Kyler’s Recipes

Maafe (West African Peanut Stew)


5 servings


30 minutes

active time

2 hours 30 minutes

total time


2 pounds Oxtail

½ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic

1 teaspoon finely chopped ginger

½ teaspoon cracked black pepper

2 tablespoons high-quality, extra virgin olive oil

3 Roma tomatoes

½ large red bell pepper

3 cloves garlic, whole

1 thumbsize peeled ginger root

1 handful fresh flat parsley

2 Serrano peppers, whole

1 large chopped white onion

1 Serrano pepper, chopped

Tomato Base (*see ingredients above)

2 cups beef broth/stock

3 tablespoons tomato paste

½ cup 100% Peanut Butter

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

½ teaspoon crushed red pepper

salt, to taste (see instructions)

1 large green bell pepper, cut in chunks (30 minutes before complete)

1 medium sweet potato cleaned, peeled, and cut into chunks (30 minutes before complete)


Remove marinated oxtail from refrigerator at least 20 minutes prior to cooking.

Heat olive oil over medium-high heat in a cast-iron skillet or stew pot and sear oxtail 2-3 minutes per side, until they are brown in color.

Remove from skillet/pot and allow oxtail to rest.

Add 1 tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil to pot then add chopped onion and sauté until golden brown.

Carefully scrape up any brown bits from the bottom of pan into the mixture with a wooden spoon or spatula. This adds more flavor!

Add in blended tomato mixture and cook for 2 minutes.

Pour in beef broth and stir in well. Next, add tomato paste and butter. Stir well. Cook for an additional 5 minutes.

Add in cayenne pepper, smoked paprika, and crushed red peppers.***taste to see if you need to add salt. If so, add it here***

Add oxtail back to the stew pot. Cover and cook for 5-10 minutes over medium-high heat. Stirring occasionally.

Reduce to low heat, stir, and add cover. Cook on low heat until oxtail is tender (about 2 hours for beef).

In the last half hour of cook time, add in sweet potato chunks and bell peppers. Taste and adjust for salt if needed.

Serve and enjoy!

5 servings


30 minutes

active time

2 hours 30 minutes

total time
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