I came across an African sweet potato stew recipe a few years ago, and adapted it to suit our taste. It is very flavorful and just a bit spicy - just right for cold days! This recipe makes a lot of stew, so it may be halved for a smaller portion, but also freezes very well.

Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
6 hrs 15 mins
total:
6 hrs 45 mins
Servings:
10
Yield:
10 servings
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place onion, jalapeno peppers, garlic, ginger, cumin, salt, coriander, cinnamon, and red pepper flakes in a large slow cooker. Pour in water and stir to combine. Mix in sweet potatoes, tomatoes, chickpeas, and peanut butter.

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  • Set cooker to Medium-High, cover, and cook until sweet potatoes are tender and stew has thickened, about 6 hours. Stir in green beans, cover, and continue cooking until beans are heated through, 15 to 20 minutes.

Cook's Note:

Substitute 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger for the fresh ginger if preferred.

If you like, coat 1 pound pork stew meat with flour and cook in a small amount of oil in a skillet over medium heat, drain, and add to the stew with the green beans (in step 2).

Nutrition Facts

231 calories; protein 7.4g 15% DV; carbohydrates 43.1g 14% DV; fat 4.2g 7% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 568.8mg 23% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
01/01/2019
To make it more authentic, for a Rwandan, use white sweet potatoes, and don't use chickpeas. Some areas use them and some don't. This is a vegetarian recipe, and the reason I like it is that much of east Africa eats mainly vegetarian, and actually much of the world, mainly for economic reasons. Americans tend to think than all savory main dishes have meat, but that's not true everywhere. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
04/08/2016
I tried to make this following the steps exactly and it did not look anything like the picture (no corn peas?...) and it was awful. Read More
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26 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 17
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
12/31/2018
To make it more authentic, for a Rwandan, use white sweet potatoes, and don't use chickpeas. Some areas use them and some don't. This is a vegetarian recipe, and the reason I like it is that much of east Africa eats mainly vegetarian, and actually much of the world, mainly for economic reasons. Americans tend to think than all savory main dishes have meat, but that's not true everywhere. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/02/2017
I just realized I forgot to add the garlic and I still loved it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/28/2018
I only used one can of chickpeas and one can of tomatoes. I substituted vegetable broth for the water in the recipe. It was great! Would make it again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/03/2019
I followed the ingredients of this recipe, but left out the green beans. When it was finished cooking, I puréed the entire batch for serving. Flavourful! My daughter had two bowls. I served it with focaccia bread. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/09/2018
I made this this using only fresh ingredients (with the exception of canned chickpeas) and it came out very good. I used peanut powder instead of peanut butter to keep the fat down and added a great deal more red pepper flakes to increase the heat Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/20/2018
Don't look for dessert sweetness, this wonderfully slightly spicy stew is true comfort food of the highest order. I did add a bit of salt and a dollop of butter at serving, but on the whole it is absolutely delicious. I took it to an African History Month Luncheon and nothing but raves. Great with sauteed greens! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/25/2018
Didn't have jalapeno's the first time I made it, but still quite tasty. We might try a half batch next time with the jalapeno and add some meat. Still very good as a vegetarian dish, and nice to have the option to make it either way. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
04/08/2016
I tried to make this following the steps exactly and it did not look anything like the picture (no corn peas?...) and it was awful. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/03/2019
Used vegetable broth in place of water per recommendation of previous reviewer. Served with couscous. Yummy. Read More
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