Clay Pot African Groundnut Stew

Total Time
1hr 30mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 1 hr

This is based on a recipe from The Best of Clay Pot Cooking cookbook. The intro says, "In Africa, peanuts are called groundnuts and are often pounded to a paste and used in soups, stews, and sauces. Here, peanut butter, tomatoes, and spices combine to make a creamy, rich sauce for this beef stew. Serve it with steamed collard greens or kale or a leafy green salad."

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large, 12-inch skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Add half the beef and brown well on all sides.
  3. Place the meat in a soaked 3-quart clay pot.
  4. Brown remaining beef in additional 1 tablespoon oil. Add this batch to pot.
  5. Add the broth to the skillet and bring to a boil, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Pour into a bowl and set aside.
  6. Place the skillet over medium-high heat and heat the remaining oil.
  7. Add the onion, bell pepper, garlic, and ginger, and saute for about 8 minutes, until the onions are translucent. Add the sauteed vegetables to the clay pot.
  8. Add the peanut butter, tomatoes, thyme, cinnamon, allspice, hot-pepper flakes, and lemon juice to the reserved broth, mixing until well combined. Add this to the pot and stir to coat meat and vegetables.
  9. Cover the pot and place it in a cold oven.
  10. Set the oven temperature to 450 degrees F and cook for 1 hour, or until the meat is tender and the sauce thick and creamy.


Most Helpful

This stew was excellent! I did find that it needed a little salt.So many African recipes call for sweet potatoes that I decided to add some. I lined the bottom of the clay pot with slices , topped with the browned beef, then added the veggies and sauce. I served with rice pilaf with almonds. I plan to use this for company fare.

glwebster July 25, 2010

A delicious stew, much like a favorite of mine, Mafe, but interesting and subtle differences in the seasoning. I followed the recipe precisely and all were pleased with the result. Very warming and comforting on a grey and rainy day. Thanks, Mersaydes.

Chef Kate May 10, 2008

My family didn't really care for the taste of this stew. DH & I couldn't figure out what was "off" about it. Sorry I couldn't rate it higher. Made for NA*ME Tag

Nasseh January 03, 2009

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