Friday, April 10, 2020

Maafe #EattheWorld

This traditional stew from Senegal, West Africa combines beef, peanut butter and tomatoes.  Served over rice it is savory with a hint of sweetness.


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I adapted this recipe from one found at 196 Flavors.  The subtitle for this blog is 196 countries, A world of flavors.  

I was only feeding 3 of us so I halved the recipe.  I also used beef broth instead of water that was mixed with the peanut butter.  

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This was a wonderful stew that we all loved very much.  We could have eaten more, there was not a morsel left when we were done with dinner.

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Yield: 3 servings

Maafe (West African Peanut Stew)

Maafe (West African Peanut Stew)

This traditional stew from West Africa combines beef, peanut butter and tomatoes. Served over rice it is savory with a hint of sweetness.
Prep time: 10 MCook time: 2 hourTotal time: 2 H & 10 M


  • 1 lb. stewing beef, cut into 1" pieces
  • 1/2  onion, chopped
  • 1/4 c. creamy peanut butter
  • 3/4 c. beef stock
  • 3 T. tomato paste dissolved in 1 c. hot water
  • 2 carrots, scraped and cut into 1" pieces
  • 1 sprig thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 T. canola oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 c. Steamed rice for serving


How to cook Maafe (West African Peanut Stew)

  1. Heat the oil in a dutch oven over medium heat.  Add the onion and cook until fragrant and translucent.
  2. Add the meat, season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned.
  3. Whisk together the peanut butter and beef broth.  Pour over the meat then add the diluted tomato paste.  Stir well.  Add the carrots, thyme and bay leaf.  
  4. Reduce the heat to med low, cover and cook, stirring occasionally until the meat is very tender.  1-2 hrs.
  5. Serve over hot steamed rice.


Adapted from a recipe found at 196 Flavors, written by Betty Davies
Created using The Recipes Generator


  1. A fellow maafe maker! It was a total hit in our house too - so lip-smackingly delicious. There's something about that creaminess in the gravy from the peanut butter, that makes it so tantalizing. I love how our recipes are so similar - I just added more vegetables, but that flavour profile is great, no matter what's in it.

  2. I love that peanut tomato combination - they do it so well there!!

  3. I love African peanut soups and stews but I don't think I have ever tried it with beef before and now I really want to, this looks amazing.

  4. This looks delicious Wendy! I hope you & your family are well!

    1. Physically we are great, mentally we are struggling. We will get through this. Thanks Amy.

  5. Love this dish Maafe, looks lip smacking Wendy! Thanks for sharing the recipe, will try this soon.

  6. I love stews with oeanut butter, will have to try this one.


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