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Sweet Potato Stew: 5 Fabulous Recipe Ideas

Updated on November 29, 2014

What's So Good About Sweet Potato Stew?

If you like sweet potatoes, I'm willing to bet you will l-o-v-e sweet potato stew ... a hale and hearty, simple-to-make, one-dish-meal where sweet potatoes are the main attraction.

Whether you're a novice in the kitchen or a seasoned cook, you can create your own recipes by pairing sweet potatoes with a bevvy of beans ... or a variety of veggies along with a selection of your favorite spices and seasonings.

But in case you need some ideas to get you started, here are five fabulous recipes for sweet potato stew that are (in my humble opinion) hmmm-hmmm good . . .

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A Healthy Start . . .

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Chocked full of antioxidants, super-healthy sweet potatoes provide loads of fiber along with vitamin A, B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin D, manganese, potassium and even iron.

5 Sweet Potato Stew Recipe Ideas

Sweet Potato Lentil Stew

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What do you get when you combine cooked sweet potatoes, lentils, tomato soup and simple spices? Why this super-quick and easy Sweet Potato Lentil Stew, of course!

Moroccan Sweet Potato Stew

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Moroccan Sweet Potato Stew

A terrific recipe from: Ruthie Hansen that uses a combination of spices and orange juice that delivers a dish with a wonderfully balanced flavor. Well worth a try.


3 tablespoons olive oil

3 medium onions, chopped

2 large sweet potatoes, diced

2 cans garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed

3/4 cup brown rice

3 teaspoons cumin

2 teaspoons coriander

1 teaspoon salt, more to taste

Black pepper to taste

A dash cayenne

4 cups water

1 cup orange juice


In your soup pot, heat the olive oil and sauté the onions until translucent. Add the sweet potato, spices and remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil and simmer for approximately 1 hour, or until the rice is fully cooked and the sweet potatoes start to break down and thicken the stew. You can add more water, if needed. Top with cilantro, yogurt or both.

Recipe used under Creative Commons from: Ruthie Hansen

Sweet Potato Vegetable Stew

Chunks of sweet potato combined with a line-up of veggies . . . garlic, onions, celery, carrots, potato, turnip, cabbage, kale, stewed tomatoes. Heck, you can even throw in a cup of cooked pot barley.

A real stick-to-your-ribs meal, especially on cold days.


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Curried Barley Sweet Potato Stew

Create your own recipe ... using sweet potatoes, cooked barley, chopped onion and garlic, tomato soup . . . and season with a healthy dose of curry powder, a bit of allspice and sea salt (to taste).

Note: if you don't have fresh onion or garlic on-hand, you can always substitute with powdered (or granulated) onion and garlic, if you like.

Peanut Sweet Potato Stew with Kale

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"Peanut Sweet Potato Stew With Kale" is a vegetarian version of the West African, "Senegalese Peanut Stew."

It calls for sauteed red onion, garlic, ginger, thick-sliced sweet potatoes, plum tomatoes, kale, veggie broth along with some crushed peanuts, and a scoop of peanut butter.

Although the recipe comes from Mark Bittman's "How to Cook Everything Vegetarian: Simple Meatless Recipes for Great Food," here is a link to the full ingredient list and directions online.

Great served as a one-dish-meal or over rice.


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How to Cook Everything Vegetarian: Simple Meatless Recipes for Great Food
How to Cook Everything Vegetarian: Simple Meatless Recipes for Great Food

"Senagalese Peanut Soup" (aka - Peanut Sweet Potato Stew With Kale) along with a ton more great vegetarian recipes can be found in this gem . . . from best-selling author, Mark Bittman.


Bonus: You Can Even Use Your Slow Cooker - . . . To Make A Really Great Sweet Potato Stew

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Psst . . . If you don't have a good slow cooker recipe . . . here's one I recommend.

What Else Can You Cook With Sweet Potatoes? - Glad You Asked . . .

Willing to Try Sweet Potato Stew? - Or. just let me know you stopped by . . .

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      Shamim Rajabali 3 years ago from Texas

      Really nutritious. I will try the sweet potato with lentil stew.

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      Chazz 5 years ago from New York

      Sounds delicious!

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      Lee 5 years ago from Derbyshire, UK

      I love sweet potato so would be willing to give it a try!

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      anitabreeze 5 years ago

      Oh Yum, I want to try them all, especially the one with Kale!

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      Hal Gall 5 years ago from Bloomington, IN

      The Peanut Sweet Potato Stew with Kale looks good. More restaurants are offering sweet potatoes these days, especially sweet potato fries, which are pretty tasty!

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      myspace9 5 years ago

      They look delicious, thanks for the recipe.

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      Dusty2 LM 5 years ago

      These sweet potato stew recipes sound delicious. I have eaten the Sweet Potato Vegetable Stew many times as a youngster when it was cold outside and you needed something hot and hearty to help take the chill off. Anyway, Thank You for stopping by my Old Fashion Irish Leek and Oatmeal Soup Recipe lens and giving it a "thumbs up". I really appreciate it. Hope you give the recipe a try to will enjoy it. Bon Appetit! (^_-)

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      Kae Yo 5 years ago

      I am bookmarking this so I can make these recipes. I especially like that you used kale. It looks really, really good and I look forward to trying it.

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      Joanie Ruppel 5 years ago from Keller, Texas

      Going to put the ingredients on my shopping list after I finish this comment. My bonus ingredient is fresh kale from our winter garden!

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      rebeccasstore 5 years ago

      I am, admittedly, a meat eater - but - YUM!!! I love sweet potatoes! Thanks for the awesome ideas!

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      DebMartin 5 years ago

      Yummy. Love those sweet potatoes.

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      PetrescuMia 5 years ago

      I am a vegan and I will definitely try one of this.

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      capriht 5 years ago

      Nice... I love sweet potato, especially cooked sweet potato chips mmm

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      kcsantos 5 years ago

      This looks yummy. Will try the Moroccan Sweet Potato Stew. Thanks for sharing!

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      john9229 5 years ago

      Looks delicious! Nice Food

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      LynetteBell 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Some lovely new recipes to try, yumm!

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      Delia 5 years ago

      Indeed I will! I want some right now! they all look great...will try my hand in making it...I love soups and stews.

      ~d-artist Squid Angel Blessing~

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Will have to try this. We love soups.

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      walkingstick 5 years ago

      Yes! I already snarf down slow cooked sweet potato stew, but your lens has given me more ideas for variety. I'm glad that you've mentioned kale. Kale is at its most flavorful now. It gets sweeter with the cold.

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      mrknowitall54321 5 years ago

      Looks and sounds delicious, great lens

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      Jo-Jackson 5 years ago

      I've never tried sweet potato in a stew before but I'm going to give it a try.

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      dawnrepurposes 5 years ago

      These stews look awesome! You just gave me a great idea for dinner :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      We make a lot of soups and stews during the winter months...I'll be checking out the sweet potato varieties now that I know I can use the slow cooker =)

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      JumpinJake 5 years ago

      When I got married 13 years ago, I got hooked out sweet potatoes, my wife knows this and prides up that she found something healthy for me to eat.