African Sweet Potato Stew


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.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
6 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
6 hrs 45 mins
10 servings


  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 2 small jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger

  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground coriander

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • teaspoon red pepper flakes

  • 4 cups water

  • 2 ½ pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into 2-inch pieces

  • 2 (15 ounce) cans diced tomatoes, drained

  • 2 (15 ounce) cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed

  • ¼ cup peanut butter

  • 1 (15 ounce) can sliced green beans, drained


  1. 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.

  2. 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 (per serving)

231 Calories
4g Fat
43g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 231
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Sodium 569mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 43g 16%
Dietary Fiber 8g 29%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 16mg 81%
Calcium 100mg 8%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 744mg 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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