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West African Beans & Rice Recipe

By November 13, 2014May 21st, 2020Insurance
Although this West African beans and rice recipe is very simple, it is packed with flavor. If you can find the West African cayenne, you can make it extra spicy.

  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato past 
  • 1/4-1/2 cup olive oil (palm oil 2-3T)
  • 2 cans white beans, 8oz (navy, great northern, black eye peas)
  • 2 cups water or vegetable broth
  • 1 pinch salt 
  • Cayenne pepper  (to YOUR taste!  
  • 2 -3 cups white rice, cooked


  1. In skillet, add Oil, Onion, Garlic. 
  2. Cook on med heat, stirring often. 
  3. When onion is lightly browned, add Tomato Paste.
  4. Stirring constantly until the Paste has separated and is a deep burgundy/brown color.
  5. Be careful not to let burn!
  6. Takes about 10-15 minutes.
  7. Stir in Bean juice
  8. Then, add the beans, salt and 1cup of the water.
  9. Let simmer about 10min.
  10. Stir occasionally.
  11. When mixture begins to thicken, stir in Cayenne Pepper, to taste and continue to simmer til you have a thick, velvety sauce’.
  12. Use remaining water or broth to adjust consistency to your liking.
  13. Serve over White Rice.

Cecil B. Williams