This is beef stew with samp and beans and vegetables - a traditional South African dish.

Samp and Beef Stew Recipe

Samp and Beef Stew

Get to know the yummy cuisine of South Africa and learn how to cook one of the most famous South African Recipes.

The best way to experience a culture is to try its traditional food. As such, every tourist should consider adding (and at least trying) one of the many South African dishes on their South African to-do list. I have lived in South Africa for about 3 years, have traveled the country a lot and tasted almost every dish and snack.




One of the most common South African dishes is samp and stew. Stew is a traditional meal usually served with either samp and beans, or pap with creamy spinach and butternut. There are variations to a stew that tourists can explore, such as, pork, chicken, oxtail, lamb and vegetable stew. I have tested many South African recipes but this is one of my favorite ones. Have a look at this samp and beef stew recipe that two of my lovely South African ladies, Abigal and Zanele, have shared:

South African Recipes – On the menu today:

  • Beef stew
  • Creamy spinach
  • Butternut
  • Samp and beans

Note: Samp= peeled finely crushed corn. Outside of Africa, you might only find it in African Shops!



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What do you need for Beef Stew with Samp and Beans 

(serving for 4 pax):

  • Oil
  • Ginger
  • Garlic
  • 2 Onions
  • 4 Potatoes
  • 4 Carrots
  • 1 kg of beef cubes
  • 500 g Samp and Beans Mix (outside of Africa you might only find samp in Special African Shops)
  • Chicken Stock



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  • 1 pack of Brown Onion Sauce
  • 1 Beer or a bootle of wine
  • Curry Powder
  • Sugar
  • Butter
  • Tomato Paste
  • Cremosa
  • 1 Pack of Spinach
  • 1 Butternut


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How to cook Beef Stew:

Rub flour on the meat to lock the meat’s flavor. Chop onions and fry them in a pan. Once ready, add crushed garlic, chopped ginger, curry powder, tomato paste, chicken stock and beef cubes. You can add any other spices you want. You can then add a bottle of beer or wine and a pack of Brown Onion Sauce to give it a bit of flavor.



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Cover and cook everything for 30 minutes and then slow cook it until the meat is soft. Once the meat is soft, you can add potatoes and carrots, then cook it for another 15 minutes.

samp and stew

How to cook Samp and Beans:

You are best adviced to buy a package in the supermarket where beans and samp are already mixed. Alternatively, you may proceed to wash the samp and beans twice.

Quick tip: Boil water and soak samp and beans preferably over night.

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Proceed to remove the water and put the samp and beans in a big pot. Boil water again and cover samp and beans in the pot. Cook it for 30 minutes until samp and beans soften and always make sure that it is covered with water. Stir it once in a while but not too much. The samp, which is finely crushed corn, is going to soak up all the water. Add sliced carrots, potatoes and chicken stock, then cook for another 10 minutes. Done.

Already looking delicious, proud of our South African dish.

How to prepare the Butternut:

Cut the butternut into cubes, add a bit of water, sugar and butter and cook it until it´s soft.



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Creamed spinach recipe:

Chop onions and garlic. Heat oil in a pan and fry the onions and garlic. Once they are soft, add spinach and let everything cook for about 10 minutes. Eventually, you add cremosa.

Healthy and delicious

Done. Bon Appetit!


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Have you cooked Samp and Beef Stew before? Please let me know in the comments!


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