Is there any Nigerian here who doesn’t like beef?
Haha… I don’t think so too. Well, with an exception for vegans and vegetarians. We don’t joke with beef at all, we love it in stew, eat it fried, boiled or grilled.
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Nigerian Beef Stew (African Stew)
Today’s recipe is one of Nigeria’s classic dishes, one of the tomato stew recipes that must be in every Nigerian household. Beef stew is made with tomatoes, red bell pepper, scotch bonnet (ata-rodo), onions and of course beef. In Nigeria, we use soup and stew interchangeably so excuse me if I get carried away.
Nigerian stew would usually call for pepper mix while soup is slightly thicker and contains vegetable like pumpkin leaves, efo tete etc
I must say this stew is not peculiar to Nigeria alone but the whole of Africa. It is also called African stew or red tomato stew. There might be few swaps of ingredients and spices used, but the same process is followed. One pot tomato stew with the addition of protein of choice.
Beef stew is made thicker as it is fried, it keeps well in the fridge and can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months. Nigerian beef stew has been saving lives for years. It is perfect with plain boiled rice. In fact, some people with trust issues add beef stew to their jollof rice and fried rice.
This stew is also great with bread, yam, plain okra and ewedu, not forgetting some Nigerian soups too.
To make this delicious tomato stew, you can use any protein of choice like beef, chicken, pork, lamb, goat, fried fish, boiled eggs etc. The main ingredients in Nigerian beef stew are tomatoes (fresh or plum) I used chopped tomatoes for mine.
Red bell pepper (tatashe) and onions are also important in making this classic stew as it is the base for the beef, the addition of garlic and ginger is optional but if it floats your boat, feel free to add it. If you would like to know more about Nigerian Pepper mix, you need to read this post.
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What’s in my stew
- Nigerian pepper mix: This mix consist of tomatoes, scotch bonnet, onions and red bell pepper/ pointed red pepper. Nigerian pepper mix is the base for Nigerian soup and rice dishes like jollof rice and native jollof rice.
- Chicken bouillon powder/cube (jumbo, Knorr, Maggi and the likes)
To make beef stew, you need to either grill or boil the beef, for this recipe, you want to use fried beef which can be grilled for a healthier option. In Nigeria, we boil our proteins 90% of times before adding it to our stew and soups. The only blood I need in my beef is the blood of Jesus. Lol
How to boil beef
- Rinse the beef (protein of choice) yes, we have to rinse our proteins before we boil or do anything with it. Even if you don’t want to, picturing what your African mum or aunty could say would make you change your mind.
- Add it to a pan, add chopped onions, bouillon cube, salt (add curry and thyme if using or any other herbs of choice. I used dried oregano) add little water and bring to boil until the meat is tender. Check out my post here dedicated to how to boil meat to perfection.
- Fry beef until golden brown or grill in the oven for a healthier option
How to make Nigerian beef stew
- Boil the beef with spices and seasoning of choice, fry or grill and set aside
- Blend the peppers, mine was about 4 cups after blending
- Using the same oil used in frying the beef, add the pepper mix and cook for some few minutes
- Add spices, salt and bouillon powder/ seasoning cubes and fried beef to the stew.
- Continue to cook on low heat till oil floats to the top of the stew (if the stew is too thick, add stock or water to make it lighter)
- Serve as desired
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