Trinidadian Beef Stew

April 30, 2021

Trinidadian Beef Stew

Spice up your life with this delicious stew from the Caribbean.


For the beef seasoning

  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil or regular cooking oil
  • 14 oz. stewing beef, cut into chunks

For the paste

  • 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 oz. peeled ginger, roughly chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 1 scotch bonnet pepper, deseeded and chopped 
  • Juice of ½ lemon
For the stew
  • 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 2 ½ tbsp. garam masala
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme 
  • ½ tsp. cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • 8 curry leaves or 3 bay leaves
  • 12 fl. oz. water
  • 8 oz. Charlotte potatoes, chopped in halves
  • 6 oz. string beans, cut into half

To serve

  • A handful of freshly chopped parsley to serve
  • Cooked rice and roti (optional)


  1. In a bowl, gently rub the seasoning into the beef chunks. Cover and set aside.
  2. Start to make the paste. In a large cooking pot over a medium heat, heat the oil and then add the onions. Cook until soft and translucent. Next add the ginger, garlic cloves, scotch bonnet and lime juice. Cook until for a further 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and carefully transfer the cooked ingredients into a food blender. Pulse until it forms a purée.
  3. Next, move on to making the stew. Place the same pot over a medium-high heat. Add the oil. Once the oil is heated, add the garam masala and cook for a minute or until fragrant. Next add the thyme and cayenne pepper. Increase the heat to high and add the beef chunks. Cook and stir the beef until brown for about 5 minutes. 
  4. Reduce the heat to medium. Stir in the tinned tomatoes, curry leaves and 6 fl. oz. water. Cook for 10 minutes.
  5. Reduce the heat to a simmer, place the lid on the pot and continue to cook for 1 ½ hours. Stir every half hour.
  6. Add the potatoes and the remaining water to the stew. Stir gently and cook with the lid on for a further 30 minutes. (Add a little more water if necessary to ensure the potatoes are cooked through)
  7. Stir in the string beans and cook for another 6 minutes with the lid on.
  8. Serve hot with rice and/or roti.

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