African Groundnut Stew
Recipe type: Stew
Serves: 4-6
A hearty stew full of nutrition and ingredients thought to bring luck in a new year.
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ medium onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 ounces green chiles
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ Tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3 cups sweet potato, chopped into small cubes
  • 1½ cups water
  • ¼ cup creamy natural peanut butter
  • salt & pepper
  • 1½ cups cooked black eyed peas (a can drained and rinsed would work)
  • 1 cup chopped frozen spinach
  • ¼ cup unsalted peanuts
  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion, cover and cook, stirring a few times, until softened, about 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in the garlic, chiles, ginger, brown sugar, cinnamon and cumin. Cook for 1 minute.
  4. Add the sweet potatoes and stir to coat with the spices.
  5. Add 1½ cups of water. Salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low.
  6. Put the peanut butter in a small bowl and slowly ¼ cup water, stirring until smooth. Add the peanut butter mixture into the stew. Simmer about 20-30 minutes or until vegetables are fork tender.
  7. Add the black-eyed peas and spinach. Simmer until heated through, about 10 minutes.
  8. Before serving, taste to adjust the seasonings.
  9. Garnish with peanuts, chopped or whole.
Serve with cornbread on the side.
Recipe by Jill Will Run at