If you’re the kind of person who loves to eat spoonfuls of peanut butter out of the jar, then you’ll enjoy this recipe.

Peanut Stew

This peanut stew is a vegetarian take on a classic, hearty, West African dish. Not only does it smell amazing while cooking and taste great, it’s also inexpensive to make. And, if you make your own stock and cook your own beans, then it’s even cheaper still. Wouldn’t it be crazy if you didn’t make this after knowing all of that?

Vegetarian West African Peanut Stew
Serves 4
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
55 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
55 min
  1. 2 Tbsp Coconut Oil or Olive Oil
  2. 2 Medium Onions, sliced
  3. 1 Tbsp Ginger Root, minced
  4. 1 Tbsp Garlic, minced
  5. ¼ tsp Cayenne
  6. 1 tsp Coriander
  7. 1 ½ tsp Sea Salt
  8. 2 cups Sweet Potato, peeled and cut into cubes
  9. 1 Red Pepper, diced
  10. 2 cups Vegetable Stock
  11. ⅓ cup Peanut Butter (100% peanuts, no additives)
  12. 1 cup Crushed Tomatoes (no salt added)
  13. 1 cup cooked Pinto Beans or other preferred beans
  14. ¾ cup Coconut Milk (about ½ can)
  15. A Squeeze of Lime
  16. Cilantro and Crushed Peanuts for garnish
  1. Heat the oil in a medium sized pot on medium high heat. Add the sliced onions and cook for 5-7 minutes. Stir in the garlic and ginger and cook for 2-3 more minutes.
  2. Add the cayenne, coriander and salt. (If you end up using a salty stock, start with half the amount of salt and add more later if necessary.) Cook and stir the spices for 2 minutes.
  3. Add the sweet potato, red pepper, stock, peanut butter, tomatoes, beans and coconut milk. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and let simmer for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cook until sweet potatoes are soft, then stir in the lime juice.
  4. Serve over rice or eat on its own. Add cilantro and peanuts.
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6 thoughts on “Vegetarian West African Peanut Stew”

  1. This is hands down one of the yummiest stews I’ve ever seen. You had me at ‘peanut butter’ but when I read the ingredients list and saw the sweet potato then I was completely convinced that this must taste heavenly good. 🙂
    Perfect dish for the rainy days ahead of us in Barcelona.


      1. Me too!! I was thinking of you last night when I was roasting a pumpkin, smashing the stem against the counter top to break it off. 🙂

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