Simple African Peanut Stew

Deliciously simple African peanut stew.

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Looking for a unique and delicious dish for dinner? This African peanut stew is packed full of nutrients and flavour. It’s also a quick and easy one-pot meal.


  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 large yams
  • 1 carrot
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 can of beans (pinto or white)
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (optional, if you like heat)
  • 1 large can of diced tomatoes (28 oz)
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1/3 cup of natural peanut butter 
  • 2 cups of greens
  • 1 tsp salt, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper

For Serving:

  • 1/2 cup of sauerkraut (optional, see notes)
  • 1/4 cup of roasted peanuts
  • 1/4 cup cilantro


  1. Wash and finely chop the onions, carrots and yams. Mince the garlic.
  2. Heat the oil in a soup pot. Add in the vegetables and saute until the onions soften.
  3. Sprinkle in the paprika and chili powder. Toss to coat the vegetables.
  4. Add in the peanut butter, water and tomatoes. 
  5. Bring to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes, until the vegetable are soft.
  6. Wash and shread the greens. Stir into the stew and simmer for 1 more minute.
  7. Add the salt and pepper and season to taste.
  8. Serve each bowl with a scoop of sauerkraut and a handful of peanuts and cilantro.


  • To turn this soup into a larger meal, serve it with rice or a flatbread like injera.
  • Serving with sauerkraut isn’t required, but it is a great way to add a dose of probiotics to this recipe. Also sauekraut adds a tangy freshness that really brings out the flavours in this soup. Feel free to use traditional sauerkraut or something with a bit more flavour.

Keywords: gluten-free, vegan, probiotic, healthy, 1-pot meal, winter, fall, spring, simple, easy, quick