African Peanut Stew

By: Emily Bacheller

January 27, 2021

African Peanut Stew

Celebrate African Heritage and Health Week with this healthy and comforting vegan stew. Exotic spices and nutty peanuts make the flavor profile of this dish unforgettable and crave-worthy. Serve with brown rice for a complete and filling meal!

  • Course: Main Dish
  • Cuisine: Vegan


  • 1 1/2 tbsp oil
  • 1  onion, diced
  • 4  garlic cloves, minced
  • 1  jalapeño, cored and finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp ginger, minced
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cayanne
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1  large sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 bunch kale, chopped
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, for serving

Cooked brown rice, for serving
Roasted peanuts, for serving


  1. Heat oil in a large, deep nonstick pan or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the onions with a pinch of salt. Cook until the onions are just starting to brown, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the garlic, jalapeño, ginger, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, cloves and cayenne then stir together and cook for about 2 minutes.
  3. Add the tomato paste, sweet potato, peanut butter and vegetable broth. Stir together and bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook for 20 minutes, or until the sweet potato is tender.
  5. Add the chopped kale and simmer for 3-5 minutes, or until wilted.
  6. Stir in the lime juice. Season to taste, adding salt and pepper if needed. Remove from heat.
  7. Dish into bowls and sprinkle with cilantro and peanuts to serve. Add brown rice to bowls if desired.

Recipe Note

Inspired by: Rainbow Plant Life