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Beef Stew with Sweet Potatoes

Beef Stew with Sweet Potatoes

This beef stew with sweet potatoes recipe is spicy and well seasoned with fresh herbs, spices, and Noubess Berbere Seasoning.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Course Dinner
Cuisine Ethiopan
Servings 6
Calories 527 kcal


  • 2 ½ lbs boned beef chuck fat trimmed, and cut into 3/4-inch chunks
  • 1 medium onion quartered lengthwise
  • 4 scallions medium size
  • 4 - 6 garlic cloves depending on size
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 tbsp minced fresh ginger
  • 4 - 6 Roma tomatoes diced
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste or more
  • 2 tbsp Noubess Berbere Seasoning
  • 3 tbsp aged balsamic vinegar
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes
  • ¼ cup dry red wine optional
  • Salt
  • Water


  • Cut the beef into cubes, trimmed the fat, clean with lemon or vinegar. Pat dry with paper towel and set aside.
  • Chop the onions, ginger, garlic, and scallions.
  • Next, melt the butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onions, ginger, garlic, and scallions. Cook for about 3 - 5 minutes, stirring.
  • Add chopped tomatoes and tomato paste. Stir to mix and cook, stirring for about 5 minutes.
  • Add the beef followed by the berbere seasoning; stir until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes. Add balsamic vinegar. Bring to a simmer, then cover, cook on low to medium heat on the stovetop. After 10 minutes, check on the liquid amount. Add hot water if necessary. (add enough water to cover the meat.)
  • Stir the meat mixture occasionally until the beef is tender when pierced with a fork, about 1 - 1 1/2 hours.
  • Add the sweet potatoes, and continue cooking until all the ingredients are fully cooked—season to taste with salt and pepper.


  • It is best to use a Dutch oven for cooking the beef as the meat will take less time.
  • If you do not have berbere seasoning, use the following: 1 tablespoon each ground paprika and cayenne (use less cayenne pepper if you don't want the stew to be too spicy), 1 teaspoon each ground cumin and fenugreek, ½ teaspoon each ground turmeric, cinnamon, and cardamom, and ¼ teaspoon each allspice and ground cloves.
  • Always use hot or warm water when cooking meat. The warm water helps keep the flavors together.
  • There's no need to sear the meat first as this is a method in many beef stew recipes.
  • If you want to thin out the sauce, add a dry red wine or hot water and adjust the seasoning.


Calories: 527kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 39gFat: 30gSaturated Fat: 14gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 2gCholesterol: 151mgSodium: 293mgPotassium: 1238mgFiber: 4gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 11930IUVitamin C: 21mgCalcium: 90mgIron: 5mg

Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on the products used.

Keyword African Recipes, Beef Stew, Comfort foods, hearty meal
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