Simple Peanut Butter Stew

West African inspired peanut butter stew with beans and sweet potato

5 from 1 review

Looking for a unique and delicious dish for dinner? This peanut butter stew is packed full of nutrients and flavor. It’s a quick and easy, one-pot meal. Serve it with a forkful of sauerkraut for a burst of freshness and flavor. See the section above for details.


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

For Serving:

  • 1/2 cup of sauerkraut (optional, see section above)
  • 1/4 cup of roasted peanuts


  1. Peel and dice the onions. Scrub the carrot and sweet potatoes. Peel any rough bits off the sweet potatoes (otherwise, leave the skin on as it’s full of fiber) and chop them into bite-sized pieces. Mince the garlic.
  2. Heat the oil in a soup pot. Add in the vegetables and sauté until the onions start to soften, about 4 minutes. Sprinkle in the paprika, chili powder, and cayenne. Toss to coat the vegetables.
  3. Add in the water, tomatoes, and peanut butter. Bring to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes, until the vegetables are soft.
  4. Meanwhile, wash and chop the greens. Drain and rinse the white beans. Once the sweet potatoes are fully cooked, stir the greens and beans into the stew. Simmer for 1 more minute. Add in the salt and pepper. Taste and adjust the seasoning, if necessary.
  5. Serve each bowl with a forkful of sauerkraut and a handful of peanuts.


  • The combination of peanuts and beans means that this dish is a complete vegetarian protein. However, feel free to serve it with rice or flatbread for a more filling meal. (Something I need to do with teens in my house!)
  • Leftover peanut butter stew is AMAZING. I recommend making a double or triple batch and freezing it in straight-sided 2-cup mason jars for quick and healthy lunches.


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