Beef sishebo with beans

Getting chilly? Then it may be time to throw together this hearty, one-pot dish to warm you up. It’s a proudly South African, delicious, wintery meal, guaranteed to dress you and your family in satisfied smiles. Dig in!


  • ½ cup (125 ml) dried sugar or white beans
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) sunflower oil (coconut or olive oil may be healthier options)
  • 500 g stewing meat, fat removed
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, seeds removed and chopped
  • 2 cups (500 ml) water
  • 1 cinnamon stick (optional)
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) curry powder
  • 2 potatoes, chopped
  • 300 g butternut, cubed
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) salt
  • Lemon juice and black pepper to taste


  1. Soak beans in 1l of water overnight. Rinse and drain.
  2. Heat half of the oil in a pot and fry meat until golden brown. Spoon out and set aside.
  3. Heat the rest of the oil and fry onions, carrots and green pepper for a few minutes.
  4. Add beans, meat, water and cinnamon. Bring to the boil and reduce the heat.
  5. Simmer with a lid for 1½ hours or until the beans are cooked.
  6. Add the remaining ingredients and simmer for another 30 minutes or until the meat, beans and vegetables are tender.
  7. Season with lemon juice and pepper and serve hot.


  1. Leave out the potatoes and serve on a small portion of samp. Add 1 cup of frozen peas to the sishebo at the end.
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