One popular dish from Guinea is “Mafé,” a rich and flavorful peanut stew typically made with meat, vegetables, and a peanut sauce. Here’s a concise recipe for Mafé:


  • 2 pounds meat (beef, lamb, or chicken), cut into cubes
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup peanut butter (natural, unsweetened)
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 2 potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 4 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Hot chili pepper (optional, for spice)
  • Fresh cilantro for garnish (optional)
  • Cooked rice or couscous, for serving


  1. Heat vegetable oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic, and sauté until softened.
  2. Add the meat cubes to the pot and brown them on all sides.
  3. Stir in the peanut butter, tomatoes, carrots, potatoes, bell pepper, broth, bay leaf, thyme, salt, and pepper. Mix well to combine.
  4. If desired, add a hot chili pepper for spice. Be careful with the heat level and adjust according to your preference.
  5. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and let it simmer for about 1 to 2 hours, or until the meat is tender and the flavors are well-blended. Stir occasionally.
  6. Taste and adjust the seasoning if needed.
  7. Serve the Mafé stew hot, garnished with fresh cilantro if desired. It is traditionally enjoyed with cooked rice or couscous.

Enjoy the rich and nutty flavors of Mafé, a delicious Guinean peanut stew!




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