It’s pretty fun to try out exotic cuisines and taste foreign dishes with explosions of flavor combos you didn’t think were possible. If you’ve been hitting up your fave Italian, Chinese, or Thai vegan restaurants a little too regularly, it’s time to try something new.

African cuisine is rich in spectacular flavor, vibrant color, and serious spice. And we’re not just talking about the Moroccan tagine or Ethiopian injera and wat that you tried out before (and loved). It includes ancient grains like millet and bulgur as well as tropical fruits like bananas, coconuts, and jackfruits. And there are tons of spices to make your palate go, “Wow!” Plus, it’s great for those who want a hearty vegan meal.

Africa’s food has flown under the radar for far too long. Check out these 11 super-delish foods that the bustling continent has to offer.

1. Chapatis

Kenyan-style chapatis—also known as “soft-layered chapatis”—are crispy on the outside and moist on the inside. They go great with beans, fried cabbage, or a creamy stew.

2. Chin-Chin

This popular Nigerian snack is as fun to say as it is to eat! It’s made with flour, sugar, and some nutmeg. It’s so crunchy, sweet, and delicious.

3. Gomen Kitfo

Ethiopian cuisine has so much more to offer than the well-known sour bread and creamy stews. This lesser-known dish is made with collard greens, vegan butter, and spices. People often enjoy gomen kitfo on Meskel, a popular holiday.

4. Jollof Rice

This spicy, creamy rice dish is found in different variations across Africa. One thing’s always the same, though—it’s full of flavor. Jollof rice can be cooked using coconut oil and curry spices for a unique, super-delish flavor.

5. Koeksisters

These pastries originated in South Africa, and they’re outta-this-world delish. There are two versions: the crispy, plaited koeksister that’s dipped in a simple syrup and the spicy, cake-like kind that’s rolled in coconut. Yum!

6. Moroccan Tagine

This North African dish is a crowd-favorite for good reason. Tagines are savory stews—slow-cooked for hours—and have wonderful, aromatic spices like cinnamon, saffron, ginger, and turmeric. You can’t go wrong with this one.

7. Peanut Stew

This super-creamy dish simply warms the soul. It’s popular in West African cuisine and involves raw or roasted peanuts, tomatoes, onions, spices, and oil, all cooked over low heat for hours. You can add potato to the stew for a fuller meal or enjoy it with a side of rice and steamed veggies.

8. Puff-Puff

Puff-Puff is pretty freakin’ popular in West and Central Africa—and for good reason. It’s basically a sweet, fried, soft-on-the-inside, crispy-on-the-outside dough ball. ‘Nuff said.

9. Suya

Think of a peanut satay, add loads of spicy flavor, and you’re getting close. Suya is an extremely popular street food in West Africa. Traditional versions are rolled in finely ground roasted peanuts and suya powder and topped with grilled onions.

10. Yam and ‘Eggs’

This traditional Nigerian dish is extremely popular for breakfast, and it’s incredibly tasty. The veganized version proves that you don’t have to skimp on flavor when eating with compassion.

11. Yam Cake With Lemon Curd and Ginger Swiss Meringue Buttercream

Phew, that was a mouthful! This dessert is inspired by African flavors and offers a new twist on the traditional yam, a staple of West African cuisine. This slightly sweet tuber is extremely versatile, and its flavor is similar to that of a yucca root or an Asian yam. BTW, doesn’t that cake look super-delish? Yep, we think so, too.

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