Mafe (Senegalese Beef Stew)

Mafe (Senegalese Beef Stew)

Time: 1 hrs 25 mins


  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 2 cups stock (your choice, preferably unsalted)
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup green bell pepper, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 1 cayenne pepper, seeded and chopped (or other or more)
  • 1 cup carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 2 lbs beef stew meat, trimmed and cut into 1 and 1/2-inch cubes
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 cups tomatoes, peeled and diced (or one 14 and 1/2 oz. can diced tomatoes with liquid)
  • 1 sprig thyme
  • 1 bay leaf


  • 1 Whisk together peanut butter and stock and reserve.
  • 2 Season the meat with salt and pepper.
  • 3 Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.
  • 4 Brown the meat well on all sides; do not crowd the meat; saute in batches if necessary.
  • 5 Remove meat and keep warm.
  • 6 Add the onion, garlic, peppers, and carrots to the pan and saute until the onions are translucent.
  • 7 Add the peanut butter and broth mixture, scraping all the brown bits up from the bottom and sides of the pan.
  • 8 Return the reserved meat (and any juices) to the pan with the tomatoes and their liquid, the thyme and bay leaf.
  • 9 Stir well and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring often, for about 1 hour or until the meat is tender.
  • 10 Taste for seasoning.
  • 11 Remove the thyme sprig and the bay leaf and discard.
  • 12 Serve hot over rice.
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