Cooking a traditional Ghanaian beef stew is a wonderful opportunity to combine the finest ingredients to produce a fiery and delicious main course for family and friends. West Africans often like to cook dishes that are seriously hot which in most cases is achieved by the liberal use of hot chili peppers. My first experiences with the Ghanaian and West African cuisine go back nearly 30 years when I became friends with lots of Ghanaian refugees. Apart from playing football together we shared traditional cooking recipes with with each other. In those days I was still a complete novice when it came to eating spicy food and so we often ended up making one pot of food for Ekoh Mensa and the other lads and a milder version for me :-). I won't
forget the smiles on their faces when I tried one of their stews for the very first time and although it was very delicious it was as well a few notches to hot for my taste buds. But as I learned over the years the tolerance levels for hot food increase with time and I have become a lover of spicy dishes. In my opinion the most important thing when cooking with hot chilies is to not overdo it. It is such a disappointment if one tastes a wonderful looking stew or curry only to find out that it has been killed with the overuse of chili which led to the taste buds being numbed not being able to taste and enjoy a single bite of an eagerly awaited meal. That is why I strongly advise to initially rather add small amounts of chili to the dish to see how spicy the gravy or curry will become and only at a later stage to add more chili if so desired. This beef stew is prepared with Carolina Reaper chili powder which is regarded as the hottest chili in the world. So I advise you to don't add more than 1/2 tsp. of chili in the beginning. This will be enough to spice up the stew and add the intense flavors and fruitiness of the Carolina Reaper to the dish.
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: at least 120 minutes
Resting time: 0 minutes
Total time needed: at least 2 H 15 minutes
Grade of Difficulty: standard
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