Simple Beef Stew

Simple Tanzanian meat stewThis is by request: This recipe was first posted on my previous website a few years ago by me.

My mother prepared this recipe a few times when she visited me abroad; she preferred to grate the carrots. The most important thing that she liked was that the meat must have bones to strengthen the flavor. I would like to ask you not to add beef stock, it will change the natural flavors of the stew, but home made beef stock can be used.

Just as Many Tanzanian recipes, this is very simple but full of flavors. I always recommend to use organic ingredients for Tanzanian recipes to get that rich natural flavors from the ingredients. If you cannot afford organic vegetables at least use organic meat. This is because the meat in Western world doeshave any flavor, so organic meat will do the trick.


  • 1lb beef (chunk pieces)
  • 1 cup chunk cuts of carrot
  • 1 cup chunk cuts of potatoes
  • 1/4 cup onions
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp crushed ginger
  • 1 Tbsp crushed Garlic
  • 1 Tbsp Cilantro / coriander leaves
  • 1/2 Tbsp Tomato paste
  • 1/2 Tsp Turmeric
  • 1 cup cut-up green,red and yellow sweet peppers (optional)
  • 1/2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice or 1/2 cup Coconut milk
  • Salt
  • cooking oil


  1. In a big non-stick pan, heat 1 tbsp of oil. Add meat and fry until
    brown (add oil if the meat is sticking on the pan).
  2. Add Carrots, potatoes and salt. Continue to fry until the potatoes
    are translucent.
  3. Then remove the pot from the heat.
  4. In a different pan, heat 1-2 tbsp of oil. Add onions, cook until
  5. Add garlic and tomato paste. Stir for 3 minutes then
    add ginger, cilantro, turmeric and black pepper. Stir for about 5
    minutes and then add tomatoes.
  6. Cover the pot until tomatoes are tender or dissolved. Then add
    lemon juice or Coconut milk.
  7. Pour the tomato mixture to the pot that has meat and potatoes.
  8. You can add 1/2 cup of water then cover the pot and lower the heat to
    low, simmer until the potatoes are soft.


  10 comments for “Simple Beef Stew

  1. January 4, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    Leo nataka nijaribu kupika namna ulivyoeleza.

  2. Tichi
    August 19, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    Mimi ni mkenya lakini nimefurahishwa na upishi wako. Ningependa kujua namna naeza pata kitabu chako. Ninapatikana Nairobi. Kama waeza kunijulisha kupitia barua pepe yangu nitafurahia sana. Amazing cooking.

    • August 19, 2013 at 3:49 PM

      Nitatangaza hapa hivi karibuni jinsi unaweza kupata kitabu.

      Asante na karibu tena

  3. jane wamaitha
    September 23, 2011 at 2:34 AM

    i love cooking and will make sure my family enjoys this. thanks rose. from kenya

  4. June 11, 2011 at 2:33 AM

    jamani tumieni kiswahili ili 2pate kuelewa zaidi.

  5. caty
    May 31, 2011 at 1:54 AM

    jaman uwe unaandka kwa kiswahli mana weng tunaosoma na waswahili.

  6. May 28, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    maoni yangu naomba utuandikie mapishi haya kwa kiswahili

  7. marry
    March 15, 2011 at 12:58 AM

    plz tranclate in swahili plz

  8. Maria Elena
    January 14, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    i made this recipe last night. It was delicious! It was my first attempt at cooking African food. I also made it with some Pilau Masala and Kachumbali. I cook with the main ingredients usually but I had never thought to use those spices or combine them in that way. Thanks for the recipes, can’t wait to try more!

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