African Peanut Stew

By SmartyPlants | December 3, 2020
Serves 6
Rich, creamy, and packed with flavor, this staple in African cuisine is made with sweet potato chunks and peanut butter!


1  yellow onion, large, diced
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium fresh jalapeño, cored, seeded, and diced small
2 1/2 tablespoons fresh ginger, minced
2 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, if you like heat!
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 large sweet potato, unpeeled, cut into bite-sized cubes
1/2 cup peanut butter, no oil or sugar added
5 cups vegetable broth
2 cups collard greens, ribs removed and sliced
1/4 teaspoon sea salt, more to taste
6 cups brown rice, cooked according to package directions
1/3 cup cilantro, roughly chopped for topping
1/3 cup peanuts, roughly chopped, for topping
2 squeezes fresh lime juice, for finishing


  1. First, heat a large soup pot over medium heat for about a minute. Add the onions, and let them cook for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Add a splash of water to prevent any sticking. Add the garlic, jalapeño, ginger, cumin, and cayenne, and cook, while stirring, for a few more minutes. It should smell heavenly!

  2. Add the tomato paste, give everything a good mix, and let it cook for another minute, while stirring. Add in the sweet potato, peanut butter, and veggie broth, stir to combine, and bring to a simmer.

  3. Once it’s nicely bubbling, reduce the heat to medium-low, cover the pot, and let it simmer for another 20 minutes or so. Stir in the collard greens, and cook, uncovered, for another 20 minutes, or until your sweet potatoes are cooked.

  4. Give it a taste and add some sea salt if you think it needs it. Maybe a bit more cayenne too, if you want to crank up the heat!

  5. Ladle your Stew over the cooked brown rice into the individual bowls, and top with cilantro, chopped peanuts, and a squeeze of fresh lime juice. Yummy, yummy!

Recipe Notes

This recipe was adapted from a recipe by Making Thyme For Health.

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