Nigerian Beef Stew Recipe

Indulge in the rich flavors of Nigerian cuisine with this hearty beef stew recipe. Packed with aromatic spices and tender beef, this dish is sure to tantalize your taste buds.


  • 1 kg (2.2 lbs) beef stewing meat, cubed
  • 2 large onions, finely chopped
  • 3 large tomatoes, diced
  • 3 bell peppers (red, green, or yellow), chopped
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons ground crayfish (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups beef broth or water
  • Fresh cilantro or parsley for garnish (optional)


  1. Heat vegetable oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the chopped onions and sauté until translucent, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the minced garlic to the pot and cook for another minute until fragrant.
  3. Stir in the tomato paste and cook for 2-3 minutes, allowing it to caramelize slightly.
  4. Add the diced tomatoes and chopped bell peppers to the pot. Cook until the vegetables are softened, stirring occasionally, about 7-8 minutes.
  5. Season the vegetables with ground crayfish (if using), ground ginger, ground coriander, paprika, cayenne pepper, dried thyme, dried rosemary, bay leaves, salt, and black pepper. Stir well to combine the spices with the vegetables.
  6. Add the cubed beef to the pot and stir to coat it with the spice mixture. Cook for 5-7 minutes until the beef is browned on all sides.
  7. Pour in the beef broth or water, making sure the beef is submerged. Bring the stew to a gentle simmer, then reduce the heat to low. Cover the pot and let it simmer for 1.5 to 2 hours, or until the beef is tender and the flavors have melded together, stirring occasionally.
  8. Once the stew is done, adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper if needed. If the stew is too thick, add more water or broth to reach your desired consistency.
  9. Serve the Nigerian beef stew hot, garnished with fresh cilantro or parsley if desired. Enjoy it with rice, boiled yams, or your favorite side dish.
  10. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days, or freeze for longer storage. Simply reheat before serving.

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