Chef Chidi
Red red

Red red is a delicious-looking and tasting Ghanian food, beans are quite popular in west-African, It is however prepared differently by different cultures in Africa.

Besides Nigerian foods, I have been learning about west-African foods and loving it. This Ghanian bean stew is one of many yet to come.

In west-Africa, we have same staple foods and similar recipes, almost the same. 

The exception is usually the spices, method of cooking and maybe choice of ingredients.

We have staple  foods like yams, potatoes, rice, beans, cassava, wheat, plantain, etc.

What is Red (Beans Stew)

Beans stew is basically a perfect combination of beans and tomato stew. It is served with fried ripe plantain. However, you can go wild and pair this with white boiled basmati rice, thank me later.

That’s my favorite combo, as you can see!

Red stew with rice

I didn’t use animal protein in this recipe, except shrimp powder, of course, it is by design. I consider this my entry point into a whole new world of vegan foods.

Vegan foods are plant based foods – without animal protein.

In Ghana, where this recipe supposedly originated from, it is paired with fried ripe plantain as you can see above.

Red ripe fried plantain is red, poridge beans is also red, hence the name.

Recipe for bean stew below.

Red Red Recipe

Red Red Recipe - How to Make Ghanian Beans Stew

Chef Chidi
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine Ghanian Cuisines
Servings 6
Calories 369 kcal


  • 2 Cups beans black eyed peas
  • 1 Seasoning cube
  • 2 Large-sized onions
  • 1 Tbsp shrimp powder
  • cup Palm oil
  • 2 Red bell peppers or tatashe
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 large plum tomato ?
  • 5 Red scotch bonnet peppers
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 finger garlic
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 Large ripe plantains.


  • Slice the onions and divide into three parts. You will use one part for cooking the beans and the other two for the stew.
  • Combine ginger, garlic, scotch bonnet, red bell peppers, tomatoes and blend to paste.
  • Soak black-eyed peas overnight and proceed to cook with just 3 cups of water and sliced onions. Cook till it becomes soft, should take 45-50 minutes. You can add more water in between (a cup at a time)
  • Add a teaspoon of salt, and shrimp powder to the cooked beans
  • Let it simmer on medium heat for 5 minutes, stir and set aside.
  • Set another pot on heat, add palm oil and allow heating for one minute. Add sliced onion and let it heat for another 1 minute. Add the tomato/ginger/pepper paste and let it fry for 15-20 minutes.
  • Stir occasionally, you don't want it burned.
  • Add the remaining one-part onions and stir-fry for another 5 minutes.
  • Also add a seasoning cube and 2 cups of water, then salt to taste.
  • The cooked beans (black eyed peas) should be added now, stir. See image.
    red red making
  • Let it simmer on low heat for 10 minutes and thicken a little more. When you are done, it should be looking like mine.
  • Your bean stew is ready to serve.
Keyword Beans and Tomato stew, Beans stew, Ghanian red, Red Red Stew,

Your bean stew (red red) is ready to serve.

Serve with fried ripe plantain. You can also pair with boiled yam or even white boiled rice. I have tried all these options, especially rice and this beans stew, yummy!

In Nigeria, we cook beans in different ways the only one closest to this is our porridge beans

Alternatively, you can try other bean recipes from Africa. We boil plain rice/beans and serve them with stew.

You could also try rice and beans jollof, you are going to love it.


Chef Chidi

I like beans, anything made from beans, red red is just a good dish, the fact that I can serve it with white boiled rice, fried plantain or even boiled yams.

May 20, 2023

5 stars
Looks like porridge beans, seen it in Ghana and still don’t know why they rarely serve with rice. Usually, they serve red red and plantain.

May 17, 2023

I love that you paired red red and long grain rice. I kuku stopped eating ripe plantain. At least not in excess. I am trying this soon.

October 12, 2022

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Omg! Chef, I love u so much, God bless d day I came across dis site,u make me wanna eat every time and try all recipes,Have tried d fried rice,mashed chicken porridge,indomie and I am trying d beans 2nyt, U re Jst Awesome,Tnks 4 impacting so much knowledge God bless you, but I still need u 2 teach us how 2 mk friut juice ,nd spagetti bolognese! LOL.