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African Bean Stew

This African Bean Stew is an easy, comforting, and filling 30-minute meal! Loaded with beans, plantains, okra, and warm spices, this naturally gluten free and vegan stew is so hearty and delicious.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time28 minutes
Total Time33 minutes
Course: Dinner, Soup, Stew
Cuisine: African
Keyword: African Stew, Bean Stew, Vegetarian Stew
Servings: 4 people
Author: Silvia Dunnirvine


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 stick celery, thinly sliced
  • 1 carrot, about 1/2 cup
  • 1 cup tomatoes, chopped or diced
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 32 oz vegetable broth
  • 1 can 15oz organic kidney beans
  • 1 cup okra, sliced
  • 1 plantain, sliced and quartered


  • 1/2 tsp each, paprika, cumin, coriander and chili
  • 1/4 tsp curry powder
  • pinch of sea salt and pepper, to taste


  • Start by heating up the oil in a soup pot or dutch oven. Add onion, garlic, carrots and celery and sauté the veggies stirring often until they have softened (about 8 minutews)
    African bean and okra stew
  • Add in tomatoes and tomato paste along with all seasoning and spices, and stir.
    vegetarian stew with okra
  • Add the broth, beans, okra and plantains. Stir well, cover and let it simmer for 15-20 minutes.
    bean and okra stew
  • When done garnish with fresh coriander or cilantro and serve.
    African bean and okra stew