African Peanut Butter Sweet Potato Stew

The ultimate comfort food. Sweet potato and a rich tomato based peanut butter sauce. I added some black eyed peas, but any type of bean or chickpeas would word beautifully; you could also opt for some leftover chicken or even turkey!

Don’t let the name stew put you off. I was going to call it a curry, but then it could be perceived as being spicy. It’s a tomato based sauce with all the peanut butter, ginger, garlic and cumin and it’s my new favourite savoury meal of choice.

It’s incredibly easy to make, and I think the flavour only gets better a day or even two later.

I LOVE adding peanut butter to all my food. Eggs, yogurt bowls, and of course sauces. It just makes them thick, rich, glossy and so much more satisfying.

I created this recipe using Lifeforce Peanut Butter, however it’s not a sponsored post I just wanted to share my enthusiasm for this recipes deliciousness.

African Peanut Butter Sweet Potato Stew

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By Serves: 6 Prep Time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: 40 minutes


  • 130g tomato puree
  • 120g peanut butter
  • 1 litre of vegetable stock or water
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • ½ tsp salt, to taste
  • 2lbs (approx. 900g) peeled and diced sweet potato
  • 2 cans of black eyed peas, drained and rinsed well*
  • 2 large handfuls of kale roughly chopped
  • Chopped peanuts, rice of choice for serving



Place tomato puree, peanut butter, cumin, garlic powder, ginger, water or stock, and maple syrup into a large pot. Blend using a hand blender. Alternatively you can place everything into a large food processor blender and blend briefly. Then simply transfer to a large pot.


Place your pot over a medium heat. Add in sweet potato chunks. Bring to the boil and then leave to simmer for 30 - 40 minutes; until sweet potato is tender.


Season to taste with salt.


Add drained and rinsed beans to the stew.


Allow to heat through for 5 minutes.


You can stir through the kale, or blanch it separately and serve it on the side or on top.


Serve stew with rice, chopped peanuts and kale.

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