Ghana Red-Red & Plantains

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This week’s challenge was West African – and fortunately for me, Nick spent time in Ghana several years ago and was able to give me some authentic ideas for me to work with.

Nick often talks about “red red” which is a popular dish eaten throughout Ghana. It is typically eaten with your hands, but I served ours alongside from fresh tortillas. No matter how you eat it, this recipe has definitely become one of my favorites.

To make the red red, I combined all of the ingredients in a crock pot and slow cooked the beans until tender, or about five hours – it really was that simple!

Prior to making red red, I had never even tried a plantain before. Not surprisingly, it tastes just like a much-less-sweet banana.

I fried the plantains in a skillet with some butter and oil, and a punch of sugar. I then sauteed the plantains until golden brown. They were just barely crisp on the outside and nice and soft on the inside.

The plantains can be served alongside the red red and can be used like chips to eat it. If you are going for an authentic experience, dig in with your hands!

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Ghana Red-Red & Plantains

The Starving Chef
"Red red" is a dish local to Ghana. Made from dried peas and served with plantains, it's a simple but delicious dish.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 hrs
Plantain Cooking Time: 15 mins
Total Time 5 hrs 20 mins
Course International
Cuisine African
Servings 4



  • 16 oz dried black eyed peas
  • 1 onion
  • 1 tablespoon ginger minced
  • 1 tablespoon garlic minced
  • 10 cherry tomatoes halved
  • 8 oz diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • tortillas or pita for serving



  • Combine all of the ingredients for the red red in a crock pot. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Stir to combine then set on high for five hours OR low for eight hours.
  • When ready to serve the red red, thinly slice the plantains (about 1/8"inch thick) and heat the butter and oil in a skillet over high heat. Sprinkle the plantains with salt and sugar then add to the skillet. Saute until golden brown, about 10-15 minutes.
  • Serve the red red alongside the plantains and tortillas, as desired. Enjoy!
Keyword peas, plantain, slow cooker, tomato
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