Chakalaka a South African dish that could be salad or a chilli stewed beans. Depending on preference some say beans is not necessary to make chakalaka but majority of the recipes I have seen have got beans in them and for me that is just perfect as I love baked beans, the usual beans used in the preparation.

The recipe use very basic ingredients that you already have at home like onion, peppers, ginger root, garlic cloves and whatever herb or spices you may fancy, like thyme and curry powder.

This recipe is a completely meatless recipe but highly nutritious. Serve on toast for breakfast, pair with plantain, pap or rice for dinner. Suitable to accompany barbeques or simply have it on its own. The options on how serve this are endless.

How To Cook Chakalaka


Servings: 6

Prep Time: 10min

Cooking Time: 30min


  • 1 14oz can of baked beans
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 6 roma tomatoes crushed
  • 1 cup of chopped carrots
  • 1 green bell pepper and any other two colours of bell peppers on hand, chopped(total 3 bell peppers)
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger root
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 2 teaspoon mild curry powder
  • 3 tablespoons piripiri sauce
  • salt to taste


Heat a heavy based pot and heat up oil.

Saute the onion garlic and ginger for about 5-6minutes

Stir in the the curry and thyme stirring often 1-2 minutes

Stir in the chopped bell peppers and carrots for 2minutes

Add the tomato paste, crushed tomatoes and piripiri sauce stir and allow to continue cooking on medium heat for about 10minutes then, add the baked beans with about 250mls of water bring heat to medium low and simmer for the rest of the cooking until sauce thickens to your desired consistency. Add salt to taste.

Serve on a bed of rice, pap or on bread

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