This Slow Cooker African peanut soup (Granat Stew, Groundnut Stew, Senegalese Maafe) is so, so easy to make. Especially useful to know when you are about to have a craaaaaaaaazy day or two.
So, I have signed myself up for a throwing a birthday bash for 16 kids. Panic. What panic?? I was not panicking about what to do with 16 kids. Nope. I certainly did not spend 3 days madly scribbling down ideas of every single entertainment option.
Some of what I found was too long, too short, sounded boring, might be dangerous, too expensive, sounded plain old weird. All the thoughts I went through before finally booking a face painting and balloon modelling expert. Hopefully, the kiddoes are really going to have fun.
The food, decorations and music are already sorted. That bit I am all over and then some. Presents wrapped and goodie treats bags already filled. Defo all over that.
And yes, you know me. Supper that evening aka this Slow Cooker African Beef Peanut Stew can be made ahead of time so that the adults can kick back, relax and play a game or two.
Why Make Slow Cooker African Peanut Soup
I love making groundnut stew – as it is easy to make, most folks always have the ingredients to hand, it is nourishing, creamy, nutty and oh so finger licking good. It is also immensely adaptable with spices, citruses, vegetables, meat and a whole load of colour. I think it is one of those dishes that folks learn to cook first and my go-to African recipe to teach friends.
How To Cook African Peanut Stew
Step 1. Brown the meat on all sides in batches in a frying pan and add into the slow cooker.
Step 2. Saute the onion and peppers and add into the slow cooker.
Step 3. Stir in the peanut butter sauce, mix well and cook on high for 4 hours.
Step 4. Check after 4 hrs, and if you need a little more time then cook for a further hr.
Step 5. Adjust seasoning then serve with some rice.
I have blended the base of this version, as well as added in a whole heaping of chopped tomatoes, which is a departure from the norm. And it tastes a little different but really, really good. The beef is so tender and falls apart after hours in the slow cooker.
And I have found that like with other stews, it tastes even better the next day. So, it is worth prepping a this a few days ahead of time if possible. Oh and you are definitely going to need a side helping of rice to mop up this slow cooker African peanut stew.
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Here is how to make African Peanut Stew. Please do try it and if you do make it then please do tag #recipesfromapantry on Instagram or Twitter so that I can pop over and have a look. It is really, really awesome for me when you make any one of my recipes. You can also share it on my Facebook page.
- Peanut stew sauce
- 500 ml (2 cups) water
- 400 g (14oz) chopped tomatoes
- 5 tbsp smooth peanut butter
- 3 tbsp tomato puree
- 2 cm piece of peeled ginger
- 2 garlic cloves peeled
- Scotch bonnet to your taste or other chilli
- 1 tsp ground coriander
- 1/2 tsp white pepper
- 1 stock cube
- Everything else
- 2 tbsp peanut oil divided
- 450 g (1lb) beef cubed small
- 1 onion peeled and finely diced
- 2 red pepper bell, deseeded and finely diced
- Add 1 tbsp of olive oil to a frying pan over medium heat and brown the meat on all sides in batches. Add the browned meat into the slow cooker.
- Add the remaining 1 tbsp. of oil to the frying pan and add the onion and peppers and cook for 5 mins until the onions are softened. Add the onion and pepper mix into the slow cooker.
- Stir in the peanut butter sauce, mix well and cook on high for 4 hours.
- Check after 4 hrs, and if you need a little more time then cook for a further hr.
- Adjust seasoning then serve with some rice
This stew tastes even better the next day. So, it is worth prepping a this a few days ahead of time if possible.