Recipe Time: Traditional Peanut Butter Beef Stew from Zimbabwe

Peanut butter is one of the most loved and used ingredients in colorful Zimbabwean cuisine. Many of the country’s traditional dishes include this flavorful spread as a way to add a surprising yet incredibly delicious twist to more popular recipes. Today, we’re cooking a scrumptious peanut butter beef stew from Zimbabwe. Here’s the recipe!

Recipe Time: Traditional Peanut Butter Beef Stew from Zimbabwe Ingredients

  • 12 oz Beef blade
  • 1 large tomato
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 ½ tsp peanut butter
  • Oil for frying
  • 2 ½ cups of water

How to Make the Peanut Butter Beef Stew, Zimbabwe Style

Jar of Smooth Peanut Butter

Step 1

Chop the tomato and onion, and mince the cloves of garlic. Grab a pot and heat the oil over medium heat. Add the beef blade and season with salt. Stir fry it until it gets nice and brown, then add water and reduce the heat, letting it simmer until the meat gets tender.

Step 2

Add the garlic and fry for about 30 seconds. Then, add the onions. Stir well and let it all cook for about two minutes before adding the chopped tomato. Stir well and cover the pot with a lid so the stew can simmer until the tomatoes are cooked (typically about three minutes).

Step 3

Add the peanut butter and stir again. Add a little bit of water and let it simmer with the lid on for another five to seven minutes until all flavors mix together. Add salt and pepper to taste if necessary, and your peanut butter beef stew is ready to serve. Enjoy!


Peanut Butter Beef Stew served with white rice Once your beef stew is ready, feel free to serve it like they do in Zimbabwe. This means adding sadza (pap) or even rice. You can add carrots and greens, too. So, next time you have some beef in the freezer and leftover peanut butter in the pantry, don’t hesitate to give this delicious recipe a try!