West African Pot Roast

"I have no idea whether this recipe is authentic, but my family loves it, and it's so easy to put together. Don't let the ingredients throw you! The sauce melts into a creamy, slightly spicy, earthy-flavored amalgamation that complements the beef. (Don't knock it 'til you try it!) Very good with mashed potatoes, fried okra, and carrots."
photo by Beth R. photo by Beth R.
photo by Beth R.
Ready In:
3hrs 20mins
1 roast




  • Preheat oven to 325°F.
  • Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a dutch oven or deep casserole that can be placed on the stove burner.
  • Salt and pepper the beef to your taste.
  • Brown the beef with the onions until well browned on all sides. Remove the beef and onions and drain on paper towels. Drain the oil from the pan, then return the roast and onions.
  • In a small microwaveable bowl, mix together the peanut butter, tomato paste, and water. Microwave on HIGH for about 1-2 minutes, until barely hot. Stir to make a smooth sauce (don't worry if it isn't completely smooth).
  • Pour the peanut butter sauce over the roast in the casserole, then add the seasonings.
  • Bake the roast in the oven for approximately 3--3 1/2 hours, or until tender.
  • If the sauce lookes oily, skim off the fat, then serve with the sliced roast.

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  1. I cooked this recipe for my family today and it was delish. I would definetly promote this recipe for anyone who has a taste for exotic foods.
  2. This is very nice. Was wondering about the blend of flavor but wanted something diferent. I was not disapointed, it turned out very good. Had it with scalloped potatoes. Thanks for posting.
  3. Oh MAN was this good. I found this recipe accidently and it captivated me so much that I HAD to try it. This was incredibly delicious! My beef accidently came out well done, I like mine medium rare, but the sauce was sooo good that it barely mattered. I plan on using the sauce to try with another cut of meat in the future. So good! It paired well with my sides, which were plain white rice and honey rosemary glazed carrots.
    • Review photo by Beth R.
  4. Always ready to try something new, and this was delicious. Wonder how this would freeze?
  5. I forgot to add the onions, but it was still delicious. For peanut-butter overkill, I served it with the African Spinach Salad I've got posted here on this site.


  1. Forgot the stars! I's give it 4 stars
  2. Added heavy cream to thin out the sauce a bit


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