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West Africa Ceebu Yapp Senegal Beef Stew

Senegal favorite food dish is Beef Stew named Ceebu Yapp, pronounced cheh-boo-yap, made with beef, beans, potatoes, onions, carrots, bell peppers and spices served with couscous.

Where is Senegal? Senegal is the 88th largest country in the world on the coast of West Africa bordering the North Atlantic Ocean between Guinea-Bissau and Mauritania. Senegal is the westernmost country on the African continent.

The Gambia is almost an enclave within the country. The French colonies of Senegal and French Sudan were merged in 1959 and granted independence in 1960 as the Mali Federation. The union broke up after only a few months.

Senegal joined with The Gambia to form the nominal confederation of Senegambia in 1982. The envisaged integration of the two countries was never implemented, and the union was dissolved in 1989.

Ceebu Yapp Senegal Beef Stew.

Ceebu Yapp Senegal Beef Stew.


2 pounds beef stew meat

3 cups canned kidney beans

2 large potatoes, diced

2 yellow onions, diced

2 bell peppers, diced

2 carrots, diced

2 large tomatoes, diced

2 tablespoons tomato paste

4 cloves garlic

2 vegetable maggi cubes

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 dry bay leaf

4 cups water


In a large pot add spices, onions, garlic and oil saute 2 minutes. Add water, meat, tomatoes, beans and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes. Add the potatoes and simmer until meat is tender, about 30 minutes more. Add broth or water if the stew is dry. Serve with couscous or fresh bread.

Couscous Simply Made

Couscous is pasta, not rice. Couscous recipes are eaten throughout Northern Africa.

Couscous Simply Made


2 cups water

2 cups dry couscous


In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine couscous, and water. As soon as it comes to a boil, stir in the couscous. Turn off the heat, cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Serve warm with Ceebu Yapp Senegal Beef Stew.

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Simple Cooking Tips

Make sure your cooking work area has good lighting so you can safely see what you are cutting, seasoning and cooking.

Get comfortable with the recipe, read it all the way through. Always read and re-read your recipes before you start cooking.

Season and taste as you go. Always taste your food before seasoning.

Spices and herbs are essential to African food cooking and baking. Keep your spices away from sources of heat like the stove or lights. Herbs and spices can lose their flavor when exposed to humidity and heat.

Recipes are only a guideline so feel free to substitute items that you like.

When cooking with chili peppers, protect your hands and eyes by wearing rubber gloves. Or coat your hands in vegetable oil and wash them with soap and water immediately after handling.