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Beef and mango Jamaican stew

Prep time less than 30 mins
Cook time less than 30 mins
Serves 4-6
From Something for the Weekend


  1. Place the nutmeg, curry powder, soy sauce, chilli and salt and freshly ground black pepper into a bowl and mix well. Add the chunks of beef and mix well to coat evenly in the mixture.

  2. Heat the vegetable oil in a pan until smoking, then fry the meat for 1-2 minutes on all sides, or until golden-brown all over. Remove the beef from the pan and set aside.

  3. Add the onion, pepper and garlic to the pan and fry for for 3-4 minutes, or until softened, then stir in the tomato purée and chopped tomatoes and cook for 2-3 more minutes.

  4. Add the meat back into the pan along with the potato chunks, rum and stock, then bring to boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes, or until the beef is tender.

  5. Stir in the mangoes and thyme and cook for a further 4-5 minutes to heat through.

  6. Serve the Jamaican stew alongside cooked long grain rice, and a rum cocktail if desired.


  • 1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 Scotch bonnet chilli, finely chopped
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 450g/1lb braising steak, cut into chunks
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, peeled, thinly sliced
  • 1 green pepper, seeds removed, sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled, crushed
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 4 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 baking potato, peeled and cut into large chunks
  • 50ml/2fl oz rum
  • 300ml/10½fl oz beef stock
  • 2 just-ripe mangoes, peeled, stones removed, chopped
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh thyme
  • long grain rice, cooked according to packet instructions, drained, to serve

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