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South African Chakalaka Bean Salad

South African Chakalaka Bean Salad


5 Servings | prep Time 20 min | Cook time 15 minutes


  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 15 oz can of whole peeled tomatoes, add half the can of juice
  • 3 cups shredded cabbage (yield from about ⅓ head of cabbage)
  • 1 chili pepper, diced and seeds removed
  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 (15-ounce) can of low-sodium baked beans
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • In a large saucepan over medium heat, warm the olive oil. Add the diced onion and stir for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add the curry powder, garlic, thyme, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, and ginger, and stir for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the tomatoes, bell peppers, carrots, and cabbage. Simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Finally, add the baked beans and cook for about 2-3 minutes, stirring often, until fully warmed through. Taste and adjust seasoning, adding salt and pepper if needed. Serve warm.

Chakalaka is a savory baked beans dish served as a side or relish at South African barbeques.