African Peanut Stew

inspired meals soup Jan 10, 2022

Soups and stews are my favorite meals. I even enjoy them smack dab in the middle of summer! 

The best part about soup is how easy it is to double or triple the recipe and add to your freezer stash.

Having a small inventory of freezer-friendly homemade meals is a must, especially if you don't have time to cook during the week. This is why soup/stew is a staple in my weekly meal plan.
 Currently I have three containers of chicken soup, one each of 9-Veggie Soup and turkey chili, and two containers of African Peanut Stew I can rely on in a pinch. 

My first experience with African Peanut Stew was at a well-known restaurant in downtown Cleveland. It was like nothing I had ever tasted before. If you love peanut butter and sweet potatoes, you will adore this creamy and super-satisfying stew too! 

African Peanut Stew is a meal in itself. In fact, it’s so filling you won't need the traditional sandwich or salad to round it out. 

The recipe requires an immersion blender (stick blender), but can also be processed in a traditional blender or food processor in smaller batches. 

Enjoy my friends! 

African Peanut Stew

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6-8



  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves fresh garlic, minced 
  • 1 tsp. powdered ginger
  • 1 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch ground cloves
  • 1-15 oz. can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 pounds unpeeled sweet potatoes, sliced and quartered (about 6 medium sweet potatoes)
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 cup organic peanut butter (the only ingredient should be peanuts)
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper 


  1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Sauté the onion until slightly browned.

  2. Add garlic, ginger, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, and cloves and cook for one minute.

  3. Add tomatoes and sweet potatoes and cook for 5 minutes.

  4. Add water and salt and bring to a boil.

  5. Reduce to a simmer for 30 minutes.

  6. Stir in peanut butter and cayenne and blend with an immersion blender until smooth. If you don't have an immersion blender, simply transfer to a blender or food processor and blend in smaller batches. 



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