Ground Beef Stew

I’ve been thinking a lot of about a street food in Benin typically called “pain viande hachee,” which translates to ground beef bread – pretty much. It’s basically a sort of sandwich made with French baguette and ground beef stew. I use “stew” here because I am not sure how else to call it. Technically, it is not a stew. Let’s make cook some ground beef to use during Ramadan.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 small green pepper, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 large carrot, shredded
  • 2 scallions / green onions, chopped
  • 3 tsp. of mix of spices (the spice mix I used contains: black pepper, white pepper, coriander, fennel seeds, star anis, and ginger)
  • 1 tbsp. all-purpose seasoning
  • Salt to taste
  • Olive oil
  • Parsley to garnish (optional)

Tools

Directions

Step 1 : Season the ground beef: add a bit of salt first. Then, mix in the spices mix. Let sit for at least one hour. You can keep it marinating for as longs as you’d like. The more, the better.

Step 2 : Chop all your veggies: onions, scallions, green bell pepper; mince the garlic cloves; peel and serrate peel the carrot.

Step 3 : Bring the seasoned ground beef into the pan and let cook until brown, while stirring and breaking the meat up into pieces. Please do not add any water. The natural juices from the meat will suffice. When most of the meat is brown, remove from the heat and set aside in a separate bowl.

Step 4 : When most of the meat is brown, remove from the heat and set aside in a separate bowl. Place the pan used to cook the ground meat back on the stove and add some olive oil.

.Step 5 : Add the onions, green onions, and garlic into the pan. Stir for a couple of minutes, then add the green bell peppers. Season with salt and all-purpose seasoning and allow to cook for a couple of minutes while stirring.

Step 6 : Add the cooked ground beef back into the pan, with its stock/broth, and let cook for 5 min under medium heat. Add the shredded carrots and combine well.

.Step 7 : Garnish with parsley and cover to simmer for a couple minutes. Serve with your side of choice and enjoy!

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Notes

  • You can eat this with French baguette, rice, fried plantains, or fried yams
  • If you prefer ground chicken or ground turkey, that should do as well
  • You can also play with the veggies. For example, add other colors of bell peppers

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