• 500 grams beef, cubed (you can use stewing beef or any other tender cut)
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 2 potatoes, cubed
  • 1 cup butternut squash, cubed
  • 1 cup green beans, trimmed and halved
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 cups beef or vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat the vegetable oil in a large, heavy-bottomed pot or Dutch oven over medium heat.
  2. Add the chopped onions and minced garlic to the pot and sauté until the onions become translucent.
  3. Add the cubed beef to the pot and brown it on all sides.
  4. Stir in the tomato paste, ground coriander, ground cumin, dried thyme, salt, and pepper. Cook for a minute to allow the flavors to develop.
  5. Pour in the beef or vegetable broth and bring the mixture to a simmer.
  6. Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and let it simmer for about 1 hour, or until the beef becomes tender.
  7. Add the carrots, potatoes, butternut squash, and green beans to the pot. Stir to combine.
  8. Cover the pot again and continue simmering for another 30-40 minutes, or until the vegetables are cooked to your liking.
  9. Taste and adjust the seasoning if needed.
  10. Serve the Potjiekos hot as a hearty stew, typically accompanied by steamed rice, maize porridge (pap), or freshly baked bread.

Potjiekos is a traditional Namibian stew that is cooked slowly over an open fire or stove. It is known for its rich flavors and is often enjoyed as a communal meal with family and friends.



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