions and peppers are cooked down and wilted, about 4 to 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in the tomatoes and bring to a boil(if using shredded cabbage and/or chopped cauliflower add now). Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for about 5 minutes.
  4. Stir in the baked beans, salt and pepper and stir to heat through. (If using chopped cilantro add now).
  5. Serve hot or cold.