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West African Peanut Stew Recipe

Simple healthy ingredients make up this vegetarian stew with bold flavors that will take you by surprise.

Course Main dish
Cuisine West African
Keyword easy ethnic food, easy stew recipe, sweet potato stew
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings: Change to adjust-> 8 servings
Calories 335 kcal


  • 4 sweet potatoes medium, peeled and cubed
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 onion sweet, diced fine
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 jalapeño seeded and chopped fine
  • 1 Tbsp ginger fresh, minced or microplaned
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • ½ cup peanut butter smooth
  • 1 Tbsp coriander powder
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 cup corn whole kernels, rinsed canned or frozen
  • 3 cups spinach fresh baby spinach, roughly chopped
  • 15.5 oz black beans 1 can, drained and rinsed
  • salt to taste


  1. Wash the sweet potatoes, peel and dice into 1 inch cubes. Set aside.

  2. Dice the onion, mice the garlic and ginger. Seed and dice the jalapeño then set aside.

  3. Add the vegetable oil to a large Dutch oven on medium heat. Sauté the onion until it is translucent.

  4. Add the ginger, garlic, jalapeño, tomato paste and coriander. Stir to combine and cook for 12 minutes stirring frequently.

  5. Add the sweet potatoes and vegetable stock. Simmer for 15 minutes or until the potatoes are fork tender. Reduce the heat to keep from boiling if necessary.

  6. Once the potatoes are just soft turn off the heat then add the peanut butter, corn, spinach and black beans. Add salt to taste.

  7. Serve with a sprinkle of cilantro on top. You can enjoy it plain for with steamed rice.

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Nutrition Facts
West African Peanut Stew Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 335 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Sodium 649mg28%
Potassium 871mg25%
Carbohydrates 48g16%
Fiber 10g42%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 17485IU350%
Vitamin C 13mg16%
Calcium 78mg8%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.