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African Groundnut Stew

Here's an African take on chili, featuring peanuts in place of beans. African Groundnut Stew is unique and delicious.

  • Accompaniments: For true African taste, pass small bowls of shredded coconut, orange segments, pineapple chunks, and fried onions to sprinkle over individual servings of stew.


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Cooking Time1 hr 55 min


  • 2 pounds stew meat, cut in 1-inch chunks
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 medium onions
  • 2 medium tomatoes (Roma best)
  • 2 tablespoons salad oil (peanut oil best)
  • 1 cup unsalted peanuts, coarsely broken
  • 4 cups hot cooked rice


  1. In a covered medium saucepan, cook meat, 1 1/2 cups water, salt, and pepper for 1 1/2 hours or until tender.
  2. Meanwhile, in covered electric blender container at low speed, blend onions and tomatoes until smooth (or chop onions and tomatoes very fine).
  3. In large skillet over medium-high heat, in hot oil, cook onion-tomato mixture for 5 minutes.
  4. Add meat mixture and peanuts, cook about 20 minutes until sauce cooks down slightly. Serve with Joloff rice. 

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This recipe is quit different from how i know its traditionally made. traditionally the peanuts are roasted first then ground until coarse but you can use the store-bought peanuts. The stew is made seperately from the beef and usually served with mashed steamed green bananas.

I would never have thought about substituting peanuts for beans in a chili, but it sounds like it would be extremely tasty. I'm curious about the lack of seasonings beyond salt and pepper. I would think it should have something additional in the way of spices. The suggested topping also sound quite odd and intriguing. When I make this, I'll probably stick with my old standby chili toppings cheese and onions.


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