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African Beef Curry

This African beef curry recipe is popular with my family and friends. It's from my Aunt Linda, who was a missionary in Nigeria for 45 years. The stew is served on a bed of rice and sprinkled with toppings. I put the bowls of toppings on my large turntable, and everyone can take whatever they want. In addition to the coconut, peanuts and raisins, you could also top the stew with chopped cucumbers, pineapple tidbits or mandarin orange slices.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 1-1/2 hours
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1 pound beef stew meat, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 small sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 1 small green pepper, chopped
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Hot cooked rice
  • Raisins, chopped salted peanuts and sweetened shredded coconut, optional


  • In a large saucepan, combine the first seven ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until meat is tender.
  • Serve with rice. Garnish with raisins, peanuts and coconut if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 205 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 70mg cholesterol, 474mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 3g fiber), 23g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 vegetable.

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  • eeceruttiEecerutti
    Aug 31, 2016

    I have also been making this since the recipe first appeared in a Taste of Home issue. Beef is always tender. Typically no leftovers. I do tend to go heavy on the curry. Always a hit. Thank you for the recipe.

  • mhen76
    Jan 17, 2016

    I've been making this since it was first published in 2008. Still a favorite. We always top it with coconut, raisins and peanuts. Will have to try the bananas sometime. Sounds yummy.

  • administrator
    May 30, 2012

    I used a crock pot which was quite helpful. Was good enough but won't be a family go-to even though we love curry.

  • marylandrankin
    May 7, 2012

    When I make this recipe my kids love it!

  • mbspanke
    Jan 14, 2011

    Really nice flavor. I added chopped peanuts the last hour of cooking. I also topped it with bananas.

  • swingingrandma
    Sep 12, 2010

    Wonderful,easy recipe. Have shared it with friends who have also enjoyed it.

  • jfcarter1
    Aug 25, 2010

    Served this at a potluck and had many people come and ask me for the recipe.

  • swingingrandma
    May 5, 2010

    This has become a most favorite recipe. Easy and tasty. If I don't have fresh green and red peppers, use canned tomatoes with chopped peppers. It has a special spot among my beef recipes. Thought I had misplaced the recipe and went to your recipe file and HOORAY..the lost is found. Will make sure I don't lose it again.Thank you.

  • heidi186
    Aug 16, 2009

    This was wonderful, and slightly spicy. The kids wouldn't eat much. I used bananas and raisins to top, but would love to try cucumbers, pineapple, and coconut. The bananas seemed to really cut the heat of the spiciness.

  • ajwheeler
    Apr 1, 2009

    Great, easy recipe. Good flavor. I used a can of pineapple tidbits as a topping instead of raising, peanuts and coconut.