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African Red Stew

Instant Pot or Slow Cooker

  • Baked
  • Slow Cooker/Instant Pot
  • Spicy

Eating with your hands has never tasted so delicious!

  • 60
  • Serves 3
  • Medium



This dish is also known as “Red Tomato Stew” or “Nigerian Red Stew” and is mostly made of  fresh fried tomatoes, onions, garlic, red bell peppers and a mixture of spices. 

African Red Stew

To be more specific I have called it “African Red Stew” which hails from Nigeria and can be made with either goat, chicken meat or dried catfish. 

This stew is so special that it is served as the main dish during the holidays in Nigeria. Yup you heard that right, so instead of our North American Turkey they serve Red Stew. 

I have also shared on this blog a few other African recipes. Two of them are very similar to this dish, however they are made slightly different.

Both those recipes can be found below, along with recipes to make pounded yam and fufu = cassava. 

This stew can easily be made in your pressure cooker or slow cooker, so follow along. It really is not hard to make. 

Some people will also add tripe as well to this dish, personally my favorite way to make it is with boneless goat meat as you see here.

African Red Stew

This dish is a bit spicy but mellows out well when served alongside a bed of rice or pounded yam.

If you do not like a lot of spice, then you can always omit the minced scotch bonnet pepper if you’d like. 

Red Goat Stew has been a favorite recipe of mine since I was a little girl. Yup my mom cooked African food for me along with many other cultural dishes and so this is where I developed my love for spicy foods.

The intense “Red” color that you see in this recipe is from a blended mixture of red peppers, onions, tomatoes and spices. 

African Red Stew

Some people like there red stew to be somewhat running, I prefer my more thick as you can see above.

I find it makes it really easy this way to pick up with the pounded yam and tastes better in my opinion.

However if you prefer it more liquidy, as some people do like to make it.

Simply add 1/2 cup of extra stock to the cooking process at the end.

Typically it’s served with ? “Pounded Yam” or “Rice”. I much prefer the pounded yam however if I do not have the instant stuff on hand I will use rice.

I will provide the recipe for pounded yam below. And tips on where to find it!

How to make Pounded Yam

Cooked Pounded Yam

Where to buy Pounded Yam > Pounded Yam on AMAZON : Ola Ola Authentic Pounded Yam Iyan Instant (5Lbs ...

Pounded Yam typically is prepared with a mortar and large pot and is made from scratch.

However do to advances in the food industry you can now buy it in a “powdered form”and make the same thing in less the time an effort.

African Red Stew

Wanting to make Pounded Yam with this? Check out my 5 minute recipe for that here: how-to-make-pounded-yam/

Pounded yam is typically eating with your hands, no fork needed.

And I love doing that, if you have not tried it before your in for a tasty experience. 

About to enjoy the pounded yam and red stew

Looking for more delicious African Recipes? 

1. Quick Black Eyed Peas

2. African pepper goat soup

3. African Chicken Stew

Notes: The type of curry powder you use here is important, you don’t want a masala type curry which is to mild. Ideally a Jamaican curry will work best here.

Inspired by: Nigerian Lazy Chef

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African Red Stew

African Red Stew

Yield: 4
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours

Eating with your hands has never tasted so delicious!


  • MEAT
  • 2 pds lb Boneless goat meat
  • 1 tbsp Curry powder
  • 1 tsp Creole seasoning
  • 1 tsp Thyme
  • 1 Maggi Cube
  • 1 tsp White Pepper
  • 1 Chopped Onion
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 cup Cooking oil
  • 4 Large Beefsteak Tomatoes
  • 1 tsp Fresh Ginger Root
  • 2 Red Bell Peppers
  • 1 Onion
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 1 Maggi cube
  • 1 Scotch bonnet pepper, minced
  • 1/2 cup Goat stock
  • 1 Chicken Maggi Cubes
  • Salt to taste


  1. Start by seasoning the meat, in a medium sized bowl add the boneless goat meat
  2. and add 2 clove of minced garlic, chopped onion, curry powder, thyme, white pepper, salt.
  3. Mix well and add to a medium sized pot along with 1 cup of water and allow it to cook over medium heat till tender. "Roughly 30 minutes" if you notice the water evaporating add more since you are going to want at least 1/2 cup reserved for later.
  4. Once tender, strain the meat and reserve the "Broth" set the broth aside and add place the strained meat onto a baking sheet covered with tinfoil. Broil under the broiler 2 minutes on each side or until browned.
  5. Now in a blended add the washed and halved tomatoes, red peppers, 1 onion, 2 garlic and scotch bonnet pepper. Blend until completely smooth.
  6. Now in the same pot that you cooked the goat meat, add 1 cup of cooking oil along with 1 chopped onion bring to high heat and cook the onion till translucent.
  7. Pour in one can of tomato paste along with the blended tomato mixture and all the remaining seasonings. Cooked uncovered stirring regularly for 10 minutes to cook the tomatoes. Then add in the goat stock and cover the pot cooking on a medium to low heat for an additional 35 minutes. Stirring every so often, you do not want to burn the tomatoes rather just fry them.
  8. Once the oil has come to the top of the pot/tomatoes, add in the broiled goat meat and allow it to simmer on low heat for 5 minutes. Enjoy!


Serve with pounded yam or rice.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1230Total Fat: 76gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 61gCholesterol: 283mgSodium: 1305mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 7gSugar: 15gProtein: 102g

These calculations are based off Nutritionix

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Hi! I’m really loving the sound of this however I’m from the Netherlands and was wondering what a maggi cube is. So I can find something similar. Definitely want to give this one a try!

Hello Anne

Maggi is a similar to knox beef bouillon cubes, if your familiar? Basically it’s beef stock in a cube.
You can submit for any Bouillon Beef Cub. Magi is typically used in African cooking, while KNORR is typically used among North Americans. Hope that helps?

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Growing up my mom learned to make this from her husband and make it for us after they had split I loved this dish so much that I would love to learn and make it my self but I’m unable to find Maggi cube or scotch bonnet pepper. It there any other substitute I could use?

wELL then sounds like you may be having a craving for it 🙂 You can use knorr chicken cubes for the maggi and Jalapeño or Serrano peppers for the scotch bonnet.

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