West African Pot Roast

Recipe: West African Pot Roast


  • 3 1/2 lb. boneless beef chuck roast
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 cup onion — thinly sliced
  • 1 cup water mixed with 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper


  1. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a 4 to 5 qt. ovenproof pot over medium heat. Pat meat dry with paper towels. Add to hot oil along with onion.
  2. Brown meat on all sides. Stir onion occasionally. Add water mixed with 1/2 cup peanut butter, tomato paste and seasonings.
  3. Cover tightly and bake for 2 1/2 to 3 hours in a preheated 325 oven, until meat is fork tender. Lift meat to a cutting board.
  4. Cover loosely with foil and let stand 10 to 15 minutes. Skim fat from sauce.
  5. If you like, thicken the sauce by stirring in 3 tablespoons flour mixed with 1/4 cup water. Slice meat across the grain and serve with the sauce.

Number of servings (yield): 4

Meal type: dinner

Culinary tradition: African

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