African-Style Sweet Potato Stew

We have not yet “thawed out” here in Northern New England, so we still appreciate hearty soups and stews this time of year.

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This West African-inspired stew features sweet potatoes and nut butter- maybe your tried a similar version at an African restaurant or an ethnic foods cafe.  It is YUMMY!  We leave out the peanut butter and replace it with almond butter or cashew butter as they are a better choice nutritionally and health-wise.  If you don’t have any concerns with peanut butter you can certainly substitute it.   Chickpeas can be substituted for the kidney beans, if you prefer.  Serve over millet and it becomes a meal!


African-style Sweet Potato Stew

2 Tbsp. oil/butter

2 onions, diced

Opt: 1 jalapeño, minced

2 tsp. freshly grated ginger

2 cloves garlic, crushed

2 tsp. ground cumin

1 tsp. ground coriander

½ tsp. cinnamon

½ tsp. turmeric

1/8 tsp. ground cayenne


3-4 med. sweet potatoes*

15 oz. can tomatoes

1 can kidney beans**

3 cups water

1 tsp. sea salt

½ cup nut butter***

opt: 1 Tbsp. lemon juice

Peel and cut sweet potato into cubes.  Sauté onion (and jalapeño, if including) in oil/butter until tender.  Add rest of ingredients above line and sauté for 1 minute.  Add the ingredients below the line, except for nut butter and lemon juice, to the mixture.  Bring to a boil then simmer for about 30 minutes, until the sweet potatoes are tender.  Mix a bit of the soup broth into the nut butter, then combine with the soup, and lemon, if desired. YUM!

*about 2 ½ -3 lbs.

** drained, or 1 can drained chickpeas

***almond butter, cashew butter, etc.

© 2010 Kim Wilson,

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  1. Eva Dellinger on October 1, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    This stew looks so good. I want to try it!

    • Kim Wilson on October 3, 2011 at 5:04 pm

      We just had it for lunch today. My folks were over and my dad really enjoyed it.

  2. Dawn on December 15, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    I might make this tomorrow. Sounds really good!

    • Kim Wilson on December 27, 2011 at 2:22 pm

      Hope you and the family loved it. It’s been a big hit around here.

  3. Megan on June 15, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    This is a monthly staple in our home the past few months. Great recipe, so flavorful!

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