Cookbook:Zambian Beef Stew

Zambian Beef Stew
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Zambian beef stew is a hearty and comforting dish that brings together tender beef and a flavorful blend of vegetables and spices. This stew is a popular choice in Zambian cuisine, enjoyed with nshima or rice for a satisfying meal.






  1. In a large pot, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the finely chopped onion and minced garlic to the pot. Sauté until the onions are soft and translucent.
  3. Add the bite-sized beef pieces to the pot and brown them on all sides.
  4. Pour in the beef broth or water and bring the mixture to a simmer.
  5. Add the diced carrot, potato, tomato, green bell pepper, and red bell pepper to the pot. Stir well to combine with the other ingredients.
  6. Season the stew with paprika, cayenne pepper, ground cumin, ground coriander, and salt to taste. Adjust the seasoning according to your preference.
  7. Let the stew simmer for about 1–1.5 hours or until the beef is tender and fully cooked. Stir occasionally during cooking to prevent sticking and to ensure even cooking of the beef and vegetables.
  8. Remove the pot from the heat and let the stew rest for a few minutes before serving.

Notes, tips, and variations

  • You can add other vegetables like peas, corn, or green beans to the stew for added taste and nutrition.
  • For a richer flavor, you can use beef bone broth or add a tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce to the stew.
  • This stew can be made in advance and tastes even better the next day as the flavors continue to develop.