West African Groundnut Stew (Mafe)

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READY IN: 1hr 20mins
Recipe by Stephanie Z.

This is a yummy spicy stew, popular in Western Africa, particularly Senegal, Gambia, Mali and the Ivory Coast. Traditionally, it's made with black-eyed peas, but you can sub stew meat (usually chicken or beef) if you like! I was a little bit uncertain about the peanut butter, but it balanced the spiciness really well and gave the stew a creamy texture.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine peanut butter and 1/4 cup water.
  2. Saute onion and green pepper in a little oil until soft, about 5 minutes.
  3. In a large pot, add black-eyed peas (or meat), peanuts, water, beef stock (or water), tomatoes, tomato paste, all vegetables, spices, and peanut butter mixture. Stir well to combine.
  4. Simmer on low heat for at least an hour, up to 4 hours, stirring occasionally. You may want to add more water to bring the stew to your desired consistency.
  5. Serve over rice. Garnish with bananas or pineapple.

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