Elsie’s Obe Ata Ground Turkey Stew

Here at Egunsi Foods, we love collaborating with other recipe developers when we can. Elsie Kriz of @AFROVITALITYEATS on Instagram is a talented and creative recipe developer who loves to garden and regularly incorporates her seasonal produce into her meals. It’s such a special part of experimenting in the kitchen to use seasonal produce, and it’s so exciting to highlight her recipes that put it at the forefront!

She developed this recipe for Obe Ata Ground Turkey Stew, and it does a fantastic job of incorporating our Obe Ata West African Tomato Soup into a hearty and warming stew for these cold winter months.

Why We Love This Obe Ata Ground Turkey Stew

You might think you know what we’re talking about when we say ground turkey stew, but we don’t think you’re ready for this recipe that gives a traditional sauce a West African flare. Obe Ata – what we consider one of West Africa’s mother sauces and a backbone of our culinary traditions – heads up the flavor profile, bringing tomato, red bell pepper, habanero, and onion to the party.

One-Pot Comfort Cooking

There’s something about it getting dark so early that just makes you want to curl up as soon as the sun goes down. This stew will not only warm you up from the inside out with its natural heat from the habanero peppers in the Obe Ata, but it also comes together so easily in just one pot. Everything from cooking the turkey to simmering the final stew can be done in the same saucepan, meaning you have fewer dishes to deal with after your meal. Nothing quite says “comfort cooking” like a one-pot meal.

Seasonal Ingredients

This recipe is packed with nutrient-dense veggies, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune at your local supermarket. The produce found in this stew – potatoes, swiss chard – is all in season for the winter, meaning it should be easy to find, super fresh and easy on your wallet, too.

Potatoes and swiss chard are hearty veggies that can provide a lot of extra sustenance to your stew and pack a nutritional punch. Potatoes are a great source of vitamin C, vitamin B6, and potassium, while swiss chard brings its own source of vitamin C, iron, and magnesium. With these veggies in your meal, you’ll be sure to feel warm, cozy, and satisfied after dinner.

When you cook with in-season produce, you’re also usually cooking with higher quality produce. The more in line with the seasons you are, the more you can trust that your produce is fresher and even richer in flavor. It’s a great way to get the most bang for your buck, and keep your adventures in the kitchen exciting as you explore different produce throughout the year.

For her stew, Elsie uses swiss chard that she grew in her home garden. This recipe is a great opportunity to use any home-grown produce you might have on hand and participate in a little personal farm-to-table cooking!

Egunsi Foods Kitchen Staples

We’re all busy, and it can feel even harder to check off the things on your to-do list – like going to the grocery store – when your bed is probably just begging you to curl up with a blanket and a book or the TV show you’re currently hooked on. That’s why it’s always a good idea to have certain pantry staples stocked, so you always have what you need to throw together a delicious and nutritious meal, no matter what time or day of the week it is.

Egunsi Foods’ soups and sauces make perfect pantry staples, because they can help you pull together easy meals like this turkey stew all winter long. Our soups can be eaten on their own or used as the base for an entirely different meal, and our sauces can help bring the flavor of a classic dish to a whole new level. 

If you’re looking for something to keep you excited about cooking this winter, stock your pantry with Egunsi Foods!

Elsie of Afro Vitality Eats

Elsie is a food photographer, recipe creator, and blogger. She and her mother are both from Cameroon, and she draws a lot of her West African inspiration from cooking with her mother throughout her childhood. Elsie cherishes these memories, and she hopes to continue to share those feelings of enjoying delicious food with those you care about.

We love working with Elsie, because just like us here at Egunsi Foods, she loves to explore West African flavors in both a traditional and cross-cultural way.

Check out and follow Elsie on Instagram @afrovitalityeats!

How to Make Obe Ata Ground Turkey Stew

Prep time: 10 mins

Cook time: 45 mins

Total time: 55 mins

Servings: Feeds 4-6 people

Soup Ingredients:

1 lb. lean ground turkey

2 Tablespoons avocado or olive oil

1 cup lightly packed chopped sweet onions

1 cup diced celery

1 cup diced carrots

1 Tablespoon minced garlic

1 jar of Egunsi Foods Obe Ata Soup

2 cups of chicken broth (feel free to add more for a thinner stew)

2 cups of russet potatoes, cubed

¼ cup packed fresh herbs, finely chopped (a mix of parsley, rosemary, oregano, and thyme)

2 cups roughly chopped Swiss chard (can substitute spinach or kale)

Salt and pepper to taste

Cooking Directions

  1. Add the ground turkey to a medium nonstick saucepan and cook, stirring occasionally until cooked through (no pink left in the meat, and most of the water has been cooked off).
  2. Add the oil, stir, and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add the onions, celery, and carrots. Cook until the onions are translucent. Season with 1-2 pinches of salt.
  4. Add the minced garlic and cook until fragrant (just under a minute). 
  5. Pour in the Obe Ata Soup as well as 1 cup of chicken broth. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes.
  6. Add the potatoes, half a teaspoon of salt, and the remaining cup of chicken broth. Cover again and simmer for 20-25 minutes, until the vegetables are tender. 
  7. Add the chopped fresh herbs and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  8. Stir in the chopped Swiss chard and cook for another 5 minutes.
  9. Serve topped with more fresh herbs. Enjoy!

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