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Plant-Based | Nut Free | Dairy Free | Vegan | Vegetarian | Gluten-Free

A world connected through shared experience. A celebration of the power of food to bring us together. To awaken our senses. To inspire laughter. To enlighten us and broaden our awareness.

A world better because we have lived, fully.

Welcome to Chakalaka
where we celebrate living life together.

Chakalaka, meaning “All Together,” is...

...a vibrant South African bean dish that features spicy hints of curry, peppers, and hearty vegetables.

...a heritage dish that can be served as a plant-based entrée or as an accompaniment to grilled meats, hearty brunches, and holiday celebrations.

...a celebration of the power of food to bring us together.

…a dish made in the spirit of ubuntu —
"I am because we are."


In South Africa, chakalaka is traditionally served at South African barbecues or braai, enjoyed in the spirit of togetherness. Here's what people are saying about Chakalaka:

“This bean dish is versatile and can be used with a wide range of different foods. I used it on top of a hot dog. It’s similar to a chili so it was really good on the hot dog. It’s somewhat sweet tasting but then has a tiny kick. It’s the perfect “medium” spice.”

—Chelsea, Amazon

“One of the best instant vegetarian bean dish I ever tasted”

—Edward, Amazon

“I’m glad I found this product! This bean dish is amazing! It’s so easy to make and doesn’t take long at all! It has a medium hint of spice that’s just right! This dish is delicious and can really be paired with any main course. I highly recommend!”

—Savage UGC, Amazon 2

“This was easy to make, didn’t take a long time and had a great flavor without being super spicy.”

—Happy in NY, Amazon


Travel by ENTREE | September 8, 2023

CHAKALAKA: delicious plant-based South African heritage dish

Chakalaka, Zulu for “All Together” is a well-known and delicious plant-based South African heritage dish that is now available in convenient packages thanks to a New Jersey company, Chakalaka Brands. To prepare and enjoy this traditional mouth-watering mix of beans, vegetables and spices is more than a simple and most enjoyable ritual: it is an […]

The Food Institute | August 22, 2023

Boom Chakalaka – a Conversation with Chakalaka Brands

What’s plant-based, gluten-free, and of South African origin? Turns out, chakalaka is just that, but what is this product? Chakalaka Brands founder Leeto Tlou joined The Food Institute Podcast to explain his pivot from the finance world to the food industry, the South African cuisine’s history, and how its flavors could be perfect for the […]

Ebony | August 10, 2023

Bring the flavors of south africa to your table with Chakalaka

One of the best ways to experience culture is through food. These days, you can get a global experience without traveling far. It’s possible to create delicious dishes from all over the world right in your own kitchen. And Leeto Tlou, founder of Chakalaka Brands, wants you to do just that. After trying chakalaka, a […]